Articles From Richard D. Hannigan

Appellate court warns practitioners to comply with Supreme Court Rule 341(h)(3) or have their brief stricken By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2017 The Appellate Court's decision in Dayton Freight Lines v. IWCC et al. contained an admonition: "In the past we have noted the deficiencies in the briefs which we have received but nevertheless addressed the issues raised and the resolve those appeals without striking the offending brief or appendix. In the future, however, this court may not be so inclined. Practitioners would be well advised to heed our warning."
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2017 News and updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2016 News and recent updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Appellate court issues decision on June 28, 2016 regarding the failure of the parties to offer an AMA rating exam into evidence By Richard D. Hannigan & Cameron B. Clark Workers' Compensation Law, July 2016 With the decision in Corn Belt Energy Corp. v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the courts are one step closer to resolving the issue of whether the submission of a PPD rating report into evidence (also referred to as an AMA rating examination) is mandatory in order for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to award permanent partial disability benefits.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2016 An introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Should you try a nature and extent case without a sixth edition AMA guideline rating? By Richard D. Hannigan & Cameron B. Clark Workers' Compensation Law, July 2016 If you are considering trying a case in the near future and permanent partial disability is an issue, the authors suggest you consider whether you wish to have an AMA rating submitted to the arbitrator for consideration.
When does the 19(h) review time limitation begin to run? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, July 2016 Does it begin to run after the decision has been entered by the Commission? Does it begin to run once a Circuit Court decision becomes final? Alternatively, does it begin to run once an appellate court or Supreme Court decision becomes final? The answer is “it all depends.” 
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.

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