Accidents happen, but what is important is what you do afterwards.

Injuries can affect anyone and everyone, and when they do, they leave you feeling anxious, stressed, and unsure. You may feel as if you’ll never have normalcy again. You need someone to fight for you, but more than that, you need a team rooting for you, every step of the way.

Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley is that team. Let’s fight to the finish line.


Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation

Accessible, Communicative Personal Injury and Work Injury Attorneys

At Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley, our personal injury and work injury lawyers advocate for families and individuals throughout the Lake County Illinois, area and throughout Northern Illinois, including McHenry County, Boone, DeKalb, Kane, and Winnebago. If you can’t drive or get to our office, don’t worry. We want to make this process as convenient and accessible as possible.


  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Semi-Truck Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Injuries from Defective Products
  • Burn Injuries
  • Battery
  • Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Workers Compensation


Can I recover lost wages due to my injuries?

Being injured in an accident is an extremely traumatizing experience. Many people will find themselves feeling helpless against an insurance company, which is why they hire an experienced attorney at Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley. You will receive the medical attention while the attorney will fight to get all of the medical bills covered as well as lost wages due to not being able to perform a job properly as a result of the injury.

If you are injured in an accident and are unable to return to work, you are eligible for compensation of the lost wages. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injury, the time missed at work, and the hourly rate in which you are employed. You can collect for future medical expenses. pain and suffering and future lost wages. In order to successfully receive compensation your medical providers must document the extent of your injuries.

Of course, every case is different and not every circumstance may be eligible for wage compensation, so it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the details of your case.


Can I see my own doctor to treat my work-related injury?

Yes. Your doctor’s visit will be covered. Go see the doctor of your choice. That doctor may recommend a specialist and that is also covered.

If your company recommends their doctor, there is no problem with going to the company doctor. Be aware that the company pays that doctor so they may not necessarily be acting in your best interest. However, you then will get an “election doctor.” If you see the company doctor, you can also then see a doctor of your choice, if you so choose.

At any point if you’re concerned with how you’re being cared for, contact your workplace injury lawyer at Franks Gerkin McKennna. Sometimes it is hard to know whether or not you are being given proper treatment. Your experienced lawyer can walk through the situation with you and get a full picture, and will help you determine whether or not you should seek a second medical opinion or not.


  • I recommend Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley to anyone. Communication and the way I was treated was great. David Montenegro would even contact me after hours to keep me informed. He and Herb were great and both went above and beyond…He explained all the details of the settlement. I was happy with the final result and was very pleased.

    - James A .
  • I had an accident at work and the insurance was not paying. Both Herb and David answered my questions and reached a good settlement. If I need a lawyer again I would come back to Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley. They were friendly and competent.

    - Dan K .
  • My co-workers told me to go to a lawyer after I was injured. I didn’t know what lawyer to trust. My father in law told me to go to Herb Franks. I took a long time in getting the information to Herb, but he stuck with me and my case. My settlement was fair and I was very happy with the result. Highly recommend Herb Franks and Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley to other people.

    - Greg L .
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