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Quinn Appoints New Worker’s Compensation Arbitrators

February 16th, 2012 at 4:16 am

Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointment of three more worker’s compensation arbitrators late in January, according to a press release by the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission. Both William Gallagher, and Douglas McCarthy, who both have 35 years of experience as an attorney concentrating on worker’s compensation, have been appointed to terms expiring in July 2013. Brandon Zanotti has been appointed to a term expiring in July of this year. Each will first complete a training process and then will be assigned to their territories.

This is important for anyone interested in filing a worker’s compensation suit, because any suit brought before the IWCC could be settled by one of these arbitrators out of court. Many companies would prefer to settle such disputes out of court, not only to reduce costs but also to avoid bad publicity. If you settle out of court with your insurance company—or employer—you agree to an amount that cannot be changed and waive your right to trial. This could also mean you waive your right to future medical coverage. This doesn’t mean, however, that settling out of court with an arbitrator means you can’t negotiate a fair offer.

To negotiate a fair offer in a worker’s compensation suit, in or out of court, contact one of our dedicated Illinois worker’s compensation lawyer’s today. With years of experience and a proven track record, the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can help you get the settlement you deserve.

 

Photo courtesy of Salvatore Vuono

 

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