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Ankin and DeCarlo Present Case Law Update to ISBA

February 22, 2018

On February 19, 2018, Howard Ankin and Anita DeCarlo of Ankin Law Office presented the Case Law Update at the ISBA’s Workers’ Compensation Update-Spring 2018. To view the program agenda click here.

Their presentation discussed the significant Appellate Court decisions in 2017 that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice. To view the PowerPoint presentation from the session click here.

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association’s primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.

The Association engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law.

The Case Law Update

Some of the Appellate Court decisions presented during the session were:

  1. City of Chicago Heights v. IWCC
    1. Knee injury to a firefighter
  2. Peng v. Nardi
    1. Employee fractures hip in a motor vehicle accident
  3. A&R Janitorial v. Pepper
    1. Janitorial worker injured by falling desk
  4. John Pikor v. IWCC
    1. Employee injured in fall from a 6-foot ladder
  5. Tequila Smith v. IWCC
    1. Forklift driver injured after being hit by another forklift
  6. Jose Cruz v. Bruno’s Tuckpointing
    1. A worker was injured when the 6.5-foot ladder he was on shifted and he fell, injuring his wrists.
  7. Dukich v. IWCC
    1. An employee was injured when she slipped and fell on a wet handicapped ramp on property owned by her employer.
  8. Eddards v. IWCC
    1. An injured person claiming that there was an error in the way the medical bills were awarded requested the commission review the arbitration decision for the case.
  9. Bagwell v. IWCC
    1. The claimant attempted to increase the AWW and wage differential benefits by arguing inclusion of concurrent employment.
  10. Perez v. IWCC
    1. The claimant injured her left knee and her medical bills were paid through her husband’s group health insurance policy.
  11. Prairie Farms Dairy v. IWCC
    1. A man slipped on a wet floor and fell, striking his chest and twisting his right knee while walking backwards into a cooler in an attempt to pull a stack of milk.
  12. Sysco Food Service of Chicago v. IWCC
    1. A truck driver fell out of the back of a truck, landing on and injuring both knees.
  13. Joiner v. IWCC
    1. Attorneys filed a motion to vacate a settlement contract and filed a petition for penalties and fees.
Howard Ankin and Anita DeCarlo

Anita DeCarlo (left) and Howard Ankin (right)

To view the detailed notes regarding each Appellate Court decision click here.

The full-day seminar encouraged attorneys to update their knowledge on a number of important workers’ compensation issues. Along with the Case Law Update, labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending the seminar were given opportunities to review:

  • How orthopedic injuries are diagnosed, evaluated, and treated in workers’ compensation claims;
  • How to avoid ethical dilemmas in your practice;
  • How to present effective oral arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission;
  • Integrating Medicare and Workers’ Compensation Benefits; and
  • How status as an employee or independent contractor can affect employment benefits and liability.

The seminar was presented by the ISBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section. It qualified for 5.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).