Jane M. Ryan is a partner in the Chicago and Indianapolis offices of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. She has 13 years of legal experience and focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in workers’ compensation claims and personal injury matters in Illinois and Indiana. Ms. Ryan has appeared in arbitration, commission, circuit court and appellate court levels and has a case certified with the Illinois Supreme Court. She is recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” through Leading Lawyersâ„ and is named a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers®.
Ms. Ryan received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2007 and Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 2004.
Ms. Ryan is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Indiana. She is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Illinois State Bar Association.
Select Representative Cases
- In re Marriage of Washkowiak – 2012 IL App (3d) 110174 – argued March 7, 2012
- Mark Bregin v. IWCC – 2-10-1182WC – argued February 8, 2012
- Mark Gruszeczka v. IWCC – 2012 IL App (2d) 101049WC – argued December 6, 2011
- Musa Azemi v. IWCC – Case number 2-10-0763WC – argued October 19, 2011 – Published decision, Certified to the Illinois Supreme Court to determine whether the “mailbox rule” applied to appeals from the Commission to Circuit Court
- Ubaldo Perez v. JT Thorpe & Sons Inc. – C-237122
Hearing Officer Gerald Ediger – December 28, 2018
Obtained a zero award on Plaintiff’s alleged operated knee injury. Over $100,000 of unpaid medical bills were at issue, TTD benefits, and additional medical treatment was being sought. The Hearing Officer relied on Defendant’s proof of pre-injury medical records in finding no accident occurred and awarded no benefits.
- Jack Morris v. Image Air – 13 WC 26023
Arbitrator Pulia – May 12, 2017
Successfully defeated Petitioner’s claim that his bilateral knees were injured in a work injury. Respondent accepted the right knee but denied the left knee was injured due to a failure to report and delayed medical treatment. The Arbitrator relied on Respondent’s Exhibits, IME’s deposition, and witness testimony to deny that Petitioner’s left knee was injured in the work incident. As such, she also denied associated surgical bills and TTD benefits. This case was affirmed by the Commission.
- Cherry Paterson v. Illinois District Council – 14 WC 34380
Arbitrator McCarthy – June 9, 2016
Successfully defeated Petitioner’s request for approval of a shoulder surgery and ongoing medical treatment and benefits. The Arbitrator relied on the opinions of Respondent’s IME that Petitioner’s pre-accident and post-accident MRI studies were identical and therefore the need for surgery was not related to the work injury. Respondent was also awarded a credit for benefits paid beyond the determined MMI date. This case was affirmed by the Commission.
- Corina Bass v. Joliet School District # 86 – 10 WC 47679
Arbitrator Ory – April 11, 2016
Successfully defeated Petitioner’s position that she was totally and permanently disabled. The Arbitrator found in Respondent's favor and awarded 10% MAW. The Arbitrator adopted the opinions of Respondent’s IME over that of the treating doctor. The Arbitrator cited in large part to cross examination of the treater as her basis to reject his opinion in favor of the IME. Petitioner claimed over $1,200,000.00 in benefits and was awarded approximately $12,000. This case was affirmed by the Commission.
- Donald Garrett v. Sherrard School District – 11 WC 23377
Arbitrator Dollison – October 26, 2015
Successfully argued in support of Respondent’s position that Petitioner merely suffered a back strain as a result of the work injury. Petitioner alleged he could not return to his pre-injury employment after multiple surgeries including a spinal cord stimulator. The Arbitrator found in Respondent’s favor and awarded 3% MAW, defeating Petitioner’s request for over $235,000 worth of benefits. The Arbitrator relied on Respondent’s IME who disputed causal connection and attributed Petitioner’s multiple back surgeries to a pre-existing degenerative condition.
Awards and Recognitions
- “Emerging Lawyer” – Leading Lawyers, 2016 to Present
- “Rising Star” – Super Lawyers, 2016 to Present
- “The Anatomy of a Workers’ Compensation Claim: Comparing and Contrasting Illinois versus Indiana” – U.S. Administrator Claims –2019
- “Likes, Retweets and Tags: How Social Media is Filtering Workers’ Compensation” – WCLA – 2017
- “The Top Ten Most Annoying Issues Regarding Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases”– Great West Casualty – 2017
- “Case Law Update” – US Administrator Claims – 2015
- “Case Law Summaries”– Brotherhood Mutual Insurance – 2015
- “Employers: Lunch and Learn” – Employers Insurance – 2013
- “Case Law Update” – The Sandner Group – 2013