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Keefe: IME Background Letters in U.S. Work Comp Claims 04/03/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 294 | 0
I have been in workers' compensation defense litigation almost four decades. One unusual trend that has developed in the last five years or so is the concept of IME providers that set up independent medical exams and take away such concerns from adjusters, nurse case managers and WC...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Can Employer/Claims Handler Put Claimant Back to Light Work at Charity? 03/22/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 522 | 0
I am asked this question all the time. We had a reader send us a brilliant article by an excellent Illinois defense attorney, Jessica Bell, that was publ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Birth Defect Claims Not Blocked by WC Exclusive Remedy 03/14/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 436 | 0
We consider this article required reading for the insurance/claims industry. ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Court Clarifies Post-Decision Interest 03/01/2018
Source: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 399 | 0
I admit to being mildly surprised by this important ruling and I think our Illinois workers' compensation textbook might need updating. ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: 7th Circuit Botches Traveling Employee Concept 02/13/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 650 | 0
A plaintiff worked for Etihad Airways, a publicly owned airline owned and operated by the government of the United Arab Emirates. ...Read More
 
 

Kamin: The Jack of All Trades 01/30/2018
By: John P. Kamin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 714 | 0
What do a landscaper, licensed vocational nurse and a grocery store clerk all have in common? All three are at elevated risks for slips and falls, no matter how diligent or careful they are. There are many unique parallels.  ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Court Spells Out Employer's Liability Limits 01/24/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 572 | 0
The Illinois Appellate Court, Workers' Compensation Division, ruled an Illinois employer's liability for an injured worker’s medical benefits was limited to the amount actually paid to the treatment providers, even if they were paid at a discounted rate negotiated by ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: WC Commission Holds the Line on Medical Fees 12/27/2017
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1488 | 0
Last week, I was mildly surprised to see Crain’s Chicago Business report a planned change to the state Medical Fee Schedule. The idea was to vote on a ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Understanding Workers' Comp Exclusivity 12/19/2017
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1198 | 0
All sides in a workers’ comp claim have to have a sense of the rights and responsibilities of the parties to an injured or ill workers’ claim. One confusing aspect of the workers’ comp system is that the employee can sometimes “choose” to make it a workers’ com...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Rauner's WC Turnaround Is Happening, and Few Know It 12/13/2017
Source: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 664 | 0
Gov. Bruce Rauner came into Springfield as a veteran and successful business person but a newbie governor. Our newly sworn-in governor had a group of action items he wanted to implement to improve Illinois’ government and overall situation, particularly in the interest of jobs and busi...Read More
 
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