Here are Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission decisions related to employee spinal injuries. If you suffered an injury to your back or neck in a work related incident, we invite you to review the decisions below. For additional information about this cases or to discuss your case with a lawyer, contact our office for a free case review.
2015; Will County; 15 I.W.C.C. 0468:
Here, a 49-year-old carpenter was working with another employee building a scaffold. The task required him to lift a pan almost 50 pounds and pass it to his coworker. This injured him greatly when he attempted to complete it. His shoulder and spine were seriously damaged. After undergoing an MRI, doctors informed him that he had spondylosis and bulging discs from C3-C7 along his spine. At the time of the commission’s decision, surgery was still being considered but they had already performed spinal injection therapy and initiated rehabilitative care. The commission found that he had temporary and permanent total disabilities and awarded him the following amounts:
- $1,243.000/week for 73.72 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $1,243.000/week for life for permanent and total disability benefits.
- $1,243.00/week for 89.29 weeks for maintenance benefits.
- $19,284.23 for medical expenses.
2014; Cook County; 14 I.W.C.C. 0865:
This dispute involved a 41-year-old assembly worker at Ford Motor Company. He worked at Ford for over 15 years prior to the incident at the center of this controversy. Specifically, he was a member of the rear-suspension group. This required him to work nearly all day on his feet moving objects into and out of new cars. One day at work, he felt pain in his back so his managers sent him home for the weekend. When he returned the following Monday, he could not bend over, twist, or even stand that much. Doctors confirmed that he had a herniated disc at the L4-5 region of his spine. The worker contended this was a result of his employment and brought a workers’ compensation claim with the Illinois Commission. In addition to medical benefits, the man received the following for his permanent and temporary disabilities:
- $746.67 per week for 79-1/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $664.72 per week for 125 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 25% loss of his person as a whole.
2011; LaSalle County; 99 I.W.C.C. 04765:
A 41-year-old male was severely injured in an accident at the manufacturing plant he worked at. Despite five spinal surgeries, they could not completely resolve many of the issues that arose in the workplace accident. However, he could still work at a reduced level and his employer claimed that his pre-existing conditions (obesity, hypertension, etc.) were the cause to blame for his problems. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission still awarded him benefits for medical costs, temporary disability, and permanent disability according to the following breakdown:
- $425.11 per week for 343-6/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $382.60 per week for 160 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 32% loss of function in the affected area.
- $14.303.72 for medical expenses.
2013; Cook County; 13 I.W.C.C. 0553:
The employee involved in this incident was a construction worker employed by a sub-contractor in the development of a home. While on the roof on a cold, winter day he slipped and fell off the two-story house. He suffered a spinal fracture and required immediate care. Doctors performed emergency surgery and elected to perform fusion surgery. Eventually, the employee brought a workers’ compensation claim for permanent and temporary disability benefits (his employer had already take care of his medical bills). The Illinois Workers’ Compensation commission awarded him the following:
- $449.19 per week for 15 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $404.28 per week for 150 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 30% loss of function in the affected area.
2013; Winnebago County; 08 I.W.C.C. 15977:
A 40-year-old male electrician climbed up a ladder to do some work when it got caught in some wiring and plunged to the ground. Unfortunately, the man was stuck on the ladder and landed on his back. He suffered a back strain as well as a herniated disc. However, the electrician waited one full day to seek treatment for these injuries despite telling his boss what had happened. Additionally, later investigation proved that he had significant pre-existing back and spine problems. Finally, the man showed no difficulty in returning to work not long after the incident occurred. Regardless, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission granted him the following award:
- $480 per week for 37- 1/2 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 7.5% loss of function in the affected area.
- $14,590.36 for medical expenses.