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…

201503.20
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Arbitrator Rejects Petitioner’s Claim of Permanent & Total Disability

We are pleased to announce the receipt of a favorable arbitration decision finding that the petitioner failed to prove he was permanently and totally disabled.  The petitioner, a pipefitter, injured his right knee and underwent surgery but continued to have problems.  He had a second surgery without much improvement.  He was eventually released to return…

201503.18
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Tire Technician’s Claim Falls Flat

Veteran attorney Scott McCain recently prevailed  in defense of a repetitive trauma claim filed by a tire technician.  In this case, 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…

201503.05
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I&F and the Illinois Chamber of Commenrce add Effingham date for Traveling Employee Seminar

We recently announced our upcoming March 25 seminar at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce covering issues related to traveling employees.  For our downstate readers who cannot make it to this event in West Chicago, we are happy to announce that we will also be presenting this seminar with the Chamber on April 28, 2014 in Effingham. Like…

201502.25
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Governor Rauner Announces IWCC Appointments

On Friday, Governor Rauner announced that Arbitrator Joann Fratianni-Atsaves has been named Chair of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He also announced several Commissioner appointments: Management Commissioner Kevin Lamborn, Labor Commissioner David Gore have been reappointed. Replacing public member Dan Donohoo will be arbitrator Joshua Luskin. Labor Commissioner Charles DeVriendt remains serving although his term…

201502.24
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I&F to Present Traveling Employee Seminar at IL Chamber of Commerce

When is a slip and fall compensable? When is an employee a “traveling employee,” and what does the law allow as a compensable accident for those employees? This two-part seminar hosted by partner Kevin Deuschle and veteran attorney Scott McCain will present attendees with the general rules applicable to defining a compensable slip and fall claim as well as…

201502.16
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I&F Prevails in Appellate Court

Partner Kevin Deuschle recently argued and prevailed before the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District.  You can find the Court’s decision here and audio of the argument before the Court can be found here. In this case, the petitioner was employed with the Respondent in the capacity of a Sales Account Executive.  She was making a sales…

201502.13
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I&F Alerts Employers to New Issues Raised by Medical Marijuana Act

On February 10, 2015, Partner Steve Murdock and Attorney Michael Bantz hosted a seminar with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce regarding the new Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  The seminar raised awareness of how the Act may affect employers, both generally and specifically in terms of Workers’ Compensation claims.  The seminar…

201502.10
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Inman & Fitzgibbons announces Mark Carter as Partner

Inman & Fitzgibbons is pleased to announce that Mark Carter has become a partner with the firm. He has served as associate attorney with our firm in the Chicago office since 2005 and has contributed to the success of our firm since that time by always making client service his first priority. We congratulate him on…

201502.06
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Gov. Bruce Rauner gives his first State of the State

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his first State of the State address Wednesday, setting the tone for the legislative session.  With a focus on fiscal responsibility, Gov. Rauner used his speech to talk about empowerment (right-to-work) zones, tax reform, pro-business initiatives like workers’ compensation reform and civil justice reform, a minimum wage hike, and tax code improvements….

201501.26
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Rauner speaks on workers’ compensation reform

As reported by Doug Finke of the Springfield State Journal-Register, in a speech at the University of Chicago last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner provided what he said was a preview of his upcoming State of the State speech. Rauner ticked off a list of issues the state must address, including workers’ compensation reform. “This is about competitiveness,” Rauner…

201501.21
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Firm family grows!

Inman & Fitzgibbons is happy to share the arrival of baby boy Graham, born on November 28, 2014 to attorney Mark Carter and wife, Lauren. Graham joins big brother Henry at home. Baby and family are happy and healthy!

201501.14
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Stealing From Employer Still Not a Bar to TTD in Illinois

As we previously covered in greater detail here, Mr. Matuszczak, the petitioner, was fired for the repeated theft of cigarettes.  He testified that he knew that stealing was a crime and could lead to him being fired.  The petitioner had previously been prescribed light-duty restrictions that were being accommodated by his employer and he also…