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…

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…

201411.04
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IWCC Denies Correctional Officer’s Repetitive Trauma Claim

The Commission recently affirmed an Arbitration decision in Dryden v. Centralia Correctional Center, in determining that the Petitioner failed to prove that his work duties as a correctional officer caused his bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. In a 2-1 decision, the Commission affirmed the Arbitrator’s findings that the Petitioner’s job duties were not varied or sufficiently…

201409.22
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Commission Unanimously Affirms PTSD Not Related to MVA Involving Death of Pedestrian

As we previously reported, I&F successfully defended a claim for PTSD allegedly caused by accident in which petitioner, a medical supply driver, struck and killed a pedestrian while making a delivery.  Following the accident, the petitioner received six months of treatment for anxiety. He then stopped treating for  1 ½ years. When he resumed treatment, he was…

201404.18
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I&F Establishes PTSD Not Related to MVA Involving Death of Pedestrian

I&F successfully defends claim for PTSD allegedly caused by accident in which petitioner, a medical supply driver, struck and killed a pedestrian while making a delivery. Following the accident, the petitioner received six months of treatment for anxiety. He then stopped treating for  1 ½ years. When he resumed treatment, he was diagnosed with PTSD…

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…