Deborah Weiss Fertel has been successfully representing and obtaining compensation for injured workers and other injured or disabled individuals since 1985. A large portion of her practice focuses on representing injured workers in their workers' compensation claims at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Circuit Court and Illinois Appellate Court. Deborah has represented workers from across the state of Illinois, across the United States and around the world as she is one of the attorneys in our office who handles airlines claims. Deborah has successfully handled claim for other types of workers including factory workers, truck drivers, office workers, construction workers, state and municipal employees and teachers. She has fought for and obtained benefits for workers who have not only suffered traumatic injuries but also those who have repetitive trauma claims such as carpal tunnel syndrome and workers who have Occupational Disease claims. She has successfully settled or tried cases against employers including United Airlines, UPS, Hyatt Corporation, Jewel and the CTA. Deborah has also obtained numerous settlements and awards for injured workers who are no longer able to perform their jobs and as a result have diminished wages or even a loss of their profession as well as for those individuals who are no longer able to work at all as a result of their work injuries.
Deborah is also one of our attorneys who handle social security disability and supplemental security disability claims for individuals who suffer a physical or mental impairment that has lasted or will last for at least 12 consecutive months and results in marked limitations preventing any substantial gainful work. This puts her in the unique situation of being able to handle both a workers' compensation claim and a Social Security Disability claim for a seriously injured worker.