Risk Analysis

Fall From Chair Claim Denied

By |2017-10-15T16:29:40-06:00March 3rd, 2017|Court Decisions|

In a decision that "defies common sense" according to the dissenting justice, an office worker who fell from his chair while reaching for his dropped pen was denied workers' compensation benefits in Noonan v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2016 IL App (1st) 152300WC Google Scholar | Illinois Courts PDF. The claimant was originally a truck driver for the City


By |2017-02-24T19:23:35-06:00January 23rd, 2017|Basic Requirements|

To qualify for Illinois workers' compensation benefits, an employee must have sustained an accidental injury or been exposed to an occupational disease "arising out of" and "in the course of" their employment. This basic requirement, which is the subject of many disputed claims, is found in both the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and the Occupational Diseases

Wiping Tables at Restaurant Found to Be Employment-Related Risk

By |2017-02-24T19:22:51-06:00December 14th, 2016|Court Decisions|

In Steak 'N Shake v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2016 IL App (3d) 150500WC Google Scholar | Illinois Courts PDF, the Appellate Court considered whether the Commission applied the proper risk analysis in finding that the claimant's accident arose out of the course of her employment. The claimant, a "waitress/trainer/manager" at the restaurant, testified that she experienced an excruciating

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