So on Friday there was a crazy situation at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in Chicago. I wasn’t there and am not one to gossip, but when you hear the same story from multiple sources and it can provide a lesson to readers I have to share. And it’s really not even a lesson, but rather just crazy and funny because if you didn’t know not to do this then there is no helping you.
Apparently some injured worker was in the courtroom of Arbitrator Zanotti who is a new Arbitrator. From what I was told, the lawyer for this worker was asking to withdraw from the case and the lack of merit that the case had was being discussed. The worker did not like it and allegedly was becoming threatening and had to be forcibly restrained by the Illinois State Police that are in the building for security. A friend of mine was in the courtroom next door and said there was a lot of screaming and banging on the walls. It’s big news because while there have been incidents over there throughout the years, they are few and far between.
I can’t imagine that anyone I’d represent or that I’d refer to a colleague to represent would do something like this. But it’s surely the best way to mess up your case if you even had one to begin with. Showing the Arbitrator that you are a tad crazy is not going to endear you to them and even if this was just a momentary loss of reason, this case is likely over.
Fortunately nobody got hurt and life as we know it was able to move on. I feel sorry for whatever claimant had to go in that room after this all happened. I don’t know Arbitrator Zanotti, but have heard he’s very competent and objective which is all you can ask for. But it would be human nature to be on the edge for whoever was in there next. Which goes to show you that when you go to trial, it’s not always just the facts that matter. Sometimes the mood of a Judge can play a huge role.
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