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Arbitrator Dollison April Schedule

Passing of Elizabeth Fratianni

Board Meetings Cancelled

Passing of Helen "Holly" Hennessy

Arbitrator Evaluation Forms Now Available

Governor Rauner Announces New Arbitrator Appointment

Governor Rauner Announces Commissioner Appointments

Gratitude for the Service of Commissioner Ruth White and Commissioner Mario Basurto

Arbitrator Dollison's Dockets In Woodstock, Waukegan and Rockford

April 19th Hearing Dates Cancelled in Collinsville, Peoria and Springfield

Passing of Howard W. Phillips

Arbitrator Frank Soto to Cover the Docket of Arbitrator Andros

Arbitrator Friedman's Rockford Trial Cycle

Status Call and Hearing Date Changes to the Waukegan 2017 Calendar in January, April, July and September

Arbitrator Michael Glaub Assigned to Hear Cases at the Chicago IWCC Location

IWCC Adopted Amendments to and New Parts for its Administrative Rules

Liquidation Order Entered in the Matter of Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance

Video Evidence Submission to the Commission

19(p) List

Hearing Room Reservations For Settlement Dates

IWCC Document Request Instructions

No gifts, please

New process for requesting files

Settlement tips

Attorney code numbers now mandatory

Arbitration policies in effect

Think "Safety First" at work and at home

Injuries continue to decline

Commission encourages more Settlement Days

Send court orders to Commission

Need help bringing a worker back to light duty

   




Arbitrator Dollison April Schedule

Arbitrator Dollison will be in Waukegan to handle the April trial cycle. The call will be held on Friday, April 21st  with hearing dates on April 24th , 25th , 26th , 27th and 28th . Please send all correspondence to Arbitrator Dollison at:

Arbitrator Dollison
1448 E 52nd St #436
Chicago, IL 60615-4122

posted 3/10/2017

Passing of Elizabeth Fratianni

We regret to announce the passing of Chairman Joann Fratianni’s Mother.  Elizabeth Isena Fratianni passed away peacefully at the age of 98. The Commission extends our condolences to the Chairman, and the entire Fratianni and Atsaves family. Information regarding the services is detailed below.

Visitation

Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00-10:30AM

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL  60540

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, March 24, 2017
11:00AM

SS. Peter & Paul Church
36 N. Ellsworth St.
Naperville, IL  60540

Interment to follow

SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery
Naperville, IL

 

 

posted 3/21/2017

Board Meetings Cancelled

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2017 and the Commission Review Board meeting scheduled for March 23,2017 have been cancelled. New meeting dates will be posted on the Commission website once dates and times have been determined. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

posted 3/20/2017

Passing of Helen "Holly" Hennessy

Helen "Holly" Hennessy age 84, passed away on March 14, 2017. Holly was the cherished wife of Leo F. Hennessy. Visitation is Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St. Chicago Ridge, Il. Services will be held at the Christ the King Church at 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago Il at 10:00am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetary.

 

posted 3/16/2017

Arbitrator Evaulation Form

Arbitrator evaluations are now available on the forms page.

posted 3/10/2017

Governor Rauner Announces New Arbitrator Appointment

Governor Rauner has appointed Ms. Ketki Steffen as an arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Ms. Steffen had formerly been an arbitrator with the Commission and will call upon her extensive workers' compensation experience in her newly appointed role. 

 

posted 03/06/2017

Governor Rauner Announces Commissioner Appointments

Governor Rauner has appointed Ms. Deborah Simpson and Ms. L. Elizabeth Coppoletti to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Commissioner Simpson will  assume the seat on Panel C formerly held by Commissioner Basurto.  Commissioner Coppoletti will assume the seat on Panel B formerly held by Commissioner White. 

 

posted 03/06/2017

Gratitude for the Service of Commissioner Ruth White and Commissioner Mario Basurto

The Commission would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the many years of service that both Ms. White and Mr. Basurto afforded the State of Illinois.  We wish them the best in their future endeavors. 

posted 03/06/2017

Arbitrator Dollison's Dockets in Woodstock, Waukegan and Rockford

InArbitrator Dollison will not be available until further notice. His calls and hearing dates will be covered by other arbitrators. In his absence settlement contracts for review can be presented to the sitting arbitrator or can be sent to either Arbitrator Stephen Friedman, Arbitrator Anthony Erbacci or to Bob Devereaux. The addresses are as follows:

Arbitrator Erbacci
2615 N. Drury Lane
Arlington Heights, IL  60004

Arbitrator Friedman
PO Box 2877
Glenview, IL 60026

Bob Devereaux
IWCC
100 W Randolph St Suite 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

All other legal correspondence should be sent to the Commission’s Chicago office to the attention of Bob Devereaux.

 

posted 02/22/2017

April 19th Hearing Dates Cancelled in Collinsville, Peoria and Springfield

Please be advised that the April 19th hearing date in Collinsville, Peoria and Springfield has been cancelled for judicial training. This cancellation will not affect the hearings in Chicago or any other downstate location. We apologize for any inconvenience.

posted 02/22/2017

Passing of Howard W. Phillips

Our practice has lost another friend, with the passing of Howard W. Phillips. As a former partner of the late Arthur Kane, he practiced at the Commission for near 30 years. Prior to Kane, Doy & Harrington, Howard was with another iconic firm; Cohn, Lambert, Ryan & Schneider. 
He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Shadley, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter.  After retirement, Howard’s passion was photography, as he catalogued the plants found at the Zion State Park. He was a world traveler and took trips to India, Africa and the Galapagos Islands, among many destinations.
A memorial service will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church, 41 Rohlwing Road, Palatine, IL on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:00 am.

 

posted 2/22/2017

Arbitrator Frank Soto to Cover the Docket of Arbitrator Andros

Until further notice, Arbitrator Frank Soto will be overseeing the Chicago docket currently assigned to Arbitrator Andros.  Please direct all future correspondence (including settlement contracts) for cases currently assigned to Arbitrator Andros to Arbitrator Soto at the following address:


Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Attn: Arbitrator Soto
100 W. Randolph, Suite 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

Any correspondence received that is addressed to Arbitrator Andros will be forwarded to Arbitrator Soto.

 

posted 1/19/2017

Arbitrator Friedman's Rockford Trial Cycle

Due to a death in the family Arbitrator Friedman was forced to cancel his hearings on Tuesday, January 17th. Arbitrator Michael Glaub will be in Rockford to cover Arbitrator Friedman’s docket on Wednesday, January 18th . Arbitrator Friedman will return to Rockford on Thursday, January 19th .

 

posted 1/17/2017

Status Call and Hearing Date Changes to the Waukegan 2017 Calendar in January, April, July and September

Due to scheduling conflicts with the Waukegan hearing site we have had to revise the Waukegan calendar for the months of January, April, July and September. The revised dates are as follows:

January 2017: Call date January 20th              Hearing dates: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31

April 2017: Call date April 21st                      Hearing dates: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

July 2017: Call date July 21st                          Hearing dates: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31

September 2017: Call date September 15th     Hearing dates: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26

Revised notices are being sent out with the corrected dates.

 

posted 1/4/2017

Arbitrator Michael Glaub Assigned to Hear Cases in Chicago IWCC Location

Effective January 3, 2017 Arbitrator Michael Glaub will officially take over the “TBA” docket previously assigned to former Arbitrator Robert Williams. Arbitrator Glaub’s first 2017 Status Call will be held at the Commission on Friday, January 20th at 2:00 PM. As a reminder, there may be cases on Arbitrator Glaub’s newly assigned docket that will require him to recuse himself from the matters. Those cases will be randomly assigned to other Chicago Arbitrators.

Please direct all correspondence (including settlement contracts) for cases currently designated as “TBA” to Arbitrator Glaub at the following address:

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Attn: Arbitrator Glaub
100 W. Randolph, Suite 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

 

posted 1/3/2017

IWCC Adopted Amendments to and New Parts for its Administrative Rules

On October 19, 2016, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission voted unanimously to adopt amendments to and new parts for its Administrative Rules.  The final rules, as amended, as well as a document of the new rules with tracked changes may be found on IWCC’s Rules Page HERE.

These proposed rules reflect an agreed effort, drafted by a Committee of 28 attorneys, representing all sides of the Workers’ Compensation bar in Illinois.  This Committee drafted, discussed, and amended these Rules to allow the IWCC to better serve its purpose, in a more efficient, effective, fair, and neutral manner.

The Committee consisted of 2 sitting Commissioners: Commissioner Michael J. Brennan and Commissioner Stephen Mathis; 4 sitting Arbitrators: Steve Friedman, Molly C. Mason, Doug McCarthy, and Maureen Pulia; 18 practicing attorneys: Matthew Belcher, Shawn Biery, Bruce A. Bonds, Frank Brady, Jack Cannon, James Clune, Richard D. Hannigan, Richard K. Johnson, Charles (Denne) Knell, William Lowry, David B. Menchetti, Elaine T. Newquist, Christine M. Ory, John F. Power, Arnold G. Rubin, Frank A. Sommario, Jean Swee, and Ken Werts; and 4 Commissioners’ Staff Attorneys: Mary Sweeney-Bach, Svetlana Kelmanson, Tim Melford, and Elaine Llerena. 

The IWCC wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the 28 attorneys who assisted in drafting and amending the rules.

posted 11/7/16

Liquidation Order Entered

In the matter of Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance an order of liquidation has been entered. Please follow the Insurance tab on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's website to access the order.

 

posted 6/1/2016

Video Evidence Submission to the Commission

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission uses "VLC Media Player" for watching evidence that is submitted in "Video Format". Please submit video evidence in one of the following formats, MP4, WAV, WMV or AVI.

 

posted 5/17/2016

19 (p) List

Pursuant to §19(p), Chairman Fratianni has selected the following five Arbitrators from the list provided by the Advisory Board:

Carolyn Doherty
Stephen Friedman
Nancy Lindsay
Molly Mason
Douglas McCarthy

posted 3/24/2016

Hearing Room Reservations For Settlement Dates

Hearing rooms are available for use on Settlement Days subject to availability. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in reserving a hearing room please contact Annette Roti by email at Annette.Roti@illinois.gov . To be sure that your requests are properly handled, please refrain from calling or leaving voicemail requests.

posted 10/30/15

Attention all parties and counsel

Due to operating constraints, the Commission is suspending the mailings of Arbitrator and Commission decisions and requests your cooperation in facilitating communications.   We request you email the Arbitrator to whom your case is assigned if it is at Arbitration level, or the Administrative Assistant for the Commissioner to whom your case is assigned if it is at the Commission level, written waiver of service by mail, and acceptance of email service, for Commission decisions.   Parties may also request to pick up a copy of any decision at the Commission front desk at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.   Please include your case name and number on all email correspondence(s). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

posted 10/05/15

 

No gifts, please

As the holiday season is upon us, please remember that IWCC rules prohibit IWCC employees from accepting anything of value from 1) any petitioner or respondent with a workers' compensation case; or 2) any attorney representing a petitioner or respondent with a workers' compensation case in front of the IWCC. This includes cash, gifts, and gift cards, as well as minor expenses such as a free lunch or even a discount.

posted 12/19/14


New process for requesting files

To improve services, the IWCC has created a dedicated email address for parties to request documents. 

Parties to a case
(petitioner, respondent, their attorneys, and petitioner's medical provider)

Email wcc.recordrequest@illinois.gov.  Please allow one week for a response before re-sending the email.  If you are requesting a document on a case that was closed more than three months ago, allow two weeks for us to retrieve the document from a remote warehouse. 

In Chicago, parties may view the case file in person upon proof of identity (ARDC card and/or valid State ID). 

Non-parties

Email a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to FOIA Officer Dennie Michelle Mogensen and copy Nicholas Velazquez, or mail requests to

Ms. Dennie Michelle Mogensen, FOIA Officer
IWCC
100 W. Randolph Ste 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

Information falling under FOIA exemptions will be redacted.

The IWCC is dedicated to providing documents promptly and protecting the privacy of claimants.

revised 8/12/14; posted 11/20/12

 

Settlement tips

When submitting settlement contracts, please keep the following points in mind:

1. Make sure your settlements are legible! If the terms are long, please attach an additional page.  If the document isn't clear, it may be misrepresented in our computer system.  Once the contract is destroyed, the computer record will be all that remains.
2.

Send us one copy for every case number listed on the contract, plus one more copy, plus any copies you want returned to you.

For example, if two cases are listed on a contract, the arbitrator will need to keep three copies. If you want us to send you one copy, send four copies (2 case numbers + 1 extra + 1 for you).

3.

If you enclose a cover letter, make sure you copy the opposing party. Otherwise, it could be an ex parte communication, and we may return the contracts to you.

4. If an arbitration decision has been appealed, the arbitrator no longer has jurisdiction in the case. The settlement contract must be considered by the assigned commissioner.
5. Send all correspondence to the appropriate address on the "Contact Information" web page. Do not send mail to a hearing site! 
6. If you want us to mail you copies of an approved contract, enclose an 8" x 11" self-addressed, stamped envelope with adequate postage

We will appreciate your attention to these details, which will keep the process moving smoothly.

revised 7/15/14; posted 6/10/13

 

Attorney code numbers now mandatory

The Commission now requires attorneys to enter their attorney code numbers on each document filed at the IWCC. The attorney code numbers prevent errors and reduce our data entry time considerably.

If you do not have an attorney code number, please download our form, fill it out, and email it to Yvonna Castronova (312/814-6564).

If you move, complete a Notice of Change of Address (IC26) for each case number, and direct it to James Gentry (312/814-6714) in Data Entry.

We appreciate your cooperation in this effort to facilitate the quick, accurate entry of information into our database.

posted 5/6/14

 

Arbitration policies in effect

This is a reminder that the following arbitration trial policies are in effect:

1. Parties present and ready for trial shall be given priority over parties either not ready or those requesting pre-trials.
2. Parties will not be required by arbitrators to submit to pre-trials.
3. Parties who request a pre-trial will be given an opportunity for a pre-trial after trials have concluded.
4. All additional rules or requirements of arbitrators, as a condition to obtaining a trial, that are inconsistent with the mandate of Section 16 that procedures be simple and summary, shall be immediately discontinued.
5. All arbitrators will grant trials pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act on any case where the petitioner is claiming past or current benefits remain unpaid, regardless of the petitioner's current work status. This includes past or future medical, TTD, and maintenance.  For example, if a petitioner has returned to work but TTD or medical remains unpaid, he or she has a right to a trial pursuant to Section 19(b).
6. All arbitrators at all Downstate venues will begin conducting trials on each and every trial date listed on their schedule if requested to do so by the parties. Furthermore, the parties will not be required to wait through each day of the call until they are reached and may return for trial on the date they have chosen.

revised 2/14/12; posted 2005




Think "Safety First" at work and at home

Which would you guess is higher: the rate of accidental injury at home or at work?  Believe it or not, the National Safety Council says home is more dangerous. And while work-related injury rates are declining, off-the-job injuries have increased significantly. 

Nine out of ten deaths and three out of four injuries to workers in 2012 occurred off the job. We encourage everyone to cultivate safety awareness at all times.

revised 4/23/14


Injuries continue to decline

The overall injury rate in Illinois in 2011 was 66% lower than in 1990. PPD injuries are 40% lower.  Experts believe that some of the decline is due to improved safety efforts. These programs are great investments, because everyone wins when accidents are prevented.

Frequency of Injury by Type per 100,000 Workers in Illinois

POLICY YEAR

MEDICAL ONLY

TTD

PPD

PTD

FATAL

TOTAL INJURIES

1990

6,948

1,661

919

4

7

9,539

1995

4,877

1,226

675

4

4

6,786

2000
3,869
842
689
7
5
5,412
2005
2,585
600
541
13
2
3,741
2010
2,220
533
557
2
2
3,315
2011
2,138
505
554
1
2
3,201

Source: National Council on Compensation Insurance, Annual Statistical Bulletin, 1993-2014 editions, Exhibit XII, "First Report" data.  Fatal and PTD data are based on a small number of cases and should be viewed with caution. TTD = Temporary Total Disability; PPD = Permanent Partial Disability; PTD = Permanent Total Disability.

Fatal injuries. Since the US Department of Labor started this study in 1992, fatal injuries have declined significantly: down 26% in the US, down 44% in Illinois.  The construction and transportation industries have the most fatalities; transportation and violence are the leading causes of death. Men and self-employed workers are disproportionately likely to be killed.

Fatal Occupational Injuries in U.S. and Illinois
YEAR
U.S.
ILLINOIS
1992
6,217
260
1995
6,275
249
2000
5,920
206
2005
5,734
194
2010
4,690
203
2011
4,692
177
2012
4,628
146
Change 1992-2012
-26%
-44%

Nonfatal injuries. In the US, 3.4% of private-sector workers experienced a nonfatal injury in 2012.  In Illinois, the rate was 3.2%. The most common type of injury was a sprain or strain, and the back was the part of the body most injured.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/iif/

revised 8/1/14


Commission encourages more Settlement Days

As we all know, the Commission is a high-volume operation. Each arbitrator handles roughly 3,000 cases at any time, which makes it essential to make the best possible use of his or her time. We also know that opposing parties on a case often do not meet until the day of trial. Valuable trial time is then spent on perfunctory matters, easily-resolved discrepancies, and hallway negotiations.

In response, several years ago the Commission started encouraging groups to hold a "Settlement Day" at the Commission. The idea is to bring the two sides together informally to discuss the case and narrow the issues in dispute.

In a typical Settlement Day, an employer, insurance company, or law firm will invite opposing counsel on 25-100 cases to come to the Commission to see if the issues in dispute can be resolved.

No hearing officers or Commission staff are present at Settlement Day conferences. If the parties reach agreement, an arbitrator is available to review the settlement contracts that day.

Thousands of cases have been resolved through this process, and the Commission encourages groups to try it for themselves.

If you find files that are ready to go and you invite the opposing counsel to a Settlement Day, "your success rate should be over 50%," says Keith Brown, senior claims manager at Wausau Insurance, which has set up over a dozen Settlement Days.

"You can close more cases in a Settlement Day than you would ordinarily close in a day or even a week," he continues. "Everyone's in a frame of mind to settle the claims out. It brings down both parties' caseloads and gets the files out of the system."

For more information, or to schedule a Settlement Day, please contact Annette.Roti.

revised 7/22/08

 

Send court orders to Commission

If you are involved in a case in which a court issues an order requiring the Commission to act, please send a copy of the order to Yvonna Castronova (312/814-6564), and ask the court to return the transcript to us. The courts do not always send us copies of their orders, and cases may fall into limbo if we are not informed. Thanks for your help in keeping the process running smoothly.

 

Need help bringing a worker back to light duty?

The federal Job Accommodation Network (800/526-7234) offers free information regarding workplace accommodations for disabled workers. This service may be particularly helpful to employers that are trying to bring injured workers back to light-duty work.

Given the functional requirements of a job and the individual's limitations, a consultant will provide advice on the appropriate workplace accommodations. Fortunately, most employees can be accommodated at a modest cost. Often, it is cheaper to pay for the accommodations than to continue to pay Temporary Total Disability benefits.

 

 

 

   
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