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When an employee is injured on the job, he or she has a right to compensation during the time they are unable to work because of the injury as well as medical benefits. They also may be eligible for compensation due to negligence on the part of the employer.

By the same token, the employer has the right to defend itself against any claims of negligence, excessive medical costs and to ensure the injury claim is factual.

If you are that employer, you want somebody with experience on your case.

Stephen Kelly has nearly 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, most of that in defense of companies in workers’ compensation cases, employment law and automobile negligence cases. He has been selected as a Leading Lawyer for Illinois in worker’s compensation defense law.

His experience includes:

  • Defending cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
  • Representing self-insured companies and entities in Illinois. Clients include Peoria School District 150.
  • Arguing cases before the appellate courts at both the state and federal level. Clients include Manpower Inc., Methodist Hospital and Springfield School District 186.
  • Lecturing on the subject of workers’ compensation before numerous entities, including the Illinois Hospital Association and the Illinois Institute of Legal Education.

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Tangela Taylor

A Police officer for the City of Peoria suffered a catastrophic injury while working for the City of Peoria. As a result of her injuries, Officer Taylor was unable to return to work as a police officer for the City of Peoria. As her attorney, Stephen P. Kelly obtained her benefits under the Pension Act and her PSEBA benefits. Subsequent to winning the trail for her pension and PSEBA benefits, Stephen P. Kelly tried Officer Taylor’s case in front of the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. After receiving a very favorable award from the Illinois Worker’s Commission, the City of Peoria appealed the award to the Illinois Appellate Court. The City of Peoria argued, that the Pension benefits awarded to Officer Taylor should be used to reduce her award under the Illinois Workers Compensation act. The Appellate Court rejected the City of Peoria’s argument, and upheld the decision of the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission.

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