Gerald Connor works exclusively in prosecuting for the rights of injured workers. After graduating from Northern Illinois College of Law, Gerald began representing clients all across Illinois, including Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Winnebago. He prides himself on his aggressive approach and willingness to take an insurance company to court if the desirable settlement is not offered.
Gerald shines brightest in court because he is quick on his feet and has a firm grasp of employee rights. He once won a case for a truck driver that was denied financial help for surgery and work benefits after he was injured on the job. Gerald was able to get $250,000 and the case remained open until the medical treatment was complete in case the client needed further compensation.
Gerald feels helping injured workers collect their benefits against insurance companies so they can continue to provide for themselves and their families means everything.
Outside of work the south side native enjoys traveling, ice hockey, and playing 16’ softball.
A brief review of Mr. Connor’s notable trial recoveries includes the following:
Perfecto Rosales v. Minuteman International 11 WC 33100
Mr. Rosales’s worked light duty for two years before being fired by his employer. Mr. Rosales’s doctor recommended an L5-S1 fusion surgery. The IME doctor hired by the insurance company claimed the injury was only a strain and no surgery was required.
At trial, not only was the fusion surgery awarded, but the Arbitrator ordered that 78 weeks of back TTD benefits be paid to Petitioner because Petitioner could not find another employer to accommodate his light duty restrictions. The attorney for the insurance company hired a private investigator that showed video footage of Mr. Rosales doing various activities at his home which was ultimately disregarded by the Arbitrator.
Dorsey Douglas v. State of Illinois-Department of Corrections 10 WC 041865
Mr. Douglas worked as a Correctional Officer at Statesville prison and was attacked by a prison inmate. The attorney for the insurance company made a “nuisance value” offer and refused to pay any medical bills.
At trial, the Arbitrator awarded twenty times the amount of the insurance attorney’s offer, plus an order stating that all medical bills be paid. The decision was upheld on appeal.
Pastor Cisneros v. Taqueria Rio Grande 13 WC 019024
Mr. Cisneros a lost a finger after twenty minutes on his first day on the job. The insurance attorney claimed that Mr. Cisneros was not an employee because no employment contract existed, no paystubs existed, and no written evidence of employment existed.
At trial, Mr. Connor introduced medical records into evidence supporting Petitioner’s claims that he was an employee. On cross-examination, the employer admitted that he witnessed Petitioner lose his finger but claimed he was “volunteering” to work. The Arbitrator held that Mr. Cisneros was an employee and Ordered the employer to pay the medical bills.
“Everyone from the staff answering the phone to the attorneys, primarily Gerald Connor, have not only been helpful and quick to respond but patient and understanding. While being hurt and not working as well as not knowing what my employable future would be, knowing that the Dworkin & Maciariello team were with and for me was paramount! Thank you all so very much!” – Ronald S
- Northern Illinois University (B.A. & J.D.)
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
- Illinois Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
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