Mike joined our firm in 2014 and has represented injured workers throughout Illinois in numerous fields of employment. An Illinois native, Mike grew up in Arlington Heights and now lives in Chicago. Mike received an undergraduate degree in political science, cum laude, from Gonzaga University, and he went on to graduate cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While at Loyola, he achieved CALI Awards in both Legal Writing and Advocacy, served on the executive board of the International Law Review, and was a member of the Vis Moot Court team. Mike has continued his success by devoting his practice to representing injured workers and securing their rights before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Illinois Circuit Courts, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Mike has never lost a case in the Circuit Court or the Appellate Court. In 2018 and 2019, Mike was nominated by his peers as an Illinois Rising Star in the area of Workers Compensation. This honor is bestowed upon only 2.5% of all Illinois attorneys who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing less than 10 years.
Some of Mike’s Significant Awards and Settlements (since 2015 only):
Notable Appellate Court Cases
12 WC 15358 – Conway-Freight v. IWCC – Michael successfully argued that the Court should affirm the Commission’s award despite the insurance carrier’s argument that an AMA rating should reduce the amount.
13 WC 2732 – ABF-Freight v. IWCC—Michael successfully argued that the Court should affirm the Commission’s award, including an award of penalties because the insurance carrier wrongfully refused to pay for medical treatment.
Notable Settlements and Awards
15 WC 9279 – $844,911.0 – Settlement for medical transportation driver who underwent surgeries to her lumbar spine and was left with permanent restrictions. This was comprised of $350,000.00 in a lump sum and $494,911.00 in a third-party administered MSA annuity.
13 WC 20689 – $531,134.59 – Settlement for a mason worker who underwent surgeries to his cervical spine and shoulder and was left with permanent restrictions after falling from a scaffold. This was comprised of $450,000.00 in a lump sum and $83,134.59 in a self-administered MSA.
07 WC 50020 – $522,801.01 – Award from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for a plant manager who had to undergo a lumbar fusion surgery and placement of a spinal cord stimulator. All benefits on this case were disputed by the insurance carrier. After several depositions of medical experts, this case went to trial and the resulting award was comprised of $46,497.15 in permanent disability and $476,303.86 in unpaid medical expenses.
12 WC 23241 – $295,000.00 – Settlement for a laborer who underwent total shoulder replacement surgery and was left with permanent restrictions after being injured handling heavy equipment.
15 WC 5463(4) – $254,256.94 – Settlement for a truck driver who underwent shoulder surgery and a lumbar fusion surgery, and was left with permanent restrictions. This case was resolved after several depositions of medical experts. The settlement was comprised of $249,000.00 in permanent disability and $5,256.94 in unpaid medical expenses.
15 WC 36534 – $240,000.00 – Settlement for airline bag handler who underwent rotator cuff repair surgery and was left with permanent restrictions.
14 WC 34945 – $125,000.00 – Settlement for a convenience store employee who underwent thumb and wrist surgery and was left with permanent restrictions.
16 WC 32529 – $110,000.00 – Settlement for a school bus driver who underwent multiple shoulder surgeries and was left with permanent restrictions.
16 WC 19383 – $101,954.70 – Award from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for a City of Chicago laborer who underwent a fusion surgery of the cervical spine.
17 WC 21399 – $100,000.00 – Settlement for an injured mechanic who underwent multiple surgeries and was left with permanent restrictions.
16 WC 00098 – $100,000.00 – Settlement for a nurse who underwent shoulder surgery and was left with permanent restrictions
Michael J. Brandenberg
Phone : (312) 726-5567
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