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Upcoming Workers’ Comp Advisory Board Meeting Rescheduled

IWCC Document Request Instructions
Chairman and Commissioner Appointments Confirmed
Panel A Oral Arguments have been cancelled on April 27th and April 28th

March 30, Medical Fee Advisory Board Cancelled and Rescheduled to April 10, 2015
Judicial Training Scheduled for April 27, 2015 and April 28, 2015
Bloomington Trial Date Cancelled for Today 3/19, Trials Resume Tomorrow

Woodstock Hearing Site Closed April 3rd
New Lenox Closed April 3rd, Status Call Changed
Handling of Settlement Contracts and Motions for Cases Previously Assigned to Arbitrators Fratianni and Luskin
March Board Meetings Cancelled
Governor Rauner Makes the Following Workers' Compensation Commission Appointments

Commissioner and Arbitrator Appointments Confirmed

Parking at Kankakee Hearing Site

ASTC and HOSF Fee Schedules Updated by OPTUM

Passing of Former Chairman and Arbitrator, Ray Rybacki
Woodstock Hearing Site Changed

2015 fee schedule to be posted Jan. 1
Change planned to ASCII file of arbitration call sheets
Come to an open house
Commission stops uninsured employers
Snow closings

No gifts, please
Public self-insured employers' report due
Mobile app for insurance coverage databaseNote changes to calendars
Governor Quinn appoints Ron Rascia Acting Chairman
WC loss costs drop nearly 20%; Illinois leads US in premium savings

New arbitrator assignments announced
2015 Fee schedule rates will increase 1.70%
New process for requesting files
2015 WC advisory insurance rates to drop 5.5%
Do not send mail to hearing sites
Avoid the dangers of painkillers

Settlement tips
Attorney code numbers now mandatory
Arbitration policies in effect   
Features on IWCC website
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


Upcoming Workers’ Comp Advisory Board Meeting Rescheduled

The board meeting set for June 8th has been cancelled and rescheduled for June 4th.  It will be at 10am and will be held in Springfield with a satellite location in Chicago.

posted 5/26/15

Instructions for Requesting Case File Documents

If you are a party of record, an attorney for a party of record, or medical provider, it is unnecessary for you to contact the IWCC FOIA Officer to obtain record copies.  In order to most efficiently and expeditiously obtain records responsive to your requests, please direct requests for records directly to the Central File Department in person or via email at

posted 5/12/15

Chairman and Commissioner Appointments Confirmed

On April 30th 2015, the General Assembly took action on IWCC Executive Appointments. The appointments of Chairman Joann Fratianni, and Commissioner Joshua Luskin and the re-appointments of Commissioners Charles DeVriendt, David Gore, and Kevin Lamborn were voted out of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee and immediately sent to the full Senate where they all passed without any opposition. This was the final step to officially serve in their capacity as IWCC Chairman and Commissioners. Each of these appointees has extensive knowledge and experience and the Commission is honored to have them serve the State of Illinois workers’ compensation system.

posted 5/1/15

Panel A Oral Arguments have been cancelled on April 27th and April 28th

Panel A Oral Arguments have been cancelled on April 27th and April 28th to accommodate the Commission's Judicial Training.  They have been rescheduled for May 11th and 12th.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

posted 4/13/15

March 30, 2015 Medical Fee Advisory Board Meeting Cancelled and Rescheduled for April 30, 2015

Today's scheduled meeting being cancelled and rescheduled for April 10, 2015

Judicial Training Scheduled for April 27, 2015 and April 28, 2015

Judicial Training for all employees, commissioners and staff attorneys will take place on April 27, 2015 and April 28, 2015.  Please be advised that no hearings will be scheduled on either day.  Other functions of the commission will proceed unaffected.


Bloomington Trial Date Caqncelled for Today 3/19, Trials Resume Tomorrow

Please be advised that the 3/19 Trial Date for Bloomington has been cancelled. Trials will resume tomorrow.

Woodstock Hearing Site Closed April 3rd

Please be advised that the Woodstock hearing site will be closed on April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday.  The status call will remain on Wednesday, April 1st, and there will be an additional trial day on Thursday, April 2nd.


New Lenox Closed April 3rd, Status Call Changed

Please be advised that the New Lenox Village Hall will be closed on April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday.  The status call scheduled for Friday, April 3 rd will be moved to Monday, April 6 th .  All trial dates will remain unchanged.   Notices will be mailed to all interested parties.

Handling of Settlement Contracts and Motions for Cases Previously Assigned to Arbitrators Fratianni and Luskin

The recent promotions of Arbitrator Fratianni to Chairman of the IWCC and Arbitrator Luskin to the position of Commissioner of the IWCC have created a question as to how settlement contracts, motions etc. for their dockets should be handled until a permanent arbitrator has been assigned.

Zone 5: All correspondence previously sent to Arbitrator Fratianni should be sent to either Arbitrator Andros or Arbitrator Falcioni for handling. Both of these arbitrators have the authority to act on motions and approve settlement contracts involving cases from Arbitrator Fratianni's docket.

Zone 6: All correspondence previously sent to Arbitrator Luskin should be sent to either Arbitrator Cronin or Arbitrator Doherty for handling. Both of these arbitrators have the authority to act on motions and approve settlement contracts involving cases from Arbitrator Luskins docket.

In the event that settlement contracts are sent to the Commission the case will be reassigned to the pro se arbitrator of the day for review and/or approval.

posted 1/25/15

March Board Meetings Cancelled

Please note that due to General Assembly appropriation planning and scheduled hearings for the IWCC, we have cancelled all board meetings set for March.  We will be working with board members to set new dates and will post them on the website immediately thereafter.   We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you

posted 1/25/15

Governor Rauner Makes the Following Workers' Compensation Commission Appointments

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Joann Fratianni-Atsaves as the chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC). She has 34 years of experience in workers' compensation law and has previously served as both an arbitrator and a commissioner at the IWCC.

Governor Rauner has reappointed David Gore to his fourth term.  He continues to represent the employee community as a labor commissioner.

Governor Rauner has reappointed Kevin Lamborn to a third term. He will continue to serve as the employer representative.

Governor Rauner has selected Joshua Luskin to serve as a public member commissioner. Luskin is currently an arbitrator at the IWCC and has more than 15 years of law experience.

Former Acting Chairman Ronald A. Rascia has resumed his role as General Counsel of the Commission.

posted 1/25/15

Commissioner and Arbitrator Appointments Confirmed

On February 17, 2015 the Full Senate confirmed Stephen Mathis as Commissioner and the following Arbitrator Appointments: Milton Black, Maria Bocanegra, Stephen Friedman, Steven Fruth, Jessica Hegarty, David Kane, Lynette Thompson Smith, Anthony Erbacci, Robert Falcioni, Joann Fratianni and Michael Nowak.  Each of these individuals contribute the utmost professionalism to the Illinois workers' compensation system and we are honored to have them serve the employers and employees of Illinois

posted 1/18/15

Parking at Kankakee Arbitration Site - Effective Immediately

The Kankakee Arbitration hearing site requires that workers' compensation attorneys and visitors park their vehicles in the parking lot across the street (where gazebo is located). cars parked in the lot directly in front of the Kankakee Public Library / Executive Center building may be ticketed.


ASTC & HOSF Fee Schedule Update

The ASTC and HOSF fee scheules have been updated by Optum. One hundred and sixty-six codes, with the status indicator J1, were added to the fee schedule (the 1.7% CPI increase was applied). These codes and values had been inadvertantly deleted due to their new J1 status indicator which our update methodology did not recognize. These are payable codes and thus were added back.


Passing of Former Industrial Commission Chairman and Arbitrator, Ray Rybacki

Ray Rybacki served 38 years with the Industrial Commission; 35 of which he was an Arbitrator and 3 years as Chairman. We thank him for his dedicated service to the employers and injured workers’ of the state. His efforts during his tenure as Arbitrator and Chairman will have a lasting impact on the Illinois workers’ compensation system. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Services are as follows.

Excerpt from Schmaedeke Funeral Home:

Ray J. Rybacki, age 83, Beloved husband of the late Jacqueline M. nee: Murphy. Devoted father of Charlotte, Pamela, Jacqueline (William) and Patricia Rybacki. Loving grandfather of Kamila. Dear brother of the late LaVerne (Len) Kulwiec and the late Loretta (the late Sam) Suizzo. Fond uncle of many. Ray is a former Democratic Committeeman of Palos Township for 12 years, founder of young Democrats of Palos Township and Past Chairman of Illinois Industrial Commission. Visitation Monday 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Funeral Tuesday January 20, 2015 Chapel Prayers 9:15 am from the Schmaedeke Funeral Home 10701 S. Harlem Ave. Worth to Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church 10731 W. 131st St. Orland Park, IL. Mass: 10:00 am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations to Fr. Don Bosco Selvaraj Mission in India 10731 W. 131st St. Orland Park, IL. 60462 appreciated. Service info 708 448-6000


posted 1/15/15

Woodstock Hearing Site Changed

The new hearing venue is immediately north of the 2014 location at:
McHenry County Administration Building
667 Ware Road
Woodstock, IL 60098


2015 fee schedule to be posted Jan. 1

The fee schedule vendor, OptumInsight, will post the 2015 fee schedule on January 1. 

posted 12/31/14


Come to an open house

You are invited to an open house at our Chicago office on March 25 or May 5.  After an overview of our court process, visitors will observe arbitration hearings and review-level oral arguments. After oral arguments end, there will be a question-and-answer period with commissioners. The program will end around 12 noon.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is limited. To sign up, please send an email with the subject "open house" and the desired date.

If you are interested in a Downstate program, please send an email, indicating the city you prefer and how many people would attend. You are always welcome to observe hearings at any site on your own: see the calendars web page for details.

When the Commission announced an open house in Chicago in January 2010, the seats filled up on the day it was announced.  Subsequent programs also filled up and have been well-received. In all, over 800 people have signed up to attend.  Visitors walk away with a greater understanding of how to interact with the Commission and work with the process. 

posted 12/31/14


Change planned to ASCII file of arbitration call sheets

If you download all the arbitration call sheets as an ASCII file, please be advised we plan to switch to a delimited text file early in 2015. If you have any questions or feedback about this change, please let us know.

posted 12/31/14


Commission stops uninsured employers

For four years, the Insurance Compliance Unit served Barbara Surges, individually and as Midnight Services in Addison, six times for failure to obtain workers' compensation insurance. Each time, Surges bought insurance and then allowed the policy to lapse. Surges agreed to pay a $70,000 fine, but did not pay. The DuPage County Court has just issued an injunction shutting down the company.

The Commission also executed a work-stop order on Nolasco Montesa, individually and as Montesa Express in Joliet, for failure to obtain workers' compensation insurance.

Both of these individuals were given many opportunities to obtain insurance before charges were filed, but they persistently refused. These efforts protect workers as well as employers that follow the law.

posted 12/19/14


Snow closings

On snowy winter days, the IWCC offices will be open as long as the State of Illinois is open. Downstate hearings will be held as long as the local courthouse is open.

posted 12/19/14


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


Public self-insured employers' report due

By law (745 ILCS 10/9-103(d)), every local public entity that is individually or jointly self-insured for workers' compensation must file with the Commission a report indicating its election to self-insure. This report is due within 30 days after January 1 every year.

posted 12/15/14


Mobile app for insurance coverage database

The National Council on Compensation Insurance has released a free mobile application for the Employers' Insurance Coverage Verification Service. Click here for details.

posted 12/11/14


Note changes to calendars

Please note we have made the following changes to the calendars:

Level Location Arbitrator/Panel Date Cancelled Date Added

We apologize for any inconvenience.

revised 12/31/14; posted 10/15/13


Governor Quinn appoints Ron Rascia Acting Chairman

Governor Quinn has appointed Ronald A. Rascia as Acting Chairman, effective today. Chairman Rascia first joined the Commission in 2011 as General Counsel, and later added the duties of the Secretary of the Commission. Assistant Secretary Brendan O'Rourke will now serve as Acting Secretary. 

Chairman Rascia worked for the Illinois Attorney General for nine years as a supervising attorney in the General Law Bureau, where he defended State agencies in state and federal courts. As an attorney in the private sector, he served as General Counsel to Northwestern Golf Company and Platinum Financial Group.

Chairman Rascia earned a BA in Economics from DePaul, and both a JD and LLM in Intellectual Property from John Marshall Law School.

Former Chairman Michael Latz resigned on November 30th. We thank him for his efforts and wish him well.

posted 12/1/14


Workers' compensation loss costs drop nearly 20%;
Illinois leads US in premium savings

Indications are coming in to show the 2011 changes to the Workers' Compensation Act are delivering significant savings to Illinois businesses.  The National Council on Compensation Insurance reported a 19.3% drop in loss costs since 2011

In addition, the long-awaited 2014 Oregon study found Illinois had the largest savings in the country as a percentage of study median. Illinois moved from the 4th most expensive state in the US to the 7th. 

posted 10/27/14


New arbitrator assignments announced

Effective November 1, Arbitrator Stephen Friedman will take over the Chicago call formerly handled by Arbitrator Kelmanson, and Arbitrator Michael Nowak will take over the Collinsville/Belleville call formerly handled by Arbitrator Zanotti.

We are creating new Chicago calls for Arbitrators Bocanegra and Fruth that will take effect January 1, 2015. Because cases are continued for 90 days at a time, some cases are now being reassigned for the January calls. The computer may show the new arbitrator, but until January 1 the current arbitrator retains jurisdiction. Parties should address 19(b) motions and other matters to the current arbitrator. If you have any questions, please contact the Chairman's Office.

Click here to read more about the new arbitrators.

revised 10/17/14; posted 10/10/14


2015 Fee schedule rates will increase 1.70%

Medical fee schedule rates will increase 1.70% on January 1, 2015. The 2015 rates will be 38% lower than medical inflation since the fee schedule took effect in 2006. 

Annual Adjustments
Effective date
CPI-U / IL fee sch.

February 1, 2006




January 1, 2007




January 1, 2008




January 1, 2009




January 1, 2010




January 1, 2011




September 1, 2011*



January 1, 2012




January 1, 2013
January 1, 2014
January 1, 2015





*Effective 9/1/11, pursuant to HB1698, all fees were reduced by 30%.

Section 8.2(a) of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act provides that, each year, fee schedule rates shall increase or decrease by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index-U (CPI-U) in the previous year.

The 2015 rates will be posted as soon as the vendor, Optuminsight, calculates them and obtains information about new and deleted codes. The rates are usually posted at the end of the year. We will give notice on this web page and through our ListServe when the rates are available.

posted 9/22/14

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  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). 


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
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


2015 WC advisory insurance rates to drop 5.5%

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed for an 5.5% decrease in voluntary advisory insurance rates, effective January 1, 2015. This is the third decrease in three years.  Advisory rates have dropped over 18% since the 2011 reforms.

To read the Governor's press release, click here.

posted 7/31/14


Do not send mail to hearing sites

Please do not send mail to our hearing sites! It only causes confusion and delays.  Send all correspondence to the appropriate address on the "Contact Information" web page. This will expedite the process. 

posted 7/18/14


Avoid the dangers of painkillers

The number of poisoning deaths has doubled in recent years, largely due to overdoses of prescribed painkillers. Painkiller sales have increased over 600% since 1997. More people die from overdoses of legal drugs than from cocaine and heroin combined!

The National Safety Council offers tips on using opioid painkillers safely. If you or someone you love uses painkillers, learn how to prevent, identify, and respond to overdoses.

revised 7/1/14; posted 6/9/14


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.

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).


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


Features on IWCC website

We are always trying to improve our website.  Here's a list of recent improvements.


The Commission offers a group email news service that sends out news as soon as it is posted to our website.  Over 2,200 people have signed up. To enroll, type your email address in the field at the top of the news page. You should receive an email asking for confirmation; if you didn't, you may want to check your spam settings.  The emails will be sent from


The case information web page allows users to check the status of cases, obtain attorneys' contact information, status call dates, hearing locations, accident dates, parts of body injured, motions, connected cases, and terms of settlements/decisions. You can now search by employee or employer name!  This page is receiving over 200,000 hits each month.

Please use this page instead of calling us for this information: the online information is more readily available to you, and our Information staff will then be free to give time to callers with substantive questions.

Because we update our database at night, the case screen is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is a link on the upper right-hand and left-hand sides of our home page, or you can click here.


Users may search online for an employer's w.c. insurance carrier, thanks to information provided by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.  This page is receiving 25,000 hits each month. There are links in the right- and left-hand columns on our home page, or you may click here


Chicago trial dates are posted roughly one hour after a Chicago status call ends. The online list is the official list of Chicago trial dates that were assigned at the status call.  The arbitrator no longer manually stamps documents at the call.  If you wish to reschedule a trial, please contact the arbitrator to whom the case is assigned. 

Since this change took effect, Commission staff have been instructed to refer callers with questions about trial dates to the website.

5. You may now fill out and print the pdf forms using the Adobe Reader.  You can save them if you buy Adobe Acrobat.
6. Starting with January 2014, we now post Commission-level decisions online.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for the website. It exists to serve you, so tell us how it can be better.

revised 4/22/142; 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























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
Change 1992-2012

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.


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 Nick Velazquez (312/814-6560).

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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