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My name is Ben, I was a Police Officer for over 20 years. I sustained an on-duty career ending injury and was medically retired. After my career ended, my wife and I moved out of state while my case dragged on for over 2.5 years. I found Stephen Kelly during an internet search in February of 2019 and began to research his record. The testimonials I found were encouraging so I contacted his office and initially spoke to his assistant Britta.

After explaining my situation, I spoke with Stephen and could immediately tell he was who I wanted to represent me. I can say with absolute honesty, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I could tell he was experienced in handling cases such as mine. Stephen and Britta handled every concern I had in this matter with absolute professionalism. Emails were answered and returned very quickly, sometimes in the same business day. While I know I was not his only client, I was made to feel like my case was his number one priority.

After speaking to and meeting Stephen, I could tell that his moral compass was completely in line with mine. I felt he was genuinely concerned about my case and not about the all mighty dollar. Stephen was able to settle my case in in approx. 9 months, reaching an outcome that was fair while also protecting my rights. I would recommend anyone in my situation to seek him out.

Ben S.
Retired Police Officer

My name is Tangela Taylor. I was a police officer for 20 years, injured in the line of duty and had to retire on disability. After a referral from a fellow police officer, I reached out to Stephen Kelly to help me with my case. Mr. Kelly came to my house the day after I was hurt to see me. He was very nice and professional.

Because of my injury, I could not walk, was in pain, and was chair bound. Mr. Kelly took care of so many things for me. Since I could not walk, I needed help cleaning, cooking, and getting to places. Mr. Kelly made all of that happen.

Believe it or not, I was actually placed on light duty when I had not been cleared by my surgeon to go back to work but Mr. Kelly took care of that. When I still needed another surgery after I stopped receiving paychecks, he stepped in and got me back on the payroll.

Mr. Kelly always kept in touch with me, explained things until I understood, walked me through the system, showed me how the law worked, always returned my calls and emails, and made sure I knew what was going on with my case.

I am so blessed and happy that my friend referred Mr. Kelly to me. He is the exact workers compensation attorney that you want working for you and on your side. He is professional and knows his craft and that is what you need when everything has turned upside down for you at work and with your livelihood and personal life do to an on-the-job injury.

Tangela Taylor
Retired Police Officer

After working as a policeman for 27 years, I was in a career-ending accident while on duty. In need of an attorney, a friend and colleague referred me to Mr. Stephen Kelly. While working with Mr. Kelly I found him to be a trustworthy, hard-working attorney. He always returned my phone calls within the same day. A rare find!

Mr. Kelly handled my Worker’s Compensation, PECBA, and On-Line Duty Disability Pension cases. Mr. Kelly left no stone unturned and kept me in the loop during the whole process. Mr. Kelly always went the extra mile.

Stephen Kelly exceeded my expectations in all areas of my cases, I have, and will continue, to refer my friends and colleagues to him. I am an extremely satisfied client.

Brett VonDerHeide, Retired PPD

I am a twenty plus veteran of a Fire Department in the Peoria County area. I sustained a work-related injury, and I was sent to the company doctor. My case was soon denied by the Workers’ Compensation Department. My Employer told me that no benefits would be paid under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Drowning in medical bills, I hired Stephen P. Kelly. Through his aggressive representation, Mr. Kelly took my case on and was able to get all of my medical bills paid as well as a great settlement. Mr. Kelly did not back down to my employer, or their numerous attorneys. Stephen is a fighter and prepped my case for a victory.

If you are being denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits, I recommend you hire Stephen Kelly to fight and win your case.

A Peoria Area Firefighter

Steve Kelly "got the job done!" It wasn't that long ago that he took on my worker's comp case. I like his approach. He was available to discuss my situation when needed. He kept me informed of the process and my options from start to finish. Steve exceeded my expectations! I will tell everyone I know that needs legal counsel to contact him. I appreciate all that he did for me. Working with Steve was a positive experience! James M.

Two years ago I had a position that required repetitive heavy lifting and typing on a daily basis.

After nearly a year of various doctors and treatments ranging from chiropractic and physical therapy to multiple medications and repeated trips to the pain clinic, I was correctly diagnosed with a bulging disc in my upper back and carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands.

After this diagnosis, I was sent to the workmen’s compensation doctor for another opinion. While he did not deny any of the diagnosis, he was of the opinion that my conditions were caused by being female, over the age of 50, and a former smoker.  Therefore, my claims were denied.

At that point, I contacted Stephen Kelly to see about my options. Steve spent a lot of time meeting with me and hearing my story, as well as looking at my various test results. He explained the entire process with me and definitely believed I had a viable case against workmen’s compensation for my denial.

Thanks to Steve, I was able to get the surgery I needed so that I could once again feel my hands. He then got all of the evidence gathered from the doctors and the workmen’s compensation doctor to present my case to workmen’s compensation.

Steve worked diligently to get my case settled quickly and without having to go to court. He also made sure that all of the bills were covered and that no one could come back on me for any bills relating to this issue.

If not for Steve Kelly, I would never have received anything from the workmen’s compensation for this work related injury. I highly recommend Steve to anyone facing a difficult issue of this nature! He stayed on top of everything and kept open communication with me at all times. I felt at ease and appreciated his honesty with me during every phase of the process.

Mr. Kelly took over my case from another attorney. My case had been sitting around for five years. Mr. Kelly took over the case and the matter was settled within 30 days. I received a settlement of $80,000 and all my medical bills were paid for by the employer. I was able to communicate with Mr. Kelly at any given time during the day.

A Peoria area employee working as a tree trimmer

I sustained a work injury while working as a police officer. My employer fought to not pay my benefits that I was entitled to under the law. I attempted to hire two or three attorneys in the Peoria area who told me I did not have a case. I hired Mr. Kelly and we went to trial against the employer. We won the trial and won the case on appeal. Mr. Kelly tried the case and prepared the matter to win. I was able to contact Mr. Kelly at any time during the day. Mr. Kelly tried my matter in a very efficient and excellent manner.

Signed Peoria County area police officer

I am a local area firefighter. I sustained a work injury while working for my employer. The employer would not authorize medical treatment for my injuries. I hired Mr. Kelly to represent me in my worker's compensation case. After I hired Mr. Kelly, within 30 days my medical treatment was authorized. I was provided the benefits I was entitled to under the law.

Peoria Area local firemen

I work for a large manufacturer in the Peoria, Illinois, area. I hired another attorney to handle my case four years ago. The case did not move to conclusion. I hired Mr. Kelly and fired the former attorney. Mr. Kelly was able to get the medical care I needed approved and authorized by the employer. I then received a substantial settlement that allowed me to move on with my life.

A local Peoria welder

I was involved in a motor vehicle accident in the state of Georgia. I sustained serious injuries as result of the same. I was in the hospital for many months. After hiring Mr. Kelly, I was able to receive the compensation I was entitled to. Mr. Kelly was able to obtain a settlement for over a half a million dollars at the end of my case. This matter proceeded quickly under the direction of Mr. Kelly. I was able to communicate with Mr. Kelly at all times during my case. I was advised as to the status of my case at all times.

Signed a Canton area resident

We (the School District) hired Mr. Kelly to defend workers’ compensation cases filed by two employees. The two employees alleged that they were involved in a work-related accident. The alleged injuries were the result of the bus driver, and the monitor, allegedly being involved in an auto accident. Through Mr. Kelly’s aggressive defense of the case, it was discovered that the two employees staged the alleged work accident. Both cases filed by the two employees were dismissed by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Carrier. The claims have been turned over to the State’s Attorney, Peoria County, for determination whether fraud charges should be filed. As the result of the diligent work of Mr. Kelly, Peoria School District 150 saved over $75,000.00 in workers’ compensation benefits.

Peoria Public Schools District 150

I, as a claims manager for Sedgwick Insurance Company, hired Mr. Kelly to defend a workers’ compensation case filed by an employee of Peoria School District 150 with the Illinois Workers’ Compenation Commission. Through the team effort of Peoria School District 150, Sedgwick, and Mr. Kelly, it was discovered that the employee injured herself at home and not at work. Mr. Kelly took the appropriate steps to expose the fraudulent charges to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation at the time of trial. The hearing officer immediately recommended dismissal of the case prior to the ending of the trial. The case was dismissed. Mr. Kelly has directed this case to the Peoria County State’s Atttorney for fraud charges. The case is pending review by the State’s Attorney in Peoria County. By Mr. Kelly’s aggressive skills as an attorney, the Peoria School District 150 and Sedgwick Insurance saved over $50,000.00 in Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Sedgwick Claims Manager

Mr. Kelly is responsible for the first fraud conviction in Sangamon County stemming from a work-related accident. An employee of Curry Ice & Coal sustained a work injury while driving a truck. Through aggressive legal representation by Mr. Kelly, it was discovered that the employee was working at another job while receiving benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. The case was tried in front of an arbitrator in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The case was denied after the employee lied on the stand. The matter was turned over to the State’s Attorney in Sangamon County by Mr. Kelly. Mr. Kelly testified in front of the Grand Jury. The employee pled guilty to insurance fraud.

Curry Ice & Coal

Mr. Kelly has represented Methodist Medical Center/UnityPoint Health for over 15 years. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Kelly has tried over 20 cases for the hospital. Mr. Kelly has a 98 percent success rate at trial on behalf of the Hospital. Mr. Kelly has saved the Hospital over $2,000,000.00 in claimed medical expenses as a result of winning these trials. The Hospital’s workers’ compensation claims have decreased during the time frame Mr. Kelly has represented us. Mr. Kelly is aggressive, responsive and provides a successful plan of action for trial success. We, at the Hospital, consider ourselves protectors of those who are in need of help; Mr. Kelly is truly a protector of the every day hero.

UnityPoint Health - Methodist Medical Center

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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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