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Peoria County Belwood Nursing Home v. Industrial Commission
Illinois Supreme Court
505 N.E.2d 1026 (1987)
Wanda Cagle (plaintiff) worked in the Peoria County Belwood Nursing Home (Belwood) (defendant) laundry room for six years. Cagle’s job required her to carry laundry bags weighing between 25 and 50 pounds and load the laundry into two 200-pound-capacity washing machines six times every day. In October 1976, Cagle consulted Dr. John McClean, a neurologist, for symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling in her left arm. Cagle continued working in the laundry room until August 1977, when Cagle had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. Cagle filed a claim for compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act), alleging she developed carpal tunnel syndrome due to the repetitive stress of working in the laundry room. Cagle testified she told McLean that because of her pain she had extreme difficulty gripping the washing-machine doors. Cagle’s medical testimony was uncontroverted. The arbitrator found that Cagle presented sufficient medical evidence to establish her injury was work related and awarded her benefits for temporary total disability and for 25 percent permanent total disability. The Industrial Commission affirmed Cagle’s award, and the circuit court confirmed the Industrial Commission’s decision. The appellate court affirmed the circuit court’s judgment. Belwood appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Clark, C.J.)
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