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James Kendzior
Hennessy & Roach
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois – Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2003
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois 2012

Professional Affiliations:

  • The Chicago Bar Association

Practice Areas:

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims and General Liability claims in Illinois

Significant Arbitration/Commission Decisions

1. Brewer, Patricia v. Oracle Corp (07 WC 50828)

The Petitioner alleged she sustained a pulmonary embolism as the result of frequent airplane travel for her employer. The Petitioner’s treating physicians opined that her frequent airplane travel may have increased her risk of developing a thromboembolism. The Petitioner was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism of an unknown origin. Furthermore, a physician who performed a records review opined that there was no evidence in the record to causally relate the Petitioner’s embolism with her air travel. At trial, the Petitioner stated that she traveled 100% of the time for her job. However, on cross, she stated that she only travels on an airplane twice a week for a total of two, three hour flights. The arbitrator denied compensation, and held that the Petitioner’s embolism did not prove that her embolism arose out of her employment or was causally related to air travel. A petition for review was filed by the Petitioner and the case was argued in front of a panel of commissioners. The Commission affirmed the arbitrator’s decision that the Petitioner failed to prove the she was at an increased risk for developing a pulmonary thromboembolism and that her embolism was causally related to her alleged frequent air travel.

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