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…

201908.29
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I&F Prevails in Illinois WC Dispute over Light Duty Job Offer

Congratulations to Partner Jack Shanahan for an outstanding Illinois WC Arbitration result. In this case, the petitioner was injured in a confirmed accident in 2014 when a hand-jack rolled over her foot, causing immediate complaints of pain and need for treatment. Disputes arose shortly thereafter as to an offer of light duty work within petitioner’s restrictions, and…

201906.05
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IL Amends Exclusive Remedy Provisions of WC and OD Acts

On May 17, 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1596 into law as Public Act 101-0006. The new law amends the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Diseases Act by removing the exclusive remedy provisions of those Acts as to employees whose latent work injuries manifest more than 25 years after the last date of…

201902.27
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Illinois: Injuries Sustained During Voluntary Recreational Programs

According to Section 11 of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, accidental injuries incurred while participating in voluntary recreational programs – including but not limited to athletic events, parties, and picnics – do not arise out of and in the course of the employment even though the employer pays some or all of the cost thereof. This exclusion…

201902.27
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Illinois: Injuries Sustained During Voluntary Recreational Programs

According to Section 11 of the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, accidental injuries incurred while participating in voluntary recreational programs – including but not limited to athletic events, parties, and picnics – do not arise out of and in the course of the employment even though the employer pays some or all of the cost thereof….

201901.20
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I&F Prevails where Illinois Arbitrator finds No Compensable Accident

I&F Attorney Michael Bantz obtained a successful result in recent litigation, where the Petitioner’s fall was found not to arise out of her employment. The Petitioner testified at trial that she had fallen on the stairs that led into the correctional facility where she worked.  She further testified that she had been carrying bags in…

201901.10
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I&F Prevails as Arbitrator finds No Compensable Accident

I&F Attorney Michael Bantz obtained a successful result in recent litigation, where the Petitioner’s fall was found not to arise out of her employment.  The Petitioner testified at trial that she had fallen on the stairs that led into the correctional facility where she worked.  She further testified that she had been carrying bags in…

201812.13
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Facts Matter: Another Illinois WC Stair Case

Accidents that involve stairs are a common occurrence for employers and we will continue to highlight interesting cases that can be used as a framework for disputing these types of accidents, where appropriate. For example, Williams v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2016 Ill. App. 4th 150126 (Ill. App. Ct. 2016), provides an excellent summary of…