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Natalie Bagley
Hennessy & Roach
Chicago
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Natalie R. Bagley is a partner in Hennessy & Roach’s Workers’ Compensation Department.  Prior to joining Hennessy & Roach in 2000, Ms. Bagley worked as the staff director of an Illinois State Senate campaign. She attended the University Of Illinois College Of Law and received her J.D. in 1999.  She also received her M.A. from the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations in 1999.  Ms. Bagley performs work on several client teams including Southwest Airlines, Yellow Roadway Corporation, Addus Health Care, Ryder Services and AT&T.

 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts – Speech Communication (Spanish minor) 1996, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Juris Doctor 1999, University of Illinois College of Law

Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations 1999, University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations

Master Thesis: “English-Only Rules in the Workplace: Their Effect on Title VII and the Globalization of the Marketplace”

Admitted to Practice in Illinois 2000

 

Appointments:

Acting Commissioner, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission 2004-2005

 

Committees:

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Rules Committee

 

 

Professional Affiliations:

Member of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association – Board Member

Member of the Chicago Bar Association

Member of the Illinois Hispanic Bar Association

Member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

Practice Areas:

Defense of Workers’ Compensation cases in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

 

Significant Decisions:

 

  1. Edmundo Ortiz v. Start Sampling (11 WC 17574; 13 IWCC 0767)

Petitioner brought forth a claim alleging that he sustained injuries while working in a warehouse loading pallets. The Arbitrator denied compensation, finding that Petitioner did not sustain an accident. The Arbitrator also found that Petitioner was not a credible witness and found that Respondent’s five witnesses were credible. The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator.

 

  1. Raul Cordova v. Ryder (07 WC 941; 07 WC 942; 12 IWCC 1407)

Petitioner, a service island attendant, brought forth a claim alleging that he sustained injuries to his right shoulder, arm, and cervical spine. The Arbitrator found that Petitioner’s right shoulder, arm, and cervical spine conditions were not related to the accident and denied surgery. The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator.

 

  1. James Keehn v. USF Holland (07 WC 010192; 11 IWCC 394; MR 224; 2-11-1099WC)

Petitioner, an over the road truck driver, brought forth a claim alleging that he sustained repetitive trauma injuries while driving a truck. The Arbitrator denied compensation, finding that Petitioner did not sustain an accident and that his need for a total knee replacement was degenerative in nature.  The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator, the Circuit Court confirmed the decision, and the Appellate Court affirmed the decision.

 

  1. Michael Blackwell v. Southwest Airlines (11 WC 26158)

Petitioner, an aircraft appearance technician, claimed to have injured his Achilles tendon while cleaning an aircraft.  Evidence presented revealed that Petitioner injured his Achilles tendon while playing basketball outside of work after his shift.  The Arbitrator denied compensation, finding that Petitioner was not credible.

 

  1. Shareeda Cooley v. MB Financial Bank (1-10-1667WC)

Petitioner, a customer service representative, fell on stairs in the bank teller area.  The Commission found that Petitioner sustained an unexplained fall and failed to prove that she was at a greater risk.  The Circuit Court confirmed and the Appellate Court affirmed the Commission’s Decision denying benefits.

 

  1. Peter Rivera v. Country Financial (08 WC 28474; 10 IWCC 0238)

Petitioner, an insurance representative, was a traveling employee who sustained injuries while engaged in horseplay after leaving a tavern after 1:00 a.m. with co-workers.  The Arbitrator denied compensation, finding that Petitioner’s conduct was not reasonable or foreseeable.  The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator.

 

  1. Claudia Rivera v. Culligan (05 WC 54220; 06 WC 42155; 08 IWCC 0966; 08 IWCC 0967; 2008-L-050953)

Petitioner brought forth a claim alleging that she sustained repetitive trauma injuries to her upper extremities.  The Arbitrator found all of the injuries to be compensable and awarded benefits.  On review, the Commission found that only the right distal FCR tendinitis was related to Petitioner’s work activities and that Petitioner failed to establish that she suffered any work related injuries to her left wrist / hand.  The Commission found that Petitioner did not establish PPD benefits were owed.  The Circuit Court confirmed the Commission Decision.

  1. Mary Drinkwater v. Southwest Airlines (06 WC 46608; 07 WC 00325; 08 WC 17413; 09 IWCC 1033)

Petitioner, an aircraft appearance technician, brought forth a claim alleging that she sustained repetitive trauma injuries to her upper extremities due to cleaning the inside of aircrafts.  The Arbitrator found that Petitioner did not meet her burden of proof and that her injuries were not causally related to her job duties.  On review, the Commission found that Petitioner met her burden of proof regarding specific trauma incidents to her right and left wrists resulting in strains as well as right lateral epicondylitis and DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis.  The Commission found that Petitioner did not establish TTD or PPD benefits were owed.

 

  1. Jimmy Dooley v Rock Island Integrated Services (06 WC 39489; 08 IWCC 0754)

Petitioner, a bridge groundsman, brought forth a claim alleging that he sustained post-traumatic stress disorder after viewing an accident on the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge.  The Arbitrator denied compensation, finding that Petitioner did not sustain a compensable mental-mental injury caused by sudden severe emotional shock.  The Arbitrator also found that the Petitioner was not a credible witness.  The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator.

 

  1. Loreen Mitchell v. Addus Health Care (06 WC 52046; 08 IWCC 0671)

Petitioner, a home health care aide, brought forth a claim alleging repetitive trauma injuries due to her job activities.  The Arbitrator denied compensation as he found that Petitioner’s job duties did not cause or contribute to her current condition of ill-being.  The Arbitrator relied upon Respondent’s IME physician and the detailed job activity testimony.  The Commission affirmed and adopted the decision of the Arbitrator.

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

May 16, 2013              Determining PPD Under Section 8.1b – AMA Impairment Ratings

– Presented at Illinois WC webinar with Woodlake Medical

 

March 12, 2013           AMA ratings and cost effective use to lower PPD awards

– Presented at Illinois Workers’ Comp Forum

 

March 20, 2012           Utilization Review and Medical Cost Containment

– Presented at Illinois Workers’ Comp Forum

 

March 11, 2010           Mock Trial Seminar / Appellate Court Case Update

– Presented at Accelerated Rehabilitation Event for employers,                                                        claims adjusters, and medical professionals

 

February 18, 2009       Mock Trial / IME Seminar

– Presented at ATI Physical Therapy nurse case manager seminar

 

January 12, 2009         Accident Investigation within First 48 Hours and Trial Techniques

– Presented at Southwest Airlines

 

July 27, 2008               Accident Investigation & Recorded Statements

– Presented at Southwest Airlines / Cambridge

 

July 26, 2007               Mock Trial/Trial Techniques/Accident Investigation & Recorded Statements

– Presented at ESIS Seminar

 

April 11, 2006             Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Its Effect on the Handling of Cases

– Medical fee schedule and utilization review

– Presented at Minneapolis Adjusters Seminar

 

May 11, 2006              Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Its Effect on the   Handling of Cases

– Substantive changes and penalties & fees provisions

– Presented at Indianapolis Adjusters Seminar

 

February 20, 2006       Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Its Effect on the Handling of Cases

– Substantive changes and penalties & fees provisions

– Presented at Gallagher Bassett/Yellow Freight Seminar

 

July 17, 2005              Overview of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act 

Presented at Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Owners Meeting in Spanish and English

 

June 25, 2002              Mock Trial/Trial Techniques/Accident Investigation and Recorded Statements

– Presented at OSI Risk Management Conference

 

January 24, 2002         Overview of Section 10 and the Calculation of Average Weekly Wage

– Presented to Kemper Insurance claims staff

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