It sounds as though you have a good case, as I said before. Right off the bat, it sounds partially like a HIPAA violation, and then possibly, too, disability discrimination.
Unfortunately, however, most states and the EEOC require that you file a complaint with them for discrimination within 180 days. It doesn't hurt to check that, however. Please double-check the deadlines with the state agency at:
http://www.state.il.us/ihrc/forms/complaint.pdf for the state and
http://www.eeoc.gov/ for the federal agency.
I don't know where/how you've tried to find an attorney.
In Illinois, if you want to find an employment attorney you may want to first try through this organization:
You can find trial attorneys through here:
Another place is the bar association's web site: http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/
Don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references. And don't try to pick the attorney's brain on the phone. Schedule an appointment and visit the office, like you would for a doctor!
In your particular situation, I would try larger firms, probably in Chicago. Larger firms have more resources.
Even if it's too late to file a discrimination case with an agency, you may still be able to file in a state court. And you may have other claims too.
I suggest that you schedule consultations with at least two attorneys, maybe three, even if you have to pay a bit (if you can afford to do so). Make sure that the attorneys have at least five years experience in employment law.
One reason that an attorney hasn't taken your case may be that these types of cases, against governemtnal entities, can be very expensive for an attorney to handle. Attorneys are business people, and if someone takes a case on contingency (commission) he or she is making an investment...so attorneys prefer "easy wins" of course.
Another factor is juror pools. A person may have a great case, but if the juror pool in the area is likely to be conservative and pro-employer, it's yet another obstacle that an attorney will have to consider.
Please try to be persistent, and at least make a few appointments, go in, and see what they say.
BEFORE you go in, make sure that the attorney's office doesn't have a conflict of interest in that they haven't represented any of the potential defendants in the past.
Also, before you go, write out a chronological list starting with the date you were hired. List things such as good evaluations, your injury, etc. Don't make it a book - just a chronological list of major events in your work history with that employer. Not only will this help you prepare and refresh your recollection, but it will demonstrate to a potential attorney that you are a smart, organized person, and therefore a more desireable client.
Expect to have to pay for the costs of any lawsuit, for such things as the filing fee, depositions, etc. An attorney will want you to be an active partner. Some will let you wait until the end of the case. If you win, the "other side" will probably have to pay your costs, but if you lose, you'll have to - another thing to consider.
Again, it's really important that you check an attorney's references prior to hiring him or her.
Please don't hesitate to write back if I can be of any further help.