St. Louis Magazine Discusses Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.

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Updated OSHA Rules and Impact on Drug Policy

OSHA finds “under recording” is a serious issue in the workplace and is seeking to ensure completeness and accuracy of workplace injuries in all data collected by employers and reported to OSHA. Updated rules for reporting work place injuries and illnesses are scheduled for enforcement beginning November 1, 2016.  Employers and administrators need be aware

Wiedner & McAuliffe Opens Kansas City Office

In order to continue to serve our clients throughout the Midwest, Wiedner & McAuliffe is pleased to announce the opening of our Kansas City, Missouri office. This office will serve the western half of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Kansas City joins W&M’s established practices in Chicago, Rockford, and St. Louis. Our Kansas City office is

C. Zachary Vaughn joins Wiedner & McAuliffe

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Mary Sabatino Receives “40 under 40” Recognition by St. Louis Business Journal

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Mailbox Rule Delivers

Mark Gruszeczka, Appellant v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (Alliance Contractors, Appellee) No. 2013 IL 114212 In Gruszeczka v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Illinois Supreme Court found that the “mailbox rule” applies to appeals of Commission Decisions to the Circuit Court. The rationale:  the filing is a continuation of and not the initiation of proceedings.

Employee Awarded Compensatory and Punitive Damages

Holland v. Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. No. 2013 IL App (5th) 110560 The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed a jury verdict entered in favor of employee Larry Holland against his employer Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. (“Schwan’s”) awarding Holland $660,400 in compensatory and $3.6 million in punitive damages for retaliatory discharge.  In this article, we

Carrier Not Permitted to Appeal IWCC Award

QBE Insurance Company v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission No. 2013 IL App (5th) 120336WC When QBE Insurance learned of an Arbitrator’s decision awarding compensation to Ronald Voges for a date of accident of October 14, 2010, it immediatelyfiled a review.  Unfortunately, QBE Insurance was not a party named on the Application for Adjustment of Claim

Reaching Injury Found Compensable

Autumn Accolade v. IWCC No. 2013 IL App (3d) 120588WC Petitioner Joan Shannon was employed as a caregiver at an assisted-care facility operated by Respondent, Autumn Accolade.  While assisting a female resident with a shower, she felt it necessary to remove a soap dish located under the shower head so that the resident would not

Intervening Work Injury; Separate Permanency Awards

National Freight Industries v. IWCC No. 2013 IL App (5th) 120043WC Andrew Smith worked as a driver for Fischer Lumber on November 6, 2006 when he injured his low back pulling boxes off a truck.  Smith reported right-sided symptoms; an MRI revealed a right-sided disc herniation at L3-L4 and a left-sided disc protrusion at L4-5.