W.B. Olson, Inc. v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2012 IL App (1st) 113129WC
Decision Date: 
November 5, 2012
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co.,WC Div.
Justice: 
HOFFMAN
Holding: 
Affirmed and remanded.
Workers Compensation Commission properly awarded benefits to construction laborer for knee injuries sustained while hauling debris in wheelbarrow to dumpster. Court properly found that vocational-rehabilitation plan was appropriate, and that claimant was diligently pursuing self-directed plan to obtain truck-driving position, and thus maintenance benefits award was proper. A claimant cannot be required to submit to an evaluation by a physical therapist, who is not a "medical practitioner" within Section 12 of Workers Compensation Act. (HUDSON, HOLDRIDGE, TURNER, and STEWART, concurring.)