201705.30
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Continuing Education Opportunity: I&F to Conduct Mock WC Trial with Illinois Chamber of Commerce – June 13, 2017

Please join us as we conduct a mock trial for an Illinois worker’s compensation case. We will demonstrate how to present a defense with strategic consideration of the burden of proof and evidentiary rules, and use of lay and expert witnesses. We will conduct direct and cross examination as well close proofs at the end…

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…

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,…

201211.21
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I&F argues Skokie Castings v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund before IL Supreme Court

Yesterday Jack Shanahan argued before the Illinois Supreme Court in a case in which the Appellate Court ruled that the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund is obligated to make payments on behalf of a self-insured employer whose excess insurer became insolvent.

201201.12
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I&F Prevails where Petitioner Fails to Paint Picture of Work Related Repetitive Trauma

Tina Freund was recently successful in obtaining a zero award with the denial of all benefits for alleged repetitive trauma claims to aclaimant’s knees, resulting in bilateral knee replacements. The respondent’s exposure under the 19(b) hearing included over $110,000.00 in medical bills and almost a year of TTD benefits ($38,000.00) plus potential exposure for a significant…

201112.27
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Thorough Witness Prep Produces Recent I&F Win

At times Respondents are presented with scenarios where the medical evidence and histories appear very consistent and contemporaneous with the accident and the defense largely consists of a supervisor or co-worker testifying that the Petitioner said he injured himself outside of work. The importance of developing and nurturing that witness testimony into even more evidence…

201112.21
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I&F Case Study: The IME and Issues of Necessary Medical Treatment

Although reasonable people might disagree as to the benefits of chiropractic care in the WC arena, there is no arguing the fact that a long term course of care with a chiropractor for a back injury can lead to a difficult claim.  It’s also no secret that the Commission can express a preference for the…

201112.13
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I&F wins where petitioner fails to carry burden of proof

The Commission recently reversed an unfavorable decision by the Arbitrator as to our client’s liability for renewed treatment and lost time five months after the prior treating physician deemed the claimant at MMI. Our client had paid benefits on a repetitive trauma claim for a couple of years through surgery and follow up care necessitated…