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Nichols v. Industrial Com.

SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS.


OPINION FILED SEPTEMBER 30, 1971.

JAMES NICHOLS, APPELLEE,

v.

THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION, ET AL. — (NORMAN A. MCMASTERS ET AL., APPELLANTS.)

APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. EDWARD J. EGAN, Judge, presiding.

MR. JUSTICE SCHAEFER DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

James Nichols, a professional jockey, was injured when he was thrown from a horse during a race at the Arlington Park Race Track. As a result of the accident he suffered injuries to his back and left foot which necessitated hospitalization for six days and lengthy medical treatment. He filed with the Industrial Commission an application for adjustment of claim which named as his employers at the time of the accident the horse's trainer, Norman A. McMasters, and its four owners, Tom Cook, Jr., Max Clark, Clark Sample, Jr., and Tom Cook. An arbitrator found "that the relationship of employee and employer did not exist" and therefore ordered the application dismissed and the claim for compensation denied. The Commission confirmed the arbitrator's decision.

On certiorari the circuit court held that the petitioner was an employee of the respondents, and not an independent contractor. It therefore remanded the cause to the Commission "to determine the nature and extent of petitioner's injuries and to render an award in favor of petitioner * * *." The respondents have appealed directly to this court. They contend that the decision of the Commission was not contrary to the manifest weight of the evidence, and that the court therefore erred in setting it aside. We do not reach this contention, however, since we find that the order of the circuit court is interlocutory and not appealable.

"While the parties have raised no question as to jurisdiction, this court has consistently held that when the circuit court remands a compensation case to the Commission, the action of the court is interlocutory and not appealable." Mayrath Co. v. Industrial Com. (1965), 33 Ill.2d 224, 225; Downey v. Industrial Com. (1969), 44 Ill.2d 28, 29; ACF Industries, Inc. v. Industrial Com. (1956), 8 Ill.2d 552, 554; Joyce Bros. Storage and Van Co. v. Industrial Com. (1948), 399 Ill. 456, 458; Dunavan v. Industrial Com. (1934), 355 Ill. 444, 446.

The appeal is therefore dismissed for want of a final judgment.

Appeal dismissed.

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