201703.06
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New Appointments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Rauner has appointed Ms. Deborah Simpson and Ms. L. Elizabeth Coppoletti to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Commissioner Simpson will be assuming the vacancy on Panel C but handling the case load formerly assigned to Commissioner White.  Commissioner Coppoletti will be assuming the vacancy on Panel B but handling the case load formerly assigned to Commissioner Basurto.

201702.27
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Update on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform

At Inman & Fitzgibbons, our Legislative Watch Group continues to monitor pending legislation in Springfield and, when the opportunity arises, we provide input through the Illinois Chamber’s Workers’ Compensation Committee on language contained within proposed legislation and input on what issues should or need not be addressed in the current efforts to continue reform of…

201702.24
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WCRI Study Shows High Worker’s Compensation Medical Costs in Wisconsin

According to a recent study from the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) comparing the price of providing worker’s compensation treatment in 31 large American states,  Wisconsin stands apart as far as the cost of treating injured workers. The study revealed that Wisconsin’s treatment prices were the highest of all the 31 states. To be sure,…

201702.17
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Refused Drug Test Results In No Benefits

As we discussed back in October 2016, Section 11 of the Act provides, in part, that there is a “rebuttable presumption that an employee was intoxicated and that the intoxication was the proximate cause of the injury if at the time of the injury the employee refuses to submit to testing of blood, breath, or…

201702.10
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Illinois General Assembly Revisiting Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform . . . or Is It?

An update from Partner G. Steven Murdock and the I&F Legislative Watch Committee: As the battle of Rauner vs. Madigan continues in Springfield over pension reform and the state budget, one may think that workers’ compensation reform, one of the priorities on Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, has been lost in the mix.  Well, one would be…

201701.16
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Finds Psychologist Qualified under Section 12 of the Act to perform an Independent Medical Examination

Following petitioner’s objection to the scheduling of a comprehensive pain management IME, a hearing was held before the IWCC pursuant to I&F’s Motion to Compel and Enforce Rights Under Section 12.  This case was a long-settled matter in which petitioner retained his rights under Section 8(a) for future medical care.  At issue specifically was petitioner’s…

201701.11
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I&F Prevails where IWCC Arbitrator Finds Intervening Accident Breaks Chain of Causation

In an Illinois case recently tried by I&F Partner Colin Mills, the claimant was seeking over six months of medical benefits, as well as PPD benefits, resulting from a lifting injury that occurred while working as a nurse for the insured. However, the Arbitrator agreed with our position that the claimant’s treating medical records clearly…

Inman & Fitzgibbons launch new website!
201603.01
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Inman & Fitzgibbons launch new website!

Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd. have a new Website! Combining our long-serving website with our existing WordPress.com blog, we’ve combined both these resources into a single entity. The new website features all the previous content plus many new and expanded features, all in a sparkly new interface, available for PC, Tablet and Mobile viewing. We believe…

201603.01
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Appellate Court provides new interpretation of Average Weekly Wage calculation

The Illinois Appellate Court recently held in ABF Freight System v. IWCC, 2015 IL App (1st) 141306WC, that the Commission was required to calculate AWW based solely on the wages from the position in which the claimant was working at the time of his accident. In this case, the claimant sustained an injury to his…

201602.19
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I&F’s Sonia Das prevails in pair of Indiana cases

Attorney Sonia Das, based out of I&F’s Indiana office, recently secured two favorable decisions on behalf of Indiana employers. In the first, a memorandum decision (not for publication), the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Full denying a claim that the insurance carrier acted with a lack of diligence in the handling…

201602.16
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Sonia Das named Indiana Super Lawyer

I&F congratulates Sonia Das of our Indiana office for being named to the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers list.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each…

201602.08
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Inman & Fitzgibbons announces Jynnifer Bates as Partner

Inman & Fitzgibbons is pleased to announce that Jynnifer Bates has become a partner with the firm. She has served as associate attorney with our firm in the Chicago office since 2007 after graduating from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.  We congratulate her on this achievement and wish her continued success . Please…

201602.05
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IWCC unanimously affirms I&F win in claim filed by a tire technician

As previously reported, I&F defended a case in which the claimant alleged that removing and installing tires with an air gun, in conjunction with the use of a torque wrench to tighten nuts, resulted left carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy, and left ulnar neuropathy.  Prior to trial, partner Scott McCain thoroughly investigated the petitioner’s…

201602.01
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I&F to Present at Illinois Chamber’s HR Training Seminar

As an Illinois workers’ compensation defense attorney for the past 19 years, G. Steven Murdock of Inman & Fitzgibbons has not yet seen it all, but he and his firm have seen many claims handling mistakes, mistaken assumptions of law, and obligation oversights in the handling of claims by employers, carriers and third-party claims administrators. In this 90-minute…

201601.27
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Who Can Recover PPD after an injured worker Dies?

The Fourth District Appellate Court recently addressed the issue of who can obtain a PPD award when a case is litigated after the petitioner passes away. In Bell v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Comm’n, 2015 IL App (4th) 140028WC, Ms. Nash, the injured employee and original claimant, reached MMI for her work-related injury on August 27,…

201601.22
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I&F Establishes Petitioner’s Ongoing Condition of Ill-being Not Related to Accident

Attorney Michael Bantz recently prevailed in a trial over the disputed issue of whether the Petitioner’s ongoing medical conditions was causally related to her accident.  The Petitioner had injured her low back while attempting to open a broken dishwasher.  The claim was initially accepted and medical treatment had been approved, until an independent medical examiner opined…

201601.11
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I&F Successfully Defends Bank CEO’s Stress Claim

Managing partner Tom Fitzgibbons scored an impressive victory from the Commission and for all Illinois employers in overturning an award of permanent total disability awarded for an alleged mental-mental stress claim.  In that case, the claimant, an attorney and CEO of a bank, alleged that she suffered sudden, severe mental trauma in June 2009 after hearing…

201511.20
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Appellate Court Analyzes “Increased Risk” for Traveling Employee

The First District Appellate Court recently examined the compensability of an accident involving a traveling employee and evaluated whether the claimant was at a risk greater than that of the general public. In Nee v. Illinois Workers’ Comp. Comm’n, 2015 IL App (1st) 132609WC, the claimant, a plumbing inspector for the City of Chicago, had…

201511.19
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I&F Welcomes Sonia Das to our new Indianapolis Office

Inman & Fitzgibbons is pleased to announce that Sonia Das has joined the firm and will be based in our newly relocated Indianapolis office.  Sonia is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV attorney with fifteen years of experience defending worker’s compensation claims throughout the state of Indiana.  Sonia has experience litigating all disputes arising before the Indiana Worker’s…

201507.27
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I&F and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Present Webinar

Partner Steve Murdock and the Illinois Chamber will be presenting a webinar on August 18, 2015 on the issue of defending alleged wage differential and PTD claims in Illinois.  As our clients know all too well, the costs to employers for employees suffering career-ending injuries can be staggering. With this webinar, you will learn how the…

201505.01
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Confirmation of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman and Commissioner Appointments

On April 30th 2015, the Illinois General Assembly took action on IWCC Executive Appointments. The appointments of Chairman Joann Fratianni, and Commissioner Joshua Luskin and the re-appointments of Commissioners Charles DeVriendt, David Gore, and Kevin Lamborn were voted out of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee and immediately sent to the full Senate where they all…