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Healthcare Podcast Recap: Several recent healthcare professional and consultant interviews!

In case you missed them, below are several recent Internet radio podcast interviews featuring a variety of healthcare professionals with relationships and connections to the Chicago-based team of Illinois Licensing Professional Consultants.

From first seeking a professional healthcare license, to managing exposure and liability in complex health systems, the individuals featured in this series, have the answers and advice you may need to protect your career interests. Brought to you by the Chicago health law, licensing and litigation firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. (773) 631-4580

Simply click on the titles to listen to these podcasts anytime!

  1. Workers Compensation: Independent medical examinations with Anna Lozoya
  • Introducing Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates
  • Describe the independent medical examination (IME) process in workers compensation
  • My expertise in reading medical records and IME reports, independently
  • The importance and value of an objective third party observer
  • The benefits of having a nurse advocate in the exam room during an IME

Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, works for the firm, on independent medical examination (IME) matters in workers compensation cases. Anna leverages her experience reading medical records and IME reports to help the firm maximize its results for workers compensation plaintiffs. Anna is an attorney and a registered nurse in the State of Illinois and works with a variety of health related legal matters including personal injury, medical malpractice, and regulatory matters with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition, Anna is experienced in real estate law and is bi-lingual Spanish speaker. Anna earned her law degree from the DePaul University where she focused in health law and regulation.

  1. Nursing homes: Compliance with Federal and State Regulations with Carol Prosapio, RN
  • Making informed decisions when choosing a nursing home, do your research
  • Examining compliance requirements and how nursing homes strive for compliance
  • Increasing nursing home staff to provide increased resident care requirements
  • Resources for risk analysis, root cause, analysis regarding pressure ulcers
  • Pain management, fall prevention, infections, personal hygiene and activities

Carol Prosapio is an accomplished registered nurse with 36 years experience. She served the State of Illinois, the last 11 years, working as a long-term care surveyor. A Health Facilities Surveillance Nurse, for the Illinois Department of Public Health, Carol inspected long-term care facilities to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. She investigated allegations of abuse, neglect, improper nursing care and misuse of resident funds. Additionally, Carol reviewed records, laws, and procedures, investigating and surveying legal and policy compliance. Carol is an alumnus of Moraine Valley Community College, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lewis University.

  1. Criminal Healthcare Fraud and Defense with Attorney Anthony Schumann
  • Introducing Anthony Schumann, tell us about your law practice
  • Sources of criminal healthcare law, state and federal
  • Enforcement areas: home health, kickbacks, mental health, drug diversion, etc.
  • What to expect during investigations and when to obtain legal defense counsel
  • Professional licensing concerns in connection with dispositions of cases
  • What to expect in defending criminal healthcare fraud charges

Anthony L. Schumann is a partner in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Schumann has participated in over 150 civil and criminal trials and evidentiary hearings.  He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, government liability, and white collar criminal defense.  He has extensive experience representing corporate, governmental and individual clients in state and federal courts and during all stages of investigation and throughout the litigation process.  Mr. Schumann has extensive experience assisting companies with internal investigations and in handling compliance issues.  He has attained an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest professional rating awarded for legal ability and ethical standards; and he is also included in the listings of Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer.

  1. Medical experts in court and evidence based medicine with Dr. James Harlan
  • What does it take to be a medical expert?
  • What should attorneys be looking for in a medical expert?
  • Daubert vs Frye rulings: some states have different burdens to prove opinions for medical experts
  • Evidence based medicine, what makes a good study beyond a mere claim
  • About INSPE and what we do for the attorney and the expert

James Harlan, MD, FACEP, Received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Evansville and his MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed residency at the Resurrection Emergency Medicine Program in 2009 and has been practicing emergency medicine since. Currently, he practices at Northshore University Healthsystem. He joined INSPE in 2012 and is currently focused on the growth of the company. Recently, he has volunteered his time teaching emergency medicine residents and medical students. He has also given his time to ICEP for board review courses. His free time is spent with family.

 

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MICHAEL V. FAVIA AND ASSOCIATES WELCOMES ANNA LOZOYA, JD, RN, OF COUNSEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Health Law and Litigation Attorney, Michael V. Favia Welcomes Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to the Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. to Work on Health Related Matters.

099CHICAGO – Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Health law and litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia, announces that this spring, Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, joined Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. as an of counsel attorney to work on health related matters including personal injuries, medical malpractice , IDFPR, and Illinois Department of Health matters.  She is also is bi-lingual and has extensive experience in real estate law.

Lozoya attended the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. Lozoya graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law in 2012. During her tenure in law school, she was a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic and a staff writer of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. Lozoya continues to work as nurse in critical care in Chicago.

Lozoya currently holds the position of secretary of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois; Region IX Deputy President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA); and co-chairs the Bar Organization Outreach Committee and the Health Law Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Lozoya offered comments to questions about her new position, of counsel, to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C.:

How does your of counsel position with Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C., complement your existing legal practice in health law, litigation and professional licensing? “As of counsel of Micheal Favia’s firm, I am afforded the opportunity to utilize my skill set as an attorney and nurse. Mike’s practice encompasses more than just medical malpractice. The Favia name is synonymous effect and diligent legal representation. The of counsel position will expand my civil practice into other areas of contract law such as health care and physician agreements. I currently provide nurse-consulting services, which includes but is not limited to medical record analysis, chronologies, and summaries. I will provide these services for the law firm on any and all cases that require an expert’s opinion.”

What unique perspectives to you bring to the firm? “Before becoming a nurse and an attorney, I was an auditor for a CPA in Miami. That position not only taught me to be thorough but required meticulous review of financial data and documents. This skill has transferred into all aspects of my life. During representation and consulting of clients, it is the recognition and discovery of minute distinctions that have yielded favorable results for my clients. I also have an extensive sales background, which instilled considerable listening skills; this set of skills serves as the bedrock of building and maintaining all of my client-attorney relationships. The majority of my current legal practice is in real estate which has refined my negotiation technique.”

What would you like future clients and colleagues to know about you? “I am a lover of knowledge and challenges. I look forward to collaborating with Mike and his associates. I continue to have the privilege of healing and assisting Chicago’s sick. I currently work as a Registered Nurse in the areas of: medical-surgical; telemetry; ambulatory surgery; medical intensive care unit (MICU); coronary care unit (CCU); and post anesthesia care unit (PACU). l enjoy a good laugh, a delicious slice of cheese pizza, and a brisk jog on Lake Michigan.”

Lozoya was recently featured in the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants podcast interview, explaining how she works of counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. in connection with workers compensation cases and other related health law and litigation matters. PODCAST: Workers Compensation: Independent medical examinations with Anna Lozoya.

To learn more about, or to speak to Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C., please contact the firm at (773) 631-4580.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please call (773) 631-4580, visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

PODCAST: Workers Compensation: Independent medical examinations with Anna Lozoya

The licensing consultants interviewed in this monthly program, previously worked for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and will represent and/or defend licensed professionals in cases involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Illinois Department of Public Aid and Illinois Department of Public Health.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview – Click/tap here to listen anytime! 

  • Introducing Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates;
  • Describe the independent medical examination (IME) process in workers compensation;
  • My expertise in reading medical records and IME reports, independently;
  • The importance and value of an objective third party observer;
  • The benefits of having a nurse advocate in the exam room during an IME.

Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, works for the firm, on independent medical examination (IME) matters in workers compensation cases. Anna leverages her experience reading medical records and IME reports to help the firm maximize its results for workers compensation plaintiffs. Anna is an attorney and a registered nurse in the State of Illinois and works with a variety of health related legal matters including personal injury, medical malpractice, and regulatory matters with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition, Anna is experienced in real estate law and is bi-lingual Spanish speaker. Anna earned her law degree from the DePaul University where she focused in health law and regulation.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to advise and represent health care professionals and the general Chicagoland community with a variety of legal issues. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburbs, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion.

For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You may also connect with Attorney Michael V. Favia on LinkedIn and on Avvo.com where you may also read client endorsements and reviews.

Injured at work? Illinois workers’ compensation law and benefits

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Michael V. Favia & Associates have helped clients obtain the best possible results in Illinois workers’ compensation cases.

A recent news article highlighted a legal opinion concerning the availability of death benefits under workers compensation laws for the spouse of an employee who dies after suffering a heart attack after engaging in physical labor at work.[i] With several factors contributing to heart conditions, courts must apply the facts to the law and determine whether an event such as a heart attack meets the criteria for workers’ compensation benefits. In most instances, workers’ compensation benefits are paid for actual injuries that are caused, in whole or in part, by the employee’s work.  Workers may also be compensated for aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Injuries are accidental if they happen unexpectedly, without plan or design.  This includes injuries brought on by the repetitive use of a part of the body, as well as strokes, heart attacks or any other physical problem caused by work.[ii]

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

Most employees employed in the State of Illinois are covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act[iii] ( the “Act”) when they begin employment. Independent contractors, for example, might not be considered employees for purposes of coverage by the Act. If an employee is injured, in whole or in part, from the employee’s work, that employee (or spouse in the event of death) may apply to receive worker’s compensation benefits. The categories of benefits available to eligible employees include medical care; temporary and permanent partial and full disability; vocational rehabilitation and maintenance; and death benefits for surviving family members.

Employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if their injury is a result of work. In the instance of a person suffering a heart attack, it must be proven that the heart attack was partially or wholly caused by the activities performed at their workplace. The cause of a heart attack can be difficult to identify, especially if there are other factors, such as a known heart condition. In the event a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is denied, the applicant has the option of appealing the denial and making their case before an administrative law judge of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”), the state agency that administers the judicial process of resolving disputed benefit claims.

Employees should be aware of their rights under the law and what to do if they are injured at work.

State law requires employers to post legal notices for employees, identifying important workplace laws, including workers’ compensation. The law required employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance or to self-insure when they receive permission to do so from the Commission. The law also protects employees from retaliatory termination as a result of their making an application for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the employer may have a right to change the nature of an employee’s work after an injury. In the case of the individual with a nonfatal heart attack, the employer may reconsider workplace conditions to prevent another heart attack or further injury.

Workplace injuries should be reported to the employer as soon as they are able. Injuries must be reported within 45 days of the event causing injury and within 90 days for injuries sustained in connection with excessive radiation exposure. It is important to notify the employer quickly because a delay could lead to a denial of coverage, especially when time passes and the cause of the employee’s injury may become less clear. In the event a claim for workers’ compensation is denied, the applicant may appeal the denial and proceed in the administrative judicial system.

Michael V. Favia and Associates - Chicago

John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1982; Loyola University, BBA 1978; Assistant Illinois Attorney General; Counsel to the City of Chicago; Former Chief of Medical and Health Related Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, directed the statewide enforcement of the Illinois Medical Practice Act and numerous other regulatory and licensure statutes. Selected by peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of Health Law.

The administrative legal process can be complicated and it is smart to use experienced legal counsel.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia and the associate attorneys of Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represent injured workers in the process of applying for and when necessary, litigating workers’ compensation matters before the administrative law judges at the Commission. The workers’ compensation page on the firm’s website has more helpful information.   

With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

[i] The National Law Review, Worker’s Comp: Is Fatal Heart Attack Following Work Exertion Compensable? By Joanna Vilos, Jan. 7, 2016.

[ii] Favia Law Firm, About Workers Compensation in Illinois.

[iii] The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, 820 ILCS 305/1 et seq.

Examples of personal injury, workers compensation and medical malpractice cases

In this article we focus on the details of personal injury practice.

In this article we focus on the details of personal injury practice.

When someone we know is injured and it was not their fault, we often think of hiring a lawyer to get things put back in place where they were before and be compensated for pain and suffering. There are several elements that make up an individual’s damages when they are injured. Proving injuries and damages may be a complex task best suited for an experienced personal injury attorney. When most non-lawyers are asked for a referral to an attorney, they might first think of anyone they know in the practice of law. Others might know several lawyers and appreciate they work in a variety of practice areas. To avoid confusion and help people know what it really means to practice a certain area of law, it makes sense to offer some details and examples of the type of cases an attorney may manage. In this article we focus on the details of personal injury practice.

Types of personal injuries and several sources of their possible causes

Children’s injuries are often accidents resulting from curiosity and inexperience as well as every other danger present in their world. A child riding a bike might inadvertently cross the path of a car backing from a driveway or passing on a roadway. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are common among children and adults. When a minor child causes an accident, parents may also be liable for damages to the injured person. Another injury to children might be a dog bite. Children might be curious around dogs and put themselves into situations where a dog is inadvertently provoked or scared and bites the child causing injury involving a hospital visit, shots and potential scarring.

Neck, back and spinal cord injuries are common in automobile and motorcycle accidents. In rear-end collisions the person hit by another car, for example, may be shaken and have minor surface injuries. When there are no broken bones most people assume they are just shaken and upset. The next day or two can involve whiplash symptoms and pain in the neck or back. A chiropractor may take x-rays to treat neck and back injuries. It can take some time for an injured person to return to normal, if at all. Many times an injured motorist seeks treatment with the chiropractor or a physical therapist to conclusion before the law firm seeks to settle with the insurance company of the person at fault for the accident.

Bone fractures, dislocations and amputations can result from a product that fails and causes injury due to its defective design, construction or use. If a camping stove, for example, somehow explodes causing injury to the user, there could be a human operator error problem as well as a design or construction defect. In many cases, the manufacturer of a faulty or dangerous product is strictly liable for injuries suffered by users. Damages that plaintiffs receive can compensate them for their actual expenses and hospital bills as well as pain and suffering; a plaintiff might recover additional damages in certain circumstances. Product defect and liability cases can also result in manufacturers placing warning labels and notifying users of potentially dangerous conditions. These lawsuits are complex and take considerable time but may lead to important outcomes.

Chemical and burn injuries can happen around construction and industrial work and accidents. The injuries sustained around worksites can be an employee’s fault as well as that of management, in the event they failed to keep workers safe from known dangers or failed to properly train or warn workers. When personal injuries happen on the job a worker’s compensation case may be filed with the employee’s workers compensation insurer. The injuries resulting from chemical burns can be permanent and the employee may be compensated for the permanence of their injuries.

Brain damage and neurological injuries are possible in slip, fall and trip cases, occurring at home or at a place of business or in public. If a grocery store patron slips and falls due to the store management’s failure to clean or warn of a slippery or dangerous floor, the shopper could suffer a concussion from hitting their head on a display case during a fall. Traumatic brain injuries can are complex and their care and treatment can take considerable time and effort. The long-term effects of neurological injuries and issues are currently active areas of study and as more information is learned about long-term effects, the better personal injury lawyers are able to represent their clients in working with insurance companies involved in settling or litigating slip, fall and trip cases.

Wrongful death is an injury that cannot be healed, only compensated. The compensation involved is often paid to the decedent’s estate and might need to cover the cost of burial and medical bills incurred in trying to save the individual’s life. A wrongful death lawsuit might involve a lawsuit for medical or hospital malpractice or mistake. Malpractice cases are unique compared to other personal injury cases. Sometimes during the routine care of a patient, there is a death. Not all deaths are due to a doctor or hospital’s wrong conduct. However, when the level of care falls below certain standards, the insurance company may settle with the family of the deceased.  There are values to all types of injuries and losses.

The law firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates works with injured clients in traditional personal injury cases, worker’s compensation cases, malpractice cases in all the scenarios described in this article. With a vast healthcare professional network of doctors and experts, Favia and his team can help Chicago area individuals and their families recover from injuries and get back to daily life.

Michael V. Favia & Associates’ offices are conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.FaviaLawFirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

Workers’ compensation and healthcare employees with Anita DeCarlo

Anita M. DeCarlo is a workers’ compensation attorney, associated with the Chicago health law and litigation firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, and the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants.

Anita M. DeCarlo is a workers’ compensation attorney, associated with the Chicago health law and litigation firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, and the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants.

The Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants is a group of highly experienced attorneys and investigators who previously worked for the I.D.P.R. will represent and/or defend licensed professionals in cases involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Illinois Department of Public Aid and Illinois Department of Public Health. In this monthly podcast series our attorneys and consultants will share news, tips and resources.

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Topics covered in this 30 minute Internet radio podcast:

  • Introducing Anita DeCarlo;
  • How workers’ compensation law works in Illinois, generally;
  • Some common injuries that give rise to workers’ compensation claims;
  • 2011 amendments to workers’ compensation law in Illinois, wage differentials;
  • Rebuttable presumptions, carpal tunnel caps, operative v. traumatic injuries;
  • Measures healthcare industry workers can take to reduce risk of injury;
  • Healthcare administrators, managers and workers’ compensation trends.

Anita M. DeCarlo is a workers’ compensation attorney, associated with the Chicago health law and litigation firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, and the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants. Anita earned her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School and she is an active member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers and served as Co-President of the John  Marshall chapter. She was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers and received a Distinguished Service Award from the John Marshall Law School. Anita is a frequent speaker and article writer in the area of workers’ compensation law in Illinois.

Visit our Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants website for more information. You may also contact Anita DeCarlo for more information at (773) 631-4580 and by e-mail at anita@decarlolawgroup.com.

Opioid Addiction: Issue spotting in workers’ compensation, addressing systemic abuse

When does workers’ compensation lead to addict’s compensation?

When does workers’ compensation lead to addict’s compensation?

Painkillers are a big problem in the workers’ compensation industry. Many Americans are addicted to opioids and there are too many opportunities to fuel the fire of abuse. Workers’ compensation and the healthcare system are significant in causing an increasing amount of opioids in society. From a school librarian with an ankle sprain and a prescription to the street dealers selling oxycodone to high school kids planning to sell them at parties, most people know at least someone with an opioid experience.

While most responsible patients properly manage their recovery, carefully following care instructions, others are not so diligent. In too many cases, the most unlikely people find themselves becoming dependent, then addicted to painkillers. Many people who just need another refill, repeatedly, look like any other healthy friend, neighbor or family member.

When does workers’ compensation lead to addict’s compensation?

Pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma, Phizer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals produce and provide doctors, hospitals and pharmacies with oxycodone (OxyContin), morphine (Avinza) and fentanyl (Duragesic), respectively[i].   

Opioid addiction is an issue many health care administrators spot with increasing frequency. According to Joseph Paduda, principal of Health Strategies Associates, Inc., “There are more than 200,000 workers’ compensation claimants who have been on a high dose of opioids for more than six months. The vast majority of them are addicted.[ii]

For many, a workers’ compensation claim, hospital visit and opioid prescription is a first-time experience. However, others know exactly what they are getting; get hurt and score. Paduda says, “The data indicates that about 19 percent of claimants who are prescribed opioids, when they’re tested, there’s no evidence of the drug in their urine. That means those opioids prescribed to workers’ comp claimants are getting in the hands of people who are going to use them for illicit purposes.[iii]

Technology: Advances in healthcare processes make it easier to use the workers’ compensation system on a path to painkillers.

In days past, workers’ compensation claimants drove to their nearest workers’ compensation commission office to talk to staff about procedures, fill out paperwork and file a claim or obtain status information about their case. Today, the process is web-interactive and injured workers can learn all the information they need to file a claim online and update their case.

The data collection and information sharing systems used in the healthcare industry largely fell short in combating systemic abuse. In contrast, “a well-functioning workers’ compensation system allows insurance carries, state insurance funds, and self-insured entities to efficiently manage the core process of underwriting workers’ compensation policies and investigating and processing claims. Historically, these entities have faced a number of challenges in carrying out these functions, particularly in claims.[iv]

New and improving software platforms and systems sharing information among qualified users can make it easier to spot patterns of abuse and anomalies in patient claims. As the healthcare and workers’ compensation industries adopt new technologies there should be tighter controls on the production, sale and distribution of painkillers; proactive abuse prevention is important to cutting off the supply to those addicted to morphine, oxycodone and all the other opiate drugs.

The Chicago law firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates and its affiliated Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants, work to keep everyone informed about news and resources in healthcare and workers’ compensation.

Michael V. Favia & Associates and the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants, of whom Michael V. Favia is a primary attorney, are available to work with individuals interested in these matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, an attorney will be able to assist at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates and their professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

[i] FDA, Drug Safety Information By Drug Class, List of Extended-Release and long-Acting Opiod Products Required to Have an Opioid REMS.

[ii] Insurance Journal, Magazine Features, 10 Challenges Ahead for Workers’ Compensation, by Andrea Wells, May 5, 2014.

[iii] See HNii above

[iv] AASCIF.og, The Impact of Modern Technology on Workers’ Compensation Claims, by Sandy Leyva, Jan-Mar. 2006.