Articles From Richard D. Hannigan

Are flight attendants always traveling employees? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2016 The appellate court answered this question earlier this year in United Airlines Inc. v. IWCC.
Editor’s note: Malpractice alert By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2016 The parties to a motion to reinstate would be best served if they make a record and offer a good reason as to why the claim should be reinstated.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2016 A message from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Will we ever be able to go on vacation again? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2016 When you go on vacation are you taking a complete rest from work?
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2015 News and updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Can the Circuit Court hold commissioners in contempt of court for failing to write a decision in the manner demanded by the Court? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2015 The answer to the title of this article is that the trier of fact and law has the right and power to be wrong.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2015 News and updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Does the IWCC have jurisdiction to assess penalties for failure to make payment of benefits once a settlement contract is final? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2015 A look at Loyola University of Chicago v. The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2015 Editor Rich Hannigan offers the latest in IWCC news.
A race to the bottom and your practice may hang in the balance: Springfield 2015 By Richard D. Hannigan & Patrick D. Czuprynski Workers' Compensation Law, June 2015 A discussion of the legislation currently moving through the Illinois General Assembly that would impact workers' compensation law.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2015 News and updates of interest to workers' compensation law practitioners.
Interview with Arbitrator Joann Fratianni By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2015 This interview, originally conducted in August of 2009, is still relevant today.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, February 2015 News and updates of interest to workers' compensation law practitioners.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, October 2014 Relevant practice updates and an introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
A historical view of the Workers’ Compensation Act, part 2 By Kenneth F. Werts, Patrick D. Czuprynski, & Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, October 2014 The second in this two-part series looking at the evolution of Illinois' workers' compensation system.
Is the employer liable for payment of temporary total disability benefits when the employee is terminated while on light-duty restriction for admittedly stealing cigarettes? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, October 2014 A discussion of the much-anticipated decision of Walter Matuszczak v. IWCC, which was handed down by The Appellate Court on September 30th 2014.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2014 Relevant practice updates and an introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
A historical view of the Workers’ Compensation Act By Kenneth F. Werts & Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2014 The first in a two-part series looking at the evolution of Illinois' workers' compensation system.
An interview with Arbitrator George Andros By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2014 Learn more about the life and background of this dynamic Arbitrator.
Special risks or hazards can become part of the employment and render the risk, and to the general public compensable By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2014 A summary of Brais v. IWCC.
What you talk’n ‘bout, Willis? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, May 2014 A review of the recent case of James Paluch v. United Parcel Service.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2014 Updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, October 2013 An introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
7/1/13 interview with Chairman Michael Latz By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, August 2013 Get to know Michael Latz, Chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
Editor’s comments By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, August 2013 Updates of interest to Workers' Compensation Law practitioners from newsletter editor Rich Hannigan.
The mailbox rule and Section 19(f)(1) By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, August 2013 On August 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois issued its decision in Gruszeczka v. IWCC. The issue in this case was whether a proceeding for judicial review of a Commission decision under section 19(f)(1) begins or is started when the Request for Summons and the proof of payment of the probable cost of the record are placed in a mailbox or when they are file stamped by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2013 A message and introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Appellate court reverses Commission’s finding “arising out of” to be against the manifest weight of the evidence By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2013 In another Rule 23 case, Illinois State Treasurer, as ex officio Custodian of the Injured Workers Benefit Fund v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (Joseph Mese), the Appellate Court reversed the IWCC’s finding that the petitioner’s injuries arose out of and in the course of her employment.
Editor’s comments By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2013 An introduction the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Person as a whole vs. 8(d)(1) wage differential, a Rule 23 decision By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2013 In Illinois Tool Works v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, filed January 3, 2012, the claimant injured his low back on March 21, 2003 and underwent a lumbar diskectomy at L4-5 on March 22, 2004.

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