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,…


IWCC Announces New Arbitrator Assignments

Effective November 1, Arbitrator Stephen Friedman will take over the Chicago call formerly handled by Arbitrator Kelmanson, and Arbitrator Michael Nowak will take over the Collinsville/Belleville call formerly handled by Arbitrator Zanotti. The IWCC is creating new Chicago calls for Arbitrators Bocanegra and Fruth that will take effect January 1, 2015. Because cases are continued for…


Governor Quinn Appoints Four New Arbitrators

Governor Pat Quinn appointed four new arbitrators to the Commission: Maria Bocanegra is an attorney at Katz Friedman, specializing in workers’ compensation. She previously worked as a judicial assistant to the Honorable David Furman and as a case administrator for the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Colorado. Ms. Bocanegra was also appointed…


Claimant’s Involvement with Family Business not Considered “Return to Work”

This recent case illustrates one facet of the limits of the Respondent’s ability to mitigate TTD exposure prior to a claimant reaching MMI.  In Sunny Hill of Will County. v. Illinois Workers’ Comp. Comm’n, 2014 IL App (3d) 130028WC, the claimant’s ownership of and contributions to a business that was run with her two daughters did not…


IWCC announces 2014 open house dates

The Commission has announced March 19 and June 19 as the Chicago open house dates for the first half of 2014. The program will begin at 9:15 am.  After an overview of the court process, visitors will observe arbitration hearings and review-level oral arguments. After oral arguments end, there will be a question-and-answer period with…


Governor Quinn appoints new Commissioner and Arbitrator

Governor Quinn has appointed Arbitrator Stephen Mathis as a Commissioner representing the public. Commissioner Mathis has served as an Arbitrator since 1996. Governor Quinn also appointed Jessica Hegarty as an Arbitrator. Arb. Hegarty holds degrees from Loyola University and Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a partner in the firm, Hegarty and Hegarty. According to…


Appellate Court Analyzes Psychological Injuries

Attorneys and claims examiners analyzing the compensability of psychological injuries often find that the standards set forth in Illinois case law and the Worker’s Compensation Act are imprecise.  A recent case before the Illinois First District Appellate Court clarified and reiterated the criterion for determining whether a petitioner’s psychological injuries are compensable In Chicago Transit…


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…


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…