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Surcharge Fee Refund Deadline is June 1, 2010

As we previously reported, The Illinois Chamber of Commerce filed suit on the basis that the 1.5% surcharge on workers’ compensation insurance premiums and a similar “payroll tax” on self-insured employersconstituted an unauthorized tax on Illinois employers and insurers. The suit sought to reduce the level of the fees assessed against employers and insurance carriers…

201004.21
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I&F Scores a Victory in Repetitive Trauma Claim

Illinois employers are well-aware of the difficulties and expense posed by repetitive trauma claims.  Inman and Fitzgibbons is  happy to report that we recently prevailed at trial on just such a claim.   In this case, the petitioner, a counselor at a correctional facility, was claiming a right-sided carpal tunnel claim which required a surgical release. …

201002.18
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TTD and Employment Status: One View of the Post- Interstate Scaffolding Landscape

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission recently affirmed an arbitrator’s denial of TTD benefits to a petitioner who was on light duty work restrictions during an economic layoff.  In Gonzalez v. ITT Industries, 2009 WL 5067488 (Ill. W.C. Comm. 2009), the petitioner injured his back after lifting a 200 pound box and his chiropractor placed him…

201001.16
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2010 Illinois WC Medical Fees Down 1.48%

News on 2010 medical rates from the IWCC website: Section 8.2(a) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides that, each year, fee schedule rates shall increase or decrease by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index-U in the previous year. Because the CPI-U decreased 1.48% between August 2008 and August 2009, ALL rates decreased…

201001.15
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Sixth Circuit Considers RICO Liability in WC Claims in Brown v. Cassens Transport Co.

We thought we would start off the New Year with a case that has important implications for those of us involved in worker’s compensation claims administration. The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review a decision from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals holding that an employer who allegedly colluded with its doctors and…

200910.02
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Welome to the Inman & Fitzgibbons Blog. We will be using this blog to provide timely updates on developments in the law, at the Commission, and within the firm.  It is also our hope that the blog can become a convenient way for our clients to get in touch with us and give us their…