201003.04
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Appellate Court rules teacher’s AWW is calculated from 39-week school year in Washington District 50 Schools v. IWCC

In Washington District 50 Schools v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, (No. 3-08-0923WC Oct. 16, 2009), the Court affirmed a Workers’ Compensation Commission finding that ruled a school teacher that was paid an annual salary of $40,416.48 will have an average weekly wage of $1,036.32, based on the number of weeks (39) that she actually worked…

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…

201002.11
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Circuit Court sets aside Permanent Total award and remands case back to Commission

In remanding the permanent and total disability award rendered by the Arbitrator and affirmed by the Commission the Circuit Court ruled that there was “a substantial sparsity of objective evidence . . . most, if not all of the physicians’ findings are based on petitioner’s subjective statements.” In this case, the petitioner, a 41-year old…

201001.26
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Supreme Court Orders Employers to Pay TTD to Terminated Employees in Interstate Scaffolding v. IWCC

Illinois employers now have to think twice about terminating an employee for any reason while the employee is working in a light duty fashion, unless it wants to continue to pay the employee temporary total disability benefits. On January 22, 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision as to whether an employer’s obligation to…

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…

200912.24
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Happy Holidays

Inman and Fitzgibbons wishes you and your families a happy and healthy Holiday Season and New Year.

200912.22
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Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit Issues Annual Report

In 2008, the Illinois Department of Insurance investigated 41 reports of possible workers’ compensation fraud, and referred 35 cases for prosecution.  Working on referrals from prior years, the Illinois Attorney General and county State’s Attorneys obtained seven convictions.  Click here to read the report. Thanks to the IWCC for making this information available.

200912.04
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Our Email Addresses Have Changed

Please note the change to our email addresses.  Effective immediately, all firm email address will end in  “@inmanfitzgibbons.com”.   Email to the old addresses will still be delivered for the time being, but please be sure to update your address books.

200910.02
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Hello!

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…