In June I argued before the Illinois Appellate Court the case of Smart vs. Central Grocers on behalf of a claimant who suffered a workplace injury. I am very happy to report the success of this case as it has widespread ramifications for all my clients and every injured worker in the State.
The employer argued that 2011 legislative changes required an injured worker to have a permanency rating prior to obtaining money for the injury. The cost of the rating in both time and expense was guesstimated to make at least half the claims pending before the Commission non-economic and therefore not worthwhile to pursue.
Many workers earning low wages or who had non-catastrophic injuries would have been deprived of an economic recovery. I am proud that my office was on the forefront of what is possibly the most seminal issue in workers compensation law in the last 30 years. If you know someone that needs a consultation with a workplace injury lawyer, I’m here to help.
Below is the Smart v Central Grocer order from the Appellate Court of Illinois Third District: