Case Studies

Commission Sees the Light

On July 29, 2016, the Commission reversed an arbitration decision in a case tried by Sarah Antrim of our Peoria office.  In a case involving an injury to the Petitioner's right knee while turning off a light, the Commission agreed with Ms. Antrim's position that the incident in question did not arise out of the Petitioner's employment, as the act of flipping a light switch did not put

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Video Surveillance “Seals” Petitioner’s Fate

On June 16, 2016, Arbitrator Stephen Friedman issued a favorable decision in a case tried by Amy Turnbaugh of our Chicago office.  The Petitioner was seeking permanent and total disability benefits, but due to the skilled defense of Ms. Turnbaugh, the arbitrator rejected this claim and instead issued an award based on permanent partial disability.

Facts

On April 18, 2009, the Petitioner, Amy Hermosillo, was employed by

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Owner/Operator Deemed to be Independent Contractor by Appellate Court

In a case defended by Courtney Quilter of our Chicago office, the Appellate Court agreed with her position that the petitioner in this matter in fact drove his truck as an independent owner/operator and not as an employee of the insured transportation company.  As a result, the Appellate Court upheld the decision of the Commission to the effect that the Petitioner was an independent contractor at the

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No Collection for Toll Employee

Facts

The petitioner, a toll booth worker and former weightlifter, began to experience left shoulder pain a few years prior to 2010.  An x-ray of the left shoulder taken in November of 2011 demonstrated mild arthritic changes about the glenohumeral joint with mild AC arthritis.  A left shoulder MRI scan the same month revealed severe post-traumatic or osteoarthritic degenerative changes with marked chondromalacia, a small partial-thickness

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Commission Denies Claim Due to “Incredible” Testimony

Facts

Petitioner alleged an injury to his right hip as a result of repeatedly striking his right hip on a stack of pallets while wrapping pallets of merchandise in plastic. The Petitioner initially filed an Application for Adjustment of Claim alleging an accident date of "February, 2007." He subsequently filed a second Application for Adjustment of Claim alleging an accident date of "January, 2007." Two days

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