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Edwardsville cyclist alleges defective Schwinn bicycle from Target caused serious head injuries

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An Edwardsville man is suing Target stores and the manufacturers of Schwinn bicycles, alleging a defective bike caused him to fall and suffer a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. Plaintiff Myles Landyn Mayberry Lopilato filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendants Target Stores and Pacific Bicycle, Inc., citing negligence and product liability. According to the lawsuit,…

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Man sues gas companies, alleges Madison County refineries gave him cancer

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A man is suing gasoline companies, alleging pollution produced by their oil refineries located in Madison County caused him to develop cancer. Plaintiffs Joshua Curren and Donna Curren filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendants Phillips 66 Company, ConocoPhillips Company, BP Products North America, Inc., Shell Oil Company and the Premcor Refining Group, Inc., Equilon Enterprises,…

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COVID-19 presumptions lose steam among lawmakers

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Despite the strong push for COVID-19 workers compensation presumptions in the early stages of the pandemic, fewer than half of the 18 states that enacted legislation or saw executive orders still have the provisions in place, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Seven states still had a COVID-19 or infectious disease presumption in…

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COA reverses mistrial, reinstates jury verdict against YMCA in personal injury case

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The Court of Appeals of Indiana has reversed the grant of a new trial in a personal injury case involving a local YMCA and has reinstated a jury verdict against the YMCA after it determined the trial court abused its discretion. Jacqueline Mastellone was returning to the Arthur Jordan Branch YMCA locker room in Indianapolis after finishing an adult swim…

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COA upholds dismissal of trucking company’s suit against employee in deadly crash

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A Kentucky trucking company whose employee died in a fiery explosion while driving through Indiana cannot bring back to life its suit against the man and his wife, who was also in the crash, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has ruled. BFD Enterprises, a trucking company operating out of Lewisport, Kentucky, hired Jeff Koepnick in August 2020 as a…

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Customer alleges automatic door closed on her at credit union branch in Belleville

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A woman alleges a defective automatic door caused her injuries at a credit union branch in Belleville. Christine Schiller filed a complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Scott Credit Union Community Foundation, alleging negligence. Schiller alleges in her suit that she was at the Scott Credit Union Community Foundation branch on West Main Street in Belleville on…

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Patient claims medical device malfunctioned, perforated internal organs

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A patient claims a medical device manufactured by Cook Medical Incorporated was surgically implanted and then malfunctioned, causing injuries to her internal organs. Plaintiff Rhonda L. Garner filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Cook Incorporated, Cook Medical Incorporated, Cook Group Incorporated and Cook Medical, LLC, citing negligence, product liability and fraudulent…

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Mother alleges negligence after minor child suffered injuries in ATV roll-over

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The mother of a boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when an ATV landed on top of him claims minors should not have been allowed to ride the vehicle unsupervised. Angela M. Ware, as mother and next of friend of G.W., a minor filed a complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against 3R Farms LLC and John/Jane Doe, alleging…

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Payments for dermatologicals in comp continue to increase

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Payments for dermatological agents continue to increase while payments for opioids continue to decline, according to a report released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. WCRI said the increase in payments for such drugs applied to skin, usually for pain, is driven by the dispensing of higher-priced products from doctors’ offices and mail-order pharmacies. The report examined state trends…

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Woman claims surgeon mistakenly sewed medical pad inside her body

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A woman is suing Memorial Hospital for negligence, alleging that one of its surgeons accidentally sewed up a medical pad inside of her during surgery and caused her pain for many years. Plaintiff Robyn Scott and Matthew Scott filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against defendants Heartland Women’s Healthcare, Protestant Memorial Medical Center, Inc. doing business…

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