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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 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,…

New Attorney In Our Office

We are pleased to welcome Douglas B. Keane who is joining our Civil Department. Douglas has extensive experience in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, and civil litigation. Doug has successfully defended insurance companies and insureds before juries in Illinois and Missouri. He has extensive experience defending clients in trials, arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and…

Carbondale Office Relocated

Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd.’s Carbondale office has relocated. Please note our new location: New address: Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd. 231 West Main Street, Suite 2E Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone, fax and email remain the same: Main: (618) 351-8100 Fax: (618) 351-8109

Name Change Announcement

Effective September 17, 2014, our firm name is changed from Rusin, Maciorowski & Friedman, Ltd. to RUSIN & MACIOROWSKI, LTD. Our firm address, telephone numbers, website address and email addresses will remain the same. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be updating our firm letterhead and website to reflect our new name.

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…