This week marked the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission opening up for live hearings at the Daley Center. I was able to squeeze in a trial on Thursday, June 17th. For those who are wondering how to get to the new Commission location, here is my attempt at directions:

  • Enter the Daley Center from the Washington

Lawyers like to believe that they are the most important player in your workers’ compensation claim. That is not the case. Your doctor is the star of this show, which is why it’s  imporant to seek out an experienced, reputable physician when you are injured at work. Not all doctors understand workers’ compensation claims. There

Coal Miner, Coal Miner, shining your light. Working in a mine shaft dark as the night. What you gonna do before you go back in? Gonna ask the Lord to let me come out again. (from the song “West Virginia Coal Miner” by Roger White.)

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I hear lots of injured workers complain that their temporary total disability (TTD) benefit is not adjusted for inflation and cost of living increases, but instead remains stagnant until they reach maximum, medical improvement. TTD is based on an injured workers’ average weekly wage, which in turn is based on their earnings in the 52

Dealing with a workers’ compensation claim is easy until it’s not. One day your medical treatment is authorized and your checks arrive on time. The next day your claim is denied, your doctor won’t see you without “authorization” and the workers’ compensation carrier has cut off your weekly checks. You find yourself in the position

The days of walking over to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission with a folder full of applications and requests for hearing are over! Electronic filing is in full swing and the transition has been smooth and relatively painless from a Petitioner’s perspective. The COMPFILE web portal now gives us the ability to file Applications, claim

It took a while, but the “first edish” of The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Field Manual is now available on Kindle and in paperback. If you’re new to Illinois Workers’ Comp, or if you are an injured worker and have difficulty understanding what is going on with your case, this book will help. It addresses

Governor JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard for State Active Duty in response to the warnings issued this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding threats to state capital cities in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. At the request of the U.S.

Can you have your wage differential and your perm total, too? In the case of Chlada v. Ill. Workers’ Comp. Comm’n, 58 N.E.3d 848, 405 Ill.Dec. 587 (Ill. App. 2016) , the answer from the Appellate Court was a resounding YES. In this case, the petitioner was employed as a beer truck driver / salesman.

If there is a third party case associated with your workers’ compensation claim, you need to be careful about what body parts you list in that contract at the time of settlement! The third district of the Illinois Appellate Court recently decided the case of Clifton Armstead v. National Freight, 2020 IL App (3d) 170777