19(b)1 is no place for rehabBy Richard D. HanniganApril 2002On February 1, 2002 the appellate court filed it's decision on Mobil Oil Corp. vs. Industrial Commission (David Haberkorn). At the time of this publication the decision is not final and subject to change.
Appellate court takes a “gamble” on Jones Act casesBy Amy E. SchaefferJanuary 2002In Lance Grobe v. Hollywood CasinoAurora, Inc., 2001 WL 1380827, the appellate court considered the applicability of the Jones Act. Lance Grobe worked for Hollywood CasinoAurora and injured himself while descending some stairs on August 19, 1999.
Case law updateOctober 2002In Navistar International Transportation Corp. v. Industrial Commission, 331 Ill.App.3d 405, 771 N.E.2d 35, the employee had received an award of permanent total disability in December of 1987.
Case law updateJune 2002Darwin Baggett was a high school industrial arts teacher who collapsed at work.
Civility in our work placeBy Michael B. HymanApril 2002In the last Workers' Compensation Newsletter I advised that the Supreme Court has commissioned a study on civility among attorneys.
Commissioners of the Industrial CommissionBy Richard D. HanniganApril 2002For those of you who are not familiar with the Commissioner's who hear your oral 19(h) and 8(a) petitions, hear oral argument, rule on your motions at the review level and administer to the functioning of the Industrial Commission, a brief note is in order.
The common fund doctrine/entitlement to attorney feesBy Richard D. HanniganApril 2002The Illinois Supreme Court has reaffirmed the application of the common fund doctrine to the recoupment of attorney fees from a third party group carrier who made payment of medical bills pursuant to it's group policy.
Congratulations!June 2002Gerald F. Cooper, Jr. of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light & Hanson will become Chair of the Workers' Compensation Committee of the ISBA. The Committee thanks Larry A. Scordino for his leadership this past year.
Illinois Industrial Commission releases 2002 calendarBy John W. Hallock, Jr.January 2002In an effort to improve and continue services despite budgetary concerns, beginning December 2001 Chicago will be operating at virtually full strength capacity with 13 arbitration calls.
Notes from the editorBy Richard D. HanniganOctober 2002Commissioner Robert Madigan resigned effective July 8, 2002. Paul Rink has accepted a temporary appointment to serve as the public-member (Panel A) through December 31, 2002.
Notes from the editorJanuary 2002On September 15, 2001, Tim Eaton, the president of the Illinois State Bar Association attended the Workers' Compensation Law Section Council Meeting. President Eaton discussed an upcoming conference of a committee on the courts, which will focus on improving our courts and administrative agencies such as the Industrial Commission.