We are experienced Illinois attorneys. Since 2001, we have helped thousands of nurses find the best attorney for their case. If you would like to speak to a lawyer for free, please contact us any time at 312-346-5320.
There probably isn’t a more honorable, salt of the earth job out there than being a nurse. The nature of just about every nurse we meet is so kind, caring and selfless. They help people every day and really make the lives of so many people better.
Legally, nurses face unique challenges at times. Due to the nature of their work, many legal issues can arise. We’ll get calls asking us, “Who is the best lawyer for nurses in Illinois?”
The answer is nobody is “the best.” It depends on what legal situation you are facing.
If you need a lawyer to defend you before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations, the right attorney for you will be someone who has many years of experience and a track record of helping nurses in those cases. These are niche cases that not many lawyers handle. So if you are accused of drug theft or your license is at risk because you got arrested for a DUI or if a patient has accused you of something, you need to know that there are probably around ten attorneys in Illinois who exclusively handle IDFPR cases. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other attorneys out there who dabble in these cases. It means that the best ones are a limited amount of people. Those are the lawyers who increase your chance of success because odds are nothing you are going through they haven’t seen before.
On the other hand, if you injure your back lifting a patient, you need a work comp lawyer which is a completely different attorney that IDFPR. There are hundreds of Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys, but you want one who has been doing it for at least ten years and knows the ins and outs of what nurses face on their jobs. This is important in making sure you get all the benefits you are entitled to and that you get the maximum settlement possible. Them truly knowing your job and understanding what you have to do will protect you when it comes to returning to work after medical care.
And if you are at risk of being fired, you need a labor lawyer that understands what nurses go through. Why you are being let go is important. Often we see nurses retaliated against for reporting Medicare fraud or other illegal activities. You might need not just a labor lawyer, but someone who can protect you as a whistleblower. Other times nurses are asked to do things that they are not allowed to do by law such as sign off on charts that have false information. They need an attorney in their corner who can protect them and won’t have to learn the law as they go.
And while these are the three most common legal situations for nurses, there are of course others. The bottom line is that you want the best attorney for what you are going through. If you’d like our free recommendation as to who you should work with, please get in touch any time. We help everywhere in Illinois.