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.
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
Acting Commissioner, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission 2004-2005
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Rules Committee
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
Defense of Workers’ Compensation cases in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Maria Velazquez v. Kimpton Hotel Allegro (21 IWCC 0560 / 19 WC 23398)
Petitioner was employed as a housekeeper and sustained an accident when she slipped and fell cleaning. The Arbitrator found Petitioner to be at MMI after treatment with initial medical provider and able to return to work full duty based upon the initial treating physician’s opinion and the IME doctor’s opinion as well as finding Petitioner lacked credibility at trial. All treatment after the release from the initial medical provider was denied as were TTD benefits and Respondent was found to be entitled to a credit for TTD benefits paid from any future award or settlement.
Jennifer Kollin as widow of Klaus Kollin v. Tim’s Snowplowing, Inc. / Personnel Partners LTD (19 WC 02846)
Decedent passed away from injuries while operating a snow plow. Hennessy & Roach, P.C. represented Personnel Partners LTD through Guard Insurance. The Arbitrator found Decedent was an employee of Tim’s Snowplowing, Inc. (TSI) and that he was not an employee of Personnel Partners, LTD. The arbitrator also found that Personnel Partners LTD was a shell company that existed only for the purposes of helping TSI to attempt to lessen its business costs. TSI was held liable for the payment of death benefits and provided full reimbursement of all payments made by Guard Insurance.
Corian Sardin v. Southwest Airlines (16 WC 13319)
Petitioner, a ramp agent, sustained a compensable accident resulting in two wrist surgeries. He was subsequently placed at MMI by the treating physician and IME physician and returned to work full duty. Petitioner sought additional medical treatment after being deemed to be at MMI including approval for a third wrist surgery including an ulnar shortening osteotomy. Petitioner also sought TTD benefits for the time period. Evidence presented revealed that Petitioner had been driving for Uber and had been acting as an extra in TV shows such as Empire and Chicago PD during the time TTD was alleged. The Arbitrator found Petitioner to be at MMI after the second surgery and able to return to work full duty based upon the initial treating physician’s opinion and the IME doctor’s opinion as well as the evidence proving Petitioner was able to work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2019 Average Weekly Wage Overview
– Presented at Sedgwick
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