Herrera Law Center is a Chicago-based law firm dedicated to representing hard-working men and women who have sustained a wide-variety of injuries.

When an injury occurs, most people do not have a plan in place. As a result, the days, weeks and months following a serious injury can be difficult and frustrating, both physically and financially. We help guide injured workers through the legal process. Once hired, we will file a claim on your behalf, communicate with insurance companies and provide sound legal representation. Our team of lawyers will help facilitate treatment with reputable doctors and medical professionals and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Our lawyers have established a reputation of putting up a strong fight against insurance companies. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.

The initial consultation is absolutely free. If you have any questions or doubts about your case, we are ready to help. Our attorneys handle cases throughout the northern part of the State of Illinois, including Chicago and the neighboring Counties (DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and Winnebago) .




of injury cases we handle

Construction Accidents
Motor Vehicle/ Trucking Accidents
Repetitive Trauma Injuries
Burn and Disfigurement Cases
Slip and Falls
Machinery Accidents
Lifting Injuries
Death Cases
Chemical Exposure
Mental Trauma Cases



Joel Herrera, JD


Joel Herrera, a native Chicagoan and founder of Herrera Law Center, LLC, has dedicated his career to representing workers injured on the job. Since 2003, he has represented injured workers throughout the State of Illinois and has successfully prosecuted cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate Court. Aside from being an experienced litigator, Joel is also an accomplished negotiator. He obtains millions of dollars annually on behalf of his clients via settlements.


Joel has been a guest speaker on Univision’s “A Tu Lado,”a legal segment on the 10 pm news, where he provides legal advice regarding employee rights after sustaining a work injury. He is also a weekly featured speaker on the radio show “Tu Voz, Tu Derecho,” which airs on AM 1450. Joel discusses a variety of topics and trends as it relates to work injuries.


Outside of the workplace, Joel dedicates much of his free time to the community. Joel regularly volunteers as a speaker on the topic of work injuries for various community groups and organizations.


State of Illinois

United States District Court, Northern District



ARISE Chicago – Legal Advisory Board Member

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Association

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois



Northern Illinois University – College of Law, JD

University of Illinois – B.A.

Lorena Hernandez, JD


Lorena Hernandez joined Herrera Law Center, LLC as an associate attorney in July 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Lorena represented clients in a variety of cases including bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and work injuries. In 2013, she focused her career to fighting for the rights of the working class. Lorena is an experienced attorney with a history of zealously representing injured workers throughout the State of Illinois. She has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in front of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and works tirelessly to retrieve every benefit that an injured worker is entitled to under the law. At the conclusion of the case, Lorena assures that her clients are justly compensated for their injuries. She has recovered millions of dollars for her clients. Lorena was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised by immigrant parents. She is a first-generation American who understands and can identify with the needs of the working class. Her background and life experiences have inspired her to become a fierce advocate for the injured worker.


State of Illinois

United States District Court, Northern District



Illinois Workers’ Compensation Association

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois



The John Marshall Law School, JD

Nadia Santiago

Nadia Santiago

Nadia Santiago is the direct legal assistant to Joel Herrera at Herrera Law Center. She oversees the organization and management of files while providing a supportive role to clients.

During her free time, Nadia volunteers at the non-profit organization Heartland Alliance’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Much of her work involves spending evenings with refugee women by helping them become self-sufficient via ESL classes. She is also a volunteer for Project Embrace, an organization that helps lessen the economic burden of prom for teenage girls and their families.

2016 ALA, Harold Washington College

Jazmin Miranda

Jazmin Miranda

Jazmin is the direct legal-assistant for attorney Lorena Hernandez. Jazmin joined Herrera Law Center in the fall of 2017 and has been working in the legal field since 2014. Jazmin finds her work very satisfying and takes great pride in helping injured workers. Her interest in the legal field started after participating in her high school’s Law Academy Program.

Jazmin is a proud and dedicated mother to her two children. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


What are my rights if I am injured at work?


In Illinois, if you are an employee of a company and you are injured while in the performance of your job duties, you may be eligible to receive medical and monetary benefits.

Am I responsible for paying the medical bills when I am injured on the job?


No. Your employer, through its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, is responsible for covering 100% of reasonable and necessary medical care related to your injuries.

If I cannot work, am I entitled to receive monetary benefits while I recover from my injuries?


Yes, if you are disabled due to a work injury and are ordered off work by your doctor, you are entitled to receive no less than 66.67% of your average weekly wage. In some instances, you may be entitled to receive up to 100% of your weekly wages.

Am I entitled to receive a settlement for my injuries?


Yes. At the conclusion of your case, if your injuries are deemed to be permanent, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The value of your case depends on many factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries, the body part injured and even your wages.

How much are lawyer fees?


In Illinois, lawyer fees are set at 20% of the total settlement amount. YOU DO NOT PAY, UNLESS WE WIN YOUR CASE.

How To

Find Us

We are conveniently located on the Northwest side of Chicago, in the Portage Park neighborhood, north of the Six Corners district.


The firm is located inside The Four Two Five Two Building.


We are walking distance from the CTA Blue Line, Montrose stop and the Metra Milwaukee District North Line, Mayfair stop. Clients also have access to a private parking lot.


4252 N. Cicero Ave. 

Chicago, IL 60641

M – F | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday by appointment


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