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Keefe: Illinois Gets a Little Better for Business 10/19/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 335 | 0
One of the more statistically significant methods to track workers's comp costs across the U.S. is the every-other-year ranking from the State of Oregon. ...Read More

Keefe: Employer Must Pay 25% Legal Fee Despite Worker's $64M Recovery 09/27/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 294 | 0
In Bayer v. Panduit, the Illinois Supreme Court considered a claim where the worker was severely injured. In his third-party action against the construction companies who caused the accident, he recovered an Illinois-record $64 million verdict for such injuries. At the time of the jury ...Read More

Keefe: Uh-Oh, Uninsured Motorists 09/19/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 638 | 0
The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled an injured van driver could not maintain a civil action against his employer due to the employer's failure to maintain underinsured motorist coverage with a high enough limit to afford him additional compensation for an on-the-job car accident....Read More
Kahl: Compromise and Releases: The Pitfalls of Paragraph 3 09/07/2016
State: CA | Segment: Top | 943 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
You probably look at a compromise and release (“C&R”) form on a daily basis, whether you are drafting a new agreement or reviewing an old one, but have you actually read all the fine print? If you have, have you thought through all the ways you might need to protect...Read More

Keefe: Employee's Retaliatory Discharge Action Dismissed 08/31/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 408 | 0
A former City of Chicago employee’s Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act retaliatory-discharge claim failed as a matter of law because there was no evidence the official who made the decision to terminate the plaintiff (and many others) had any knowledge that the plaintif...Read More

Keefe: Is e-Filing the End of Humans Attending Illinois WC Status Calls? 08/16/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 312 | 0
One of our lawyers wondered if all status calls will be conducted partially or completely online. Please note the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, like those of many other states, has a monthly status call where each month all cases assigned to an arbitrator are reviewed w...Read More

Keefe: Can This Be the Biggest Mistake in the History of Illinois Work Comp? 08/09/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 510 | 0
With all the respect we can offer to the members of the Appellate Court, Workers' Compensation Division, we have to say we consider their new and unprecedented legal theory to be a major WC mistake. What they are now doing is to develop is the philosophy that post-traumatic stress d...Read More

Keefe: Trying to Get One's Mind Around the Troubling Issue of Causation 07/20/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 243 | 0
We had several readers recently bring this issue up and we wanted to give everyone our best thoughts. As you read this, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Republican reform forces are struggling to change our WC Act to reform the concept of “causation” in this state. ...Read More

Keefe: Third-Party Claim for Noggin Bump Blocked by Appellate Court 06/22/2016
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 256 | 0
In Marquez v. Martorina Family and IPSA Corp. (decided June 17, 2016), claimant was assisting in roof repairs on a commercial building. He got knocked in the noggin by a falling board ...Read More

Kamin: Lawmakers Consider Pile of WC Bills 05/31/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 283 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California lawmakers are mulling over numerous workers’ compensation bills during the current legislative session that could have significant financial consequences for carriers and administrators. ...Read More
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