Maximum Benefits, Medical, Lost Wages and Penalties Permitted Under Workers' Compensation
An arbitrator ordered that the employer pay the lost wages and medical bills to the fullest extent permitted by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Then, the arbitrator further ordered that the employer pay penalties in the amount of $80,000.00 due to bad faith in defending the case.
- The Case
A Local 502 Union Cement Mason was bull floating concrete and felt tightness in his shoulder. The injury occurred as a result of repetitive bull floating and not from one single incident. The employer ABD Tank and Pump, through its insurance carrier, refused to pay lost wages or medical bills. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates’ filed a workers’ compensation claim on behalf of the cement mason.
- In Depth Look
Subsequently, Mark Weissburg – workers’ compensation attorney and Partner at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates – filed an emergency petition under 19(b) in order to get the matter to hearing. At trial, the employer called three witness. They testified that petitioner wasn’t injured at work and that he worked multiple jobs. They further claimed that the cement mason didn’t notify the employer of the injury in a timely manner. Weissburg proved that in fact Petitioner gave sufficient notice within 45 days and proved that the employer was not prejudiced by any alleged late notice. Mark also sought penalties against the employer for a bad faith refusal to pay benefits.
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