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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Updated Personnel and Procedures – The Arbitrator Shuffle 2016

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission – Structure and Personnel The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is a State agency that is given the authority to resolve disputes between employees and employers involving workers’ compensation claims. The Commission is a State agency created pursuant to the authority of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act §13. The Illinois Workers’…

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

Updated October 2016   Introduction and History The determination of a permanent partial disability rating has never been an easy matter in the State of Illinois.  The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has always jealously protected its right to evaluate and determine the extent of permanent partial disability in every case.  Until recently, there were no…

Updated Table of Rates

As you may know, the maximum and minimum rates for Worker’s Compensation change bi-annually in January and July. For your convenience, we have created a table that details the Temporary Total Disability (TTD) and Death Benefits rates, as well as Permanent Partial Disability. Download the State of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Table of Rates – July…

New Attorneys in Our Office

We are pleased to welcome Patrick J. Jesse and Kellie L. Mazzarella to our Workers’ Compensation Department to better serve our clients. Patrick J. Jesse is an experienced workers’ compensation defense attorney. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2010. Patrick has past experience representing local Illinois…

New Partner in Our Office

We are pleased to announce Jigar S. Desai is a partner with the firm as of January 2015. Jigar has been an extremely effective and tireless advocate on behalf of employers. He is well respected by clients, arbitrators, and opposing attorneys. We congratulate Jigar on this promotion and he looks forward to many more years…

New Attorney in Our Office

We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth S. Watson who is joining our Civil Department. Elizabeth S. Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Journalism-Public Relations from Northern Illinois University in 2006. Elizabeth obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2009. While in law school,…

Stephen J. Friedman Appointed as Arbitrator to the IWCC

Rusin, Maciorowski & Friedman, Ltd. congratulates Stephen J. Friedman, our partner and colleague, on his appointment as Arbitrator to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission effective September 17, 2014. Steve was one of our original founding partners in 1984. Previously, he was an associate and partner at Rooks, Pitts and Poust from 1975 through 1984. We…

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…

New Attorney In Our Office

We are pleased to welcome Jaclyn Jednachowski who is joining our Workers’ Compensation Department. Jaclyn earned a Bachelor in Political Science with minors in History and Business from Indiana University in 2006. Jaclyn went on to earn her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2010. Jaclyn was admitted into the Illinois Bar in…