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Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2009 Please note that the opinions contained in these articles and interviews are not necessary the opinions of the Illinois State Bar Association and are solely the opinion of the author.
November 16, 2009 Interview with Arbitrator Edward Lee By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2009 Arbitrator Lee, on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association I would like to thank you for this opportunity to sit down and discuss your background and experience as an arbitrator at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2009 An introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Interview with Arbitrator Joann Fratianni By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2009 Get to know more about Arbitrator Joann Fratianni.
Can the Commission award penalties pursuant § 19(k) and 16 for prospective medical care? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2009 In what was first a Rule 23 order entered March 6, 2009 and now a published decision filed May 13, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Workers’ Compensation Division, in Residential Carpentry v. Workers’ Compensation Commission, No. 03-08-0122WC, affirmed a case where the arbitrator awarded temporary total disability benefits and penalties on prospective medical expenses.  
Does a 4(c) petition and/or a rule to show cause survive an approved settlement contract? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2009 On April 14, 2009 the author had the opportunity to be present during the Appellate Court oral argument when two former presidents of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association went toe-to-toe on a rule to show cause filed by the petitioner’s attorney Richard Aleksy against the adjuster and insurance company who where represented by Ms. Elaine Newquist.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2009 An introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Medical bills: What a dilemma! By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2009 Resolving issues regarding medical bills and expenses have become a daunting task for the petitioner’s attorney and the respondent. This is true whether the case is contested or uncontested.  
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2009 An introduction to the issue from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Interview with Chairman Amy Masters By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2009 Get to know about Amy Masters, chairperson of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
Editor’s note By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2008 Unless you have been out of the country or in a coma this is not news to you.
Interview with Arbitrator Gerald Jutila October 31, 2008/November 13, 2008 By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2008 Hannigan: First, I’d like to thank you for allowing me to sit down with you. How are you doing today?
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2008 Workers' Compensation updates from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Attorney fees for the discharged attorney: Does it pay to be the second attorney? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2008 Ted Collison, a prominent Petitioner’s attorney from Northbrook, was kind enough to forward an appellate court decision regarding attorney fees.
Editor’s note By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2008 The ISBA Section Counsel members thank John Shepherd of Williams and McCarthy (Rockford)for the dedication and leadership he has shown as chairman of our section for the past year.
Extra scrutiny revisited By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2008 The S&H Floor Covering Inc. v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission decision affirmed that it may be time to give credence to Cook v. Industrial Commission and provide for “an extra degree of scrutiny” when determining whether there is sufficient support for the Commission’s decision especially when the Commission makes credibility determinations regardless of the arbitrator’s findings.”
If you do not ask the respondent to pay for the medical provider’s expenses does the medical provider count as a choice? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2008 In Comfort Masters v. The Workers’ Compensation Commission et al. (Onasis Youanis) No. 1—07—1951WC, filed May 20, 2008 by the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Workers’ Compensation Commission Division, the five justices unanimously answered in the negative.
Sanctions at the Circuit Court Level By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2008 Rarely will the courts allow sanctions pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 137.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2008 The co-editors of this newsletter appreciate the positive feedback we have received for each issue that we have produced.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2007 Chairman Dennis Ruth has decided to seek a judgeship in Third Judicial Circuit. On September 26, the Madison St. Clair Record 2007 reported:
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2007 On August 17, 2007 Chairman Dennis Ruth made the following announcement:
Waiver of Section 5b lien By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2007 Did you use to worry that you waived your Section 5 lien when you entered into a settlement contract?
Notes from the Editor By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2007 A message from the editor.
A Rule 23 decision with something for everyone By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2007 This particular case was appealed on the issue of the nature and extent of the injury.
Wage Loss Differential By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2007 Under §8(d)1 of the Workers’ Compensation Act an injured worker is entitled to a wage loss differential when it is proved that he is partially incapacitated and permanently prevented from pursuing his usual and customary line of employment and there is an impairment of earnings.
Co-Editor’s notes By Janet D. Pallardy & Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2007 Congratulations go out to our Chairperson and Vice-Chair Deb Benzing and John Shepherd on another sell out seminar February 12, 2007 and February 19, 2007.
Repetitive trauma, date of accident and travel expenses for seeing treater By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2007 In a Rule 23 Order filed on October 3, 2006, the Appellate Court dealt with the issue of repetitive trauma, date of injury, and travel expenses.
What we are never to discuss: Compensation to arbitrators, commissioner and the attorneys who practice before the Commission By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2007 This article is strictly the author’s opinion and not necessarily the opinion of this council section, its member and the ISBA (or anyone else for that matter).
Editor’s note By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2006 Although the ISBA marks time from the third week in June to the third week in June, I am a traditionalist and mark time from January to December.
Co-Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2006 Have you started to accumulate your hours of education for the mandatory Minimum Continuing Legal Education?

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