“They had contracts to provide content or services, did that, and weren’t paid.”
– Joshua File, Katz Friedman Attorney
This week Katz Friedman Law office filed a lawsuit for a group of 38 Ebony magazine freelancers in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work.
The Illinois workplace injuries you suffer are not always physical ones. For one firefighter seeking workers’ compensation benefits, his injury was post-traumatic stress after a fellow firefighter died battling a blaze. Even though the firefighter did not actually see his colleague die and was not involved in trying to rescue or resuscitate him, the overall facts of the case still indicated that he suffered a “severe emotional shock” and was entitled to benefits, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled.
The claimant was a man who began working as a firefighter in 1986. In 2010, he was a lieutenant in a small department for the Village of Homewood. The man was in command at a fire in Homewood in March 2010 when a flashover occurred and one of Homewood’s firefighters died in the blaze.
After the incident, the Homewood fire chief told the lieutenant that he could not return to work until he was cleared by a psychiatrist. By May, the lieutenant had seen a doctor, who diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder. The lieutenant returned to work in the fall of 2010.
United Airlines (UAL) employees are talking and social media chat rooms are buzzing about the potential change in workers’ compensation administrators. For about 20 years Gallagher Bassett has been administrating the claims for benefits due to occupational injuries also known as “occupationals”, “OJI” or workers’ compensation injuries. Typically, an administrator provides claims adjustment services that include the investigation and processing of injury claims and payment of weekly workers’ compensation income benefits known as temporary total disability (TTD) and authorization for medical procedures and payment of medical bills. The administrator may also, at times, negotiate settlements after the injured worker has been released from doctor’s care.
There does not appear to have been a formal notice or press release confirming that United Airlines is replacing Gallagher Bassett. There has been speculation that this may occur October 1, 2017 and that the new claims administrator will be Sedgwick Claims Management Services.
Helpful Advice for the Injured Worker
Philip A. Bareck recently had his Industrial Commission Decision Ludwig v. Caterpillar, which awarded significant medical and disability benefits following a chemical exposure (which Caterpillar disputed), published in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Bulletin, volume 22, issue 5 – April 30, 2014
Katz Friedman has lead a team of lawyers from the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA) in a toy drive that delivered 250 presents to children in need. Presents were collected and wrapped at the office. The firm was pleased to help out.
Philip Bareck received two recent decisions. In a Mitsubishi case, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission significantly increased the award and included benefits for the disputed knee replacement including future medical treatment. In a Caterpillar case, the arbitrator awarded three times more than Caterpillar’s final settlement offer, which was seven times higher than Caterpillar’s impairment rating – this is one of the first post-September 1, 2011 decisions pertaining to a knee surgery under the new statute.
Katz Friedman recently won three important cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. These cases involved injuries which took place after the changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act in 2011, specifically the provisions changing the definition of permanent partial disability and the inclusion of American Medical Association Impairment Ratings. In all three cases against Caterpillar, our firm was able to obtain awards from the judge well in excess of the settlement offers and ensuring the workers would have lifetime medical benefits for their injuries.
Attorney Frank J. Bertuca (left) recently won a landmark case in front of the IL Appellate Court for our union baggage handler who was employed at United Airlines. The Illinois Appellate Court unanimously reversed the circuit court and ruled that our client was entitled to a weekly differential check as a result of his work accident. The case summary was published in the July 17, 2013 edition of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Bulletin. United Airlines Inc. v. (Young), Ill. App. Ct., 1st 2013.”