Kawa v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Case Number: 
2013 IL App (1st) 120469WC
Decision Date: 
June 3, 2013
1st Dist.
Cook Co.,WC Div.
Affirmed in part and reversed in part; remanded.
Claimant was employed as launch engineer for auto maker assembly plant and was in job-related vehicle accident. Commission's finding that claimant reached MMI was not supported by evidence; employer's medical expert concluded four months later that claimant was not at MMI and could not do overhead lifting with right shoulder. Claimant's refusal to participate in unnamed, unapproved multidisciplinary pain managment program cannot be basis for denying him further TTD benefits or medical benefits.(HOLDRIDGE, HOFFMAN, and HUDSON, concurring; TURNER, specially concurring in part and dissenting in part.)