Appellate Court Maintains Chain of Events Causation Principle in Aggravation of Pre-Existing Condition Case

By |2017-08-16T18:24:23-06:00August 16th, 2017|Court Decisions|

The Illinois Appellate Court maintained the long-standing chain of events causation principle in the case of a significant pre-existing condition in Schroeder v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Comm’n, 2017 IL App (4th) 160192WC Google Scholar | Illinois Courts PDF. "A chain of events which demonstrates a previous condition of good health, an accident, and a subsequent injury

Commission Awards Police Officer 10% Loss of Person as a Whole for SLAP Tear

By |2017-09-01T16:16:56-06:00August 11th, 2017|Commission Awards|

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded a police officer 10% loss of person as a whole for his SLAP tear and repair in Franklin v. City of East St. Louis, 06 WC 55274; 07 WC 20812; 16 IWCC 0857 IWCC PDF. The police officer was chasing a suspect when his arm was caught on a wire fence. He

Jesse Jackson Jr., Mental Health, and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform

By |2017-02-27T15:06:55-06:00February 27th, 2017|In the News|

Jesse Jackson Jr., the former congressman convicted and sentenced to prison for misusing campaign funds, is collecting about $100,000 a year in federal workers' compensation benefits for bipolar disorder and depression, the Chicago Tribune reports. The story has not so surprisingly generated collective outrage (at least in online comment sections) with suggestions of public corruption


By |2017-03-08T20:58:41-06:00January 28th, 2017|Basic Requirements|

There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to have a compensable Illinois workers' compensation claim. These are set forth in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Request for Hearing form, which is filed before an arbitration hearing. You can find a copy of the form on the Commission's website. IWCC PDF. To


By |2017-03-01T16:02:02-06:00January 22nd, 2017|Basic Requirements|

An injured worker must show that his or her current condition of ill-being is causally connected to a work-related accident or occupational  disease exposure to be eligible for Illinois workers' compensation benefits. Causation is a frequently disputed issue in workers' compensation claims, especially where the injured worker has a pre-existing condition or the injury is the

Self-Treatment Causing Infection Not an Independent Intervening Accident

By |2017-09-11T12:51:00-06:00November 17th, 2016|Court Decisions|

In Dunteman v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2016 IL App (4th) 150543WC Google Scholar | Illinois Courts PDF, the Illinois Appellate Court considered the doctrine of "independent intervening accidents." The claimant was a driver who developed a water blister on the bottom of his foot from driving. After lancing the blister himself, the claimant's foot became infected