IWCC Issues New Guidance Regarding Permanent Partial Disability Awards

December 16th, 2011 at 4:50 pm


It’s been about half a year since Governor Pat Quinn signed into law new legislation regarding worker’s compensation. The overhaul, according to the Chicago Tribune, was thought to save businesses at least $500 million each year and was met with support on both sides of the political fence. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has been pouring over the new legislation since, and in November “issued new guidance regarding the use of American Medical Association impairment ratings in the determination of permanent partial disability (PDD) awards.”

Governor Pat Quinn signed new worker’s compensation law, June 2011. (Image from Chicago Sun-Times).

The guidance comes after much industry arbitration over the meaning of “partial disability,” and irons out some of the more vague meanings of the term. According to the IWCC:

1. An impairment report is not required to be submitted by the parties with a settlement contract.

2. If an impairment rating is not entered into evidence, the Arbitrator is not precluded from entering a finding of disability.

This means that if a worker is injured or partially disabled on the job, the arbitrator does not have to, under the new amendment, submit PDD ratings immediately. This allows for more flexibility from both the perspective of the worker and the arbitrator, and could, in some cases, leave less room for fraud.

If you or someone you know seeks workers’ compensation for a personal injury obtained on a job site, contact one of the dedicated lawyers at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today. With several years experience and a success-boasting record, we’ll help you navigate the tricky waters of workers’ compensation and receive the benefits you deserve.



Written by Staff Writer

December 16th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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