202004.16
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IL Workers’ Compensation Commission issues additional Emergency COVID-19 Amended Rules

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission conducted an emergency public hearing by telephone yesterday afternoon to discuss further amendments to the Rules Governing Practice, specifically Commission Rule 9030.70, which they had amended on an emergency basis 2 days prior.  The result of the revised emergency rule is that any covered Illinois employer, private, public for-profit or…

202003.20
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission issues Update

The IL IWCC just issued the following update: Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, the Commission will move forward with the below Emergency Motion Call for EMERGENCY motions, ONLY. An “Emergency Arbitrator” will be available at the locations and on the dates and times set in the below schedule (this will be updated on a weekly…

202003.16
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COVID-19 Update: Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

A message from the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation: In the interest of your health and safety, and that of employees at the Division of Workers’ Compensation, please note: Routine matters can be handled by email and tele-conference: See the local office docketing email chart on the DWC website and below to submit requests for…

202003.16
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Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Orders Video Hearings

A message from the Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commission: The Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner, in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus,  issued an Order on March 13, 2020 providing that all hearing scheduled through June 16, 2020 will no longer proceed as in-person hearings.  Instead all regular proceeding hearings shall be…

202003.16
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COVID-19 Update from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

From the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission: In light of the unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, in the interests of health and safety, at the Monday March 16, 2020, meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Michael J. Brennan will be calling for a vote to suspend all normal in-person arbitration and Commission review…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202002.28
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I&F Prevails where Amending Application Backfires on Petitioner

In a recent Illinois case handled by I&F, the arbitrator held that Petitioner lacked credibility and denied all benefits. Petitioner, a maintenance worker, had filed an original Application alleging a specific trauma shoulder injury from suddenly reaching and pulling in July 2014.  The event was not reported for a week, and the initial medical treatment (a hospitalization…

201812.18
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Inman & Fitzgibbons Prevails as Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Reverses Arbitration Decision on Review

In a case that once again reminds us of the importance of a thorough medical investigation, a favorable decision was received by Associate Attorney Lauren L. Waninski following Respondent’s appeal of an Arbitrator’s decision in petitioner’s favor. After an Arbitrator found a medical causal connection between the Petitioner’s bilateral thumb injuries and his work as…