Heyl Royster

 


Heyl Royster

 

Firm Workers' Compensation Activities and Victories

4/4/16

To be more successful in defending your claims and working with you to improve your workplace culture, the attorneys at Heyl Royster are actively engaged in leadership roles, research and writing on complex and pressing issues, and educating the workers' compensation bar. Over the past year, several of our workers' compensation lawyers have played significant leadership roles in various organizations devoted to workers' compensation. Brad Ingram is the President of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. Joe Guyette is a Member of the ISBA Workers' Compensation Section Council. Through their involvement, Heyl Royster remains at the forefront of national and statewide workers' compensation trends and legislation.

We are contributing to the legal authority in Illinois workers' compensation. Bruce Bonds and Kevin Luther continue to update their comprehensive legal treatise on Illinois workers' compensation. Brad Elward authored two chapters for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on Workers' Compensation Appeals and Workers' Compensation Procedure and Review. Along with Dana Hughes, Elward also published an article discussing the enforcement of Commission awards in the Circuit Court and the applicable interest rate due on awards in Southern Illinois University's Law Review. Brad Peterson and Jessica Bell contributed to the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel's Quarterly publication.

In addition to writing, we were asked to educate our peers and clients in various forums. Joe Guyette and Brad Peterson presented at the ISBA's Workers' Compensation Section Council's Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar. John Flodstrom presented on general workers' compensation issues to the Illinois Association of Electric Cooperatives. Jessica Bell and Dana Hughes discussed unique claims handling issues for the trucking industry at the Midwest Truckers' Association Annual Truck Show. Craig Young, Jim Manning, Bruce Bonds, Kevin Luther, Brad Elward and Brad Peterson also spoke at governmental workers' compensation programs presented to various local governmental entities in Springfield and Naperville.

Brad Elward presented a talk on workers' compensation appeals for a group of attorneys and adjusters at a Sterling Educational Services seminar and spoke on Social Security Disability effects in workers' compensation at a National Business Institute event. Vince Boyle and Joe Guyette spoke at the Sterling Educational Services seminar, speaking on settlement and return to work issues and injuries while working at home, respectively. Joe Guyette also spoke at the ISBA Annual Workers' Compensation seminar on the compensability of psychological injuries.

This past year also saw many successes at trial and we wanted to share just a select few of those results. In a very difficult claim involving a quadriplegic, John Flodstrom successfully defeated the claimant's request for an additional $430,000 for services and home modifications in addition to stipulated permanent total disability benefits. The arbitrator agreed with John that additional services were worth $145,000. Vince Boyle prevailedin a disputed chemical exposure claim and also defeated a claim involving an excavator by proving that the claimant was an independent contractor. Brad Antonacci defeated a claimant's request for permanent total disability benefits at trial in favor of a 15 percent loss of use of the person. Brett Siegel successfully defended a claim involving an altercation between the claimant and a third party. There, the arbitrator awarded initial medical treatment, but denied claimant's request for TTD, additional medical benefits and permanency.