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Author: Sarah Cronin

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Arbitrators Reappointed

On Friday, August 19th Governor Pritzker announced the reappointment of all 10 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Arbitrators. A press release from the Governor's Office: ILLINOIS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION ARBITRATORS Dennis O’Brien will continue to serve as an Arbitrator on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.* O’Brien has served as an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2019. Edward Lee will continue to serve as an Arbitrator on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Lee has served as an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 1997. Elaine Llerena will continue to serve as an Arbitrator on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Llerena has served...

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Another Win for Power & Cronin

Congratulations to John Fassola and the University of Illinois for their win in a case with a very unusual fact pattern.  The claimant was a student lab worker at the University and alleged that he contracted HIV as a result of exposure to infected blood samples.  At trial, we were able to successfully argue multiple avenues denying the compensability of the case.  First, we noted the fact that the claimant had not immediately reported the exposure, which made the credibility of his allegation questionable.  We also used medical evidence to suggest that the timeframe between the alleged exposure and the...

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A Win for Power & Cronin

Congratulations to Ed Miniat, LLC and Jeff Redick for their victorious hearing before IWCC Arbitrator Joseph Amarilio of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The case involved a Petitioner that alleged to have sustained workplace injuries as a result multiple accidents including a fall and repetitive traumas. The Petitioner claimed over $132,000.00 in accrued benefits at hearing.  As a result of inconsistencies in Petitioner’s testimony elicited on cross-examination and impeachment against medical record evidence, the Arbitrator determined that the Petitioner’s conditions were not causally related to the alleged injuries and all claims for benefits were denied.  No appeal was filed....

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