Articles From Richard D. Hannigan

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?
Editor’s note By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2006 John Adams’ tenure as Chairperson has come to an end. He has had a great year and has set the bar high for the incoming Chairperson, Deborah Benzing, and all others who follow.
Inclusion of net profits not allowed in calculation of average weekly wage By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2006 This Rule 23 case involved a son who purchased the assets of his father’s business and incorporated his new venture.
Is it possible to file a 19(h) petition more than 30 months after a final award? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2006 The answer is: It depends. In Kenneth W. Behe v. Industrial Commission, 2006 WL 1382058 2nd District May 5, 2006 the Appellate Court discusses the issue of how many 19(h) Petitions can be filed.
Respondent appeals nature and extent award of 22.5% loss of use of each arm and 22.5% loss of use of each hand By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2006 In this Rule 23 case, it was not disputed that the Petitioner developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and bilateral cubital tunnel syndrome.
Was passing through that door an increased risk? Must the injured worker present expert testimony that the preexisting condition was not the cause of the current condition of ill-being? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2006 University of Illinois v. Industrial Commission, 2006 WL 1169811 1st District May 3, (2006) involves an employee who had a prior knee injury that resulted in knee surgery in August of 1999.
Co-editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2006 Congratulations go out to our Chair, John Adams, Vice Chair, Deborah Benzing and Secretary, John Sheperd, as well as all of the lecturers who presented the ISBA with two educational seminars in February of this year.
Co-Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2006 MCLE (minimum, not mandatory, continuing legal education) is here. The officers of the Workers’ Compensation Section, John Adams, Deborah Benzing, John Shepard, the co-editors and all of the counsel section members are working to deliver quality material to assist you in meeting your bi-yearly requirements.
Co-editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, August 2005 A message from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Who benefits from adjustments to medical bills paid by a third-party group insurance carrier? The employer or injured worker? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, August 2005 In Joyce Arthur, Appellee, v. Laurie Catour Appellants et.al. Docket Nos. 07920, 97946 cons.-Agenda-November 2004; the following question was certified to the Supreme Court moving through the system pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 308
Co-editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2005 As of this writing sweeping amendments have been added to the Act and placed before the Governor. There is every reason to believe that by the time you read this, they will be signed into law.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2005 If you blinked you may have missed the flurry of activity at the Commission.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2004 A message from Editor Rich Hannigan.
Industrial Commission news By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, June 2004 By the time this newsletter is received by your office there may be amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act.
Clerical error. When is the proper time to file a Review? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2004 The appellate court seems to deal with this issue once every four years. In Diane Schultz v Forest Preserve District of Cook County, 1-02-2860 WC filed by the First District Appellate Court, Industrial Commission Division revisited that issue.
Commission news By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2004 Updates of interest to workers' comp law practitioners.
When filing a summons for the employer, make sure the principal signs the bond By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, March 2004 In Freedom Graphic Systems, Inc. v. Industrial Commission, the appellate court addresses the issue of whether section 19(f) requires "strict compliance" when a bond is filed with the circuit court but unsigned.
Commission News By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, December 2003 Updates from the Illinois Industrial Commission.
Editor’s notes By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2003 Gerald F. Cooper has completed a successful term as Chairperson of the Workers' Compensation Law Council Section.
Sisbro revisited By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, September 2003 What if everyone agreed that the employee had a pre-existing condition that had so far deteriorated that any activity could or might cause the employee to become disabled and require treatment?
Appellate court does not have jurisdiction to hear direct appeal from Industrial Commission decision By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2003 In Pace Bus Company v. Industrial Commission, the appellate court, First Judicial District dismissed an appeal by the employer ruling that they lacked jurisdiction to hear an appeal directly from an Industrial Commission decision.
Hearing loss—Who is liable? By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2003 In our April, 2002 newsletter, Steve Grady discussed Hamilton v. Industrial Commission, 326 Ill.App.3d 602; 761 N.E.2d 775; 260 Ill.Dec. 592. Since then, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois accepted the case and has affirmed the appellate court.
Injury at picnic voluntary/mandatory attendance By Richard D. Hannigan Workers' Compensation Law, April 2003 On September 18, 1998 the claimant was at a company picnic and was playing basketball on the company parking lot when he injured his right knee.

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