Posted On: March 24, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Review of Denied Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim Requested by Ex-State Trooper Involved in Car Crash that Killed Uhl Sisters

Matt Mitchell, an ex-state trooper, whose Illinois workers’ compensation claim for injuries he sustained in a deadly car crash was denied, has filed a review to have that decision reconsidered. Mitchell was the trooper who was driving the car that struck the Mazda carrying Uhl sisters Kelli, 14, and Jessica, 18, who died from their injuries. He also struck another vehicle carrying Kelly and Christine Marler, who was pregnant at the time. The Marlers sustained serious injuries, as did Mitchell.

The former state trooper would go on to plead guilty to two counts of reckless homicide in the girls’ 2007 deaths. At the time of the Illinois car crash, Mitchell was driving at speeds as high as 126 mph on Interstate 64. He also was writing emails on his car’s computer and had taken personal call before crossing his car into oncoming traffic. He was on duty at the time.

After submitting his Illinois workers’ compensation claim, arbitrator Jennifer Teague denied it, saying that the injuries were not work-related. Mitchell’s attorney disagrees. Teague, who is now on paid leave, recently came under fire for emailing a court reporter and saying that she wanted the Mitchell hearing conducted without press around.

Local lawmakers now want to better examine the state’s workers’ compensation program. In addition to a recent House vote to audit state workers’ work injury claims, last month Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton filed a bill that seeks to bar employees convicted of reckless homicide, forcible felonies, and aggravated DUI from being eligible to receive Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Workers injured on the job are generally entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. Even if your claim is denied, you shouldn’t give up without first exploring your options with an experienced Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation law firm.

Mitchell asks for review of denied workers' comp claim,, March 24, 2011

Illinois ex-trooper denied workers' comp in deadly crash, STL Today, February 18, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Illinois State Police

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

More Blog Posts:

State Arbitrator Tried to Keep Illinois Workers’ Compensation Hearings of Trooper Who Caused Deadly Car Crash that Killed the Uhl Sisters a Secret, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, February 10, 2011
Ex-State Trooper Convicted of Motor Vehicle Deaths of Uhl Sisters Seeks Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits for His Injuries from the Crash, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, September 22, 2011

llinois Court of Claims Awards $8M to Family of Uhl Sisters Killed in 2007 Car Crash Caused by State Trooper Accused of Speeding, Texting, and Cell Phone Driving, Chicago Car Accident Attorney Blog, January 20, 2011

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