A few weeks ago, Levinson and Stefani associate attorney Brett Manchel argued in front of the First District Appellate Court of Illinois on behalf of one of our clients. We’re pleased to announce that Brett has won the appeal and the case is headed back to the Circuit Court for further hearings.
The Appellate Court hearing stems from a workers compensation case in which our client, a CTA employee, injured her ankle while on the job. The injury required surgery and she missed work. The workers compensation commission ruled in favor of our client, awarding her a sum that covered all medical bills, time off from work, as well as future physical therapy sessions to rehab her ankle.
On appeal, the Circuit Court judge questioned the commission’s decision and sent the case back with suggestions. The commission agreed with the judge’s findings and returned a much smaller award for our client, which prompted us to bring the case back before the Circuit Court. The judge agreed with his original ruling and the commission’s decision. We brought the case before the Appellate Court where it was fully briefed and argued.
The Appellate Court ruled that the Circuit Court’s findings needed further consideration, sending the case back to the Circuit Court to be reheard. We’re currently waiting on a date for that hearing.
Congratulations to Brett for all his work on this case and for winning the appeal.