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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SUBROGATION


Workers’ Compensation Subrogation attorneys recover your money faster through complex litigation in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

Keis George LLP handles workers’ compensation subrogation in state and federal court across Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. We also handle out-of-state claims and claims involving injury in Illinois. Once an employee files a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party is involved, there may be an opportunity for subrogation recovery, credits, and reimbursements. Our attorneys collaborate with carriers to review and analyze files, identifying third-party responsibility, and proposing a strategy to pursue recovery through complex litigation. We determinedly pursue all effective avenues of subrogation for carriers.

We will start with your lien and work toward recovery.

Most workers’ compensation subrogation cases begin with the carrier or employer placing a lien on the injured worker’s personal injury recovery. The worker may have the right to recover from a third-party but must acknowledge a lien for payments made on medical treatment, lost time and indemnity. Therefore, when the at-fault third-party pays a judgment or settles a claim against a third-party, you as the carrier or employer may have a right to a portion of the recovery.

At Keis George, we manage subrogation files arising from a variety of scenarios, including but not limited to:

  • Defective industrial equipment and machinery;
  • Recovering attorney fees by the carrier;
  • Restricting attorney fees claimed by the injured worker’s counsel;
  • Subcontractor negligence; and
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits.

We also handle a full range of insurance disputes.

Evaluating the initial workers compensation claim and starting with your file, can be complex. If you are on record having disputed the claim or any of the benefits, the case for subrogation can suffer. However, as your advocate, we are determined to accurately assess your subrogation claim and provide trustworthy counsel as we work to identify the best potential for good recovery.

We take a businesslike approach, presenting you with a thorough cost-benefit analysis — assessing costs associated with vendors, the company’s procedures and the insurance policy — so you can make a fully informed decision about how to proceed against the third-party.

There are many business and policy factors to consider in a workers’ compensation subrogation claim. As it is your right to recover your lien, we will review such factors as preparing an intervention to protect your lien and allocating the third-party recovery. Other risks of litigation, such as contractual limitations to subrogation, indemnity issues, statutory defenses and contributions, liens, and the Made Whole Doctrine may prove that the third-party is not worth pursuing.

Other value-added advantages of collaborating with Keis George include:

  • Subrogation litigation by actual subrogation attorneys — Self-insured workers’ compensation and workers’ compensation subrogation are very different beasts, involving very different case law. For this reason, hiring a subrogation attorney often gives the client a strategic advantage in actions for recovery against an opponent who mistakenly retains a workers’ compensation lawyer with minimal knowledge of subrogation.
  • Enhanced claims management — Organizing your claims and determining how and when to approach them are key elements to maximizing value. Keis George Reports, our Client Portal, synchronizes with dozens of systems delivering critical information to keep us one step ahead of pertinent events, such as statutory deadlines, a party’s default on an agreement, or a change in case law. Do not rely on general knowledge to determine a file’s merit. Our firm may discover key bits of information that could change that determination. Our Second Look Program offers research and enhanced analysis to determine if recovery is possible and financially advantageous.

Though counterintuitive, workers’ compensation payments are simply a cost of doing business. However, passing on the opportunity to recover against a third-party can be ruinous to your department. At Keis George, we are determined to protect you from unnecessary financial burdens so you can focus on working recoverable files and improving your ratio of files closed with no recovery percentage.

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Contact Keis George LLP for workers’ compensation subrogation recovery in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. 

Keis George LLP employs a unique approach to workers’ compensation subrogation, working directly with claims professionals to identify third-party responsibility and pursue recovery through complex litigation. For skilled analysis and determined representation of your file, call us at (312) 606-4100 or contact our Chicago office to schedule a consultation.