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Richard K. Johnson
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • Illinois
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Richard maintains a busy statewide practice representing injured men and women, many of whom are union members. The unique combination of representing labor unions and individual members in work-related injury claims provides Richard the opportunity to integrate the rights and benefits of a union contract with the statutory benefits of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Maximizing these benefits for the injured work is the goal of every case.

Richard has had an active role in establishing the rights of injured workers in repetitive trauma claims, handling the trial and appeal of the cases from the Commission level to the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition, Richard has written “friend of the court” briefs on behalf of injured workers who are not his clients to persuade the Appellate and Supreme Court of Illinois to award compensation benefits. This work is done through the Illinois Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee and on behalf of the United Auto Workers CAP Council. Richard does not charge fees for his “friend of the court” briefing work as he considers it his duty to give back to his profession and to the injured workers who need his help.

Richard’s litigation before the Workers’ Compensation Commission has led to a number of decisions published by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Appellate Court as well as the Illinois Supreme Court. Each of these published decisions resulted in a victory for the injured worker. Richard has successfully tried and settled cases against General Motors, Mitsubishi, General Electric, R.R. Donnelley, ThyssenKrupp and many others.

Richard K. Johnson was named by Best Lawyers as 2016 "Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimant”. Richard is “AV” Rated by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he is considered to have the highest degree of ethics and competency in his field.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1982)
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1977)
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Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimant
Best Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer in the field of Workers’ Compensation
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AV Rated
Professional Associations
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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Association of Trial Lawyers of America
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Articles & Publications
Disability Evaluation
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Illinois Workers' Compensation Practice
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Marketing, Solicitation, and Client Development in a Changing Ethical Environment
American Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Workers' Compensation , Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Seminar
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. Filed a workman’s compensation with my attorney over 1 year ago. Haven’t heard anything about my case?
A: Please contact your attorney and ask for a status report. There are many reasons you may not hear from the attorney, but if you make an inquiry, the attorney should respond in a reasonable amount of time. This is simply a matter of communication. Good luck.
Q. I had a belly button hernia at work..Workman's Comp wants 10 years of medical/work history released to company&insurance
A: Your employer or its insurance carrier may investigate any past medical records for the condition you claim is work related, but does not have an unfettered right to any and all medical records. Any medical authorization form you sign should be limited to the condition you claim is work related.
Q. Can I file for TTD benefits while I work w/ a laywer to file workmans comp if my employer wouldn't report my injuries?
A: Hello. I am not clear on whether you have an attorney. If so, all such questions should be directed to the attorney representing you as that lawyer is in possession of all the relevant facts. You have an absolute right to secure an attorney. Workers' compensation benefits can be disputed by the insurance company or the employer. The burden of proof is on the injured worker to prove all elements of the claim. The Workers' Compensation Commission is the arbiter of any disputes that the attorney is unable to negotiate. Good luck with your claim.
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Contact & Map
Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
77 W Washington St
20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll-Free: (800) 444-1525
Telephone: (312) 263-6330
Fax: (312) 372-5555
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are happy to arrange appointments after hours or on a Sunday. We are willing to meet you at your home if it is inconvenient to travel. Our job is to serve you.
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