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Illinois: Description of Injury in Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreement Did Not Bar Later Third-Party Claim for Additional Injuries

February 08, 2019 (1 min read)

Where plaintiff, a semi-truck driver for a Pennsylvania corporation, sustained injuries in a vehicular accident in Grundy County, Illinois and eventually settled his Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim by means of a settlement agreement in which he indicated the “precise nature of the injury” consisted of “[r]ight knee strain,” and the parties to the workers' compensation claim also stipulated that claimant had not sustained any other injury or medical condition as a result of the work-related injury, that settlement agreement did not operate so as to bar plaintiff's subsequent third-party action against various defendants for injuries he alleged he has sustained to his back and shoulder. Generally, a statement could not be considered a judicial admission when it was made in the course of another proceeding. While the statements were “evidentiary admissions” that might be admitted to undermine the credibility of the plaintiff as a witness, they could not be used to bar his tort claim altogether.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Armstead v. Nat'l Freight, Inc., 2019 IL App (3d) 170777, 2019 Ill. App. LEXIS 57 (Feb. 5, 2019)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 127.07.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law