202003.16
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COVID-19 Update from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

From the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission: In light of the unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, in the interests of health and safety, at the Monday March 16, 2020, meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Michael J. Brennan will be calling for a vote to suspend all normal in-person arbitration and Commission review…

202003.13
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Indiana Worker’s Compensation Scheduling Update

The following information has been posted to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board Website: Pretrial conferences are cancelled through April 3rd, 2020.  Joint pretrial order forms may be submitted electronically (where applicable) if the parties so desire, using the District email.  Hearings will continue so long as directives from the Governor do not change or the…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202003.06
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I&F Prevails in IL: Rolling Chair Found Not to be an Increased Risk

Inman & Fitzgibbons secured a “no liability” Arbitration Decision following a recent trial involving an employee who fell to the floor when a chair she went to sit on rolled out from under her. The employee was sitting onto the chair at a work station as she was picking up a telephone to take a…

202002.28
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I&F Prevails where Amending Application Backfires on Petitioner

In a recent Illinois case handled by I&F, the arbitrator held that Petitioner lacked credibility and denied all benefits. Petitioner, a maintenance worker, had filed an original Application alleging a specific trauma shoulder injury from suddenly reaching and pulling in July 2014.  The event was not reported for a week, and the initial medical treatment (a hospitalization…

202002.12
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I&F to Host March Seminar with the IL Chamber of Commerce on the Strategic Use of AMA Impairment Ratings

Attorney Allison Mecher will answer your questions about how and when to use Impairment Ratings in Illinois WC cases in a March 5, 2020 online seminar with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Register here.

202002.10
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IL WC Update: I&F Prevails by proving Petitioner filed his Claim after statute of limitations expired

In this case, Petitioner was injured in an accepted, but unfiled, accident in 2016 when he slipped on ice and fell while walking on the roof of Respondent’s building. Petitioner underwent appropriate medical treatment and was released to return to full duty work. The last medical or indemnity benefit paid on this case was February…

202002.04
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I&F to Host Seminar in IL on Recreational Marijuana’s Impact on the Workplace and Employers

On Tuesday Feb 18, 2020, Partner Colin Mills and attorney Michael Bantz from I&F’s Champaign office will be working with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to host a seminar addressing the impact of the new changes regarding cannabis legalization and effects on employers and the workplace. The seminar, entitled Recreational Marijuana’s Impact on Workplace and Employers, will run…

202002.03
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IL WC UPDATE: New Accident While Seeking Treatment from Prior Accident Found Not Compensable

In 2019, the Third District Appellate Court issued a Rule 23 Decision in Gaytan v. The Illinois Workers’ Comp. Comm’n, 2019 IL App (3d) 180141WC-U, in which they found a petitioner’s second accident, suffered en route to treatment for the original accident, not to be compensable. The petitioner originally suffered an accepted accident that caused left…