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Primary Elections and Restructuring at the IWCC

2014 – We are now in an election year for governor of the State of Illinois. The mudslinging has begun as the primary election nears. The governor is a key factor in workers’ compensation issues since he now appoints all arbitrators and commissioners. Democratic Governor Quinn has championed workers’ compensation reform, but the legislation he…

Great Decisions Around The Office

Michael Rusin scored a zero award for Illinois Public Risk Fund and CCMSI in the case of Timothy Capua v. Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, 10 WC 10042. Petitioner claimed that he suffered an injury on November 15, 2009 resulting in a hernia. Petitioner claimed that he was working at a fire scene pulling hoses and carrying…

Court Denies Claim Made by Guarantee Fund Against Borrowing Employer’s Insurer

Court Denies Claim Made by Illinois Insurance Guarantee Fund Against Borrowing Employer’s Insurer – Court Dismisses Action Filed by The Guarantee Fund. Illinois Insurance Guarantee Fund v. Zurich American Insurance Company and Interlake Material Handling, 2013 Ill. App. (1st) 123345 (Filed November 12, 2013). Petitioner, John Earley was hired by TGI Group December 2, 2000….

Court Reverses Denial of Benefits to a Traveling Employee

Court Reverses Commission’s Denial of Benefits to a Traveling Employee – Bank Manager Injured in Public Parking Lot is Entitled to Benefits. Laverne Kertis v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and Washington Mutual Inc., 2013 Ill. App. (2d) 120252WC (Filed June 18, 2013). Petitioner was employed by respondent as a branch manager for two different branches…

Court Upholds Ruling Denying Causation

Court Upholds Commission Ruling Denying Causation With Respect to Low Back Surgery – Court Reverses the Commission as to Average Weekly Wage where Commission Included Self Employment Earnings. Cindy Mansfield v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and Naperville Park District, 2013 Ill. App. (2nd) 120909WC (Filed November 21, 2013). Petitioner was employed by Naperville Park District…