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Permanent Partial Disability Evaluations Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act – Application of AMA Guidelines

**Click on a section in the table of contents to jump to that section.** Download a PDF version of this newsletter here.   INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY   STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR PERMANENT DISABILITY AWARDS   RATES   2011 AMENDMENTS AND THE INTRODUCTION OF AMA GUIDELINES   ANALYSIS OF STATUTORY CHANGE   IMPACT OF IMPAIRMENT RATINGS ON…

Protecting Your Lien Recovery Rights

By Mark P. Rusin and Brett I. Levin   One of the most essential areas of successfully handling workers’ compensation claims is intelligent and aggressive recovery of the statutory liens afforded to employers and insurers for workers’ compensation benefits paid to employees who file civil lawsuits arising out of their on-the-job injuries. While minimizing exposure…

Amputations Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act mandates prompt PPD payment for injuries resulting in amputations. An employer’s failure to promptly recognize an amputation injury and make payment for the statutory loss can result in significant penalties being awarded for a delay in providing these benefits. Therefore, it is very important for any employer to recognize these…

The Newer Benefits: Maintenance and TPD

By Michael E. Rusin   The Old Days The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act has been around a long time. The initial law created in 1911 didn’t see many changes except to slightly increase fixed benefit levels. That all changed in 1975 when benefits became unlimited. The right to temporary total disability became unlimited. There was no…

Medical Fee Schedule Rate Changes

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has published changes to the medical fee schedule. The medical fee schedule rates will increase by 1.52% on January 1, 2014. Attached please find a schedule listing the annual adjustments to the fee schedule since it was put into effect February 1, 2006. This table is published by the Commission….

Three New Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators Appointed

The changes in the Workers’ Compensation Act in 2011 drastically changed the arbitrators’ position. Arbitrators no longer are given lifetime appointments. Instead, their appointments are only for three years. Further, any appointments had to be confirmed by the Senate. Moreover, the new Act required the Commission to assign no fewer than three arbitrators to each…