Docket No. 106680.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
BEELMAN TRUCKING, Appellee, v. THE ILLINOIS WORKERS’
COMPENSATION COMMISSION et al. (Jack G. Carson,
Opinion filed May 21, 2009.
JUSTICE GARMAN delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride,
Karmeier, and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Plaintiff, Jack Carson, suffered serious injuries to his arms and
legs as a result of a vehicular accident. His injuries arose out of and
in the course of employment with defendant, Beelman Trucking.
Carson filed a workers’ compensation claim. An arbitrator awarded
Carson benefits, which both the Workers’ Compensation Commission
and the circuit court of Clinton County upheld. Beelman Trucking
appealed. The appellate court reversed in part, holding that the
Commission erred in awarding Carson benefits with respect to the
loss of use of his arms. 381 Ill. App. 3d 701. Carson then filed a
petition for leave to appeal, which we allowed pursuant to Supreme
Court Rule 315 (210 Ill. 2d R. 315(a)).