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Edwardsville asphalt company sued over employee’s alleged DUI, collision

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An Edwardsville paving and asphalt company is being sued after one of its employees allegedly caused a collision while driving under the influence. Sara Zaricor and Patricia Hannah filed a complaint Oct. 6 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Gregory Blue Eldridge and Gregory C. Eldridge, doing business as Eldridge Paving, Asphalt & Maintenance, alleging negligence. According to…

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Suit alleges Wal-Mart employee dropped metal sign on child, caused concussion

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A Wal-Mart shopper claims an employee dropped a metal sign on her child’s head during repair work. Rosetta Freeman, individually and as next-of-kin to Myah Taylor, a minor, and Myah Taylor filed a complaint Oct. 13 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and an unknown John Doe, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were…

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Emergency room costs in comp on rise: Report

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The increase in facility costs for hospital emergency room visits has “significantly” outpaced medical inflation, with facility costs growing approximately three times faster than the hospital outpatient producer price index, according to an analysis of workers compensation emergency room costs released Friday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The Boca Raton, Florida-based ratings agency said in its report that…

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Study details factors linked to longer opioid use by injured workers

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Despite substantial reductions in recent years, opioids continue to be widely dispensed to workers with work-related injuries in several states, according to a study released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institute studied factors that are associated with longer-term opioid use, finding that the strongest predictor of such use is opioid prescribing early in a claim….

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Motorist alleges Ford dealership improperly reassembled airbags, resulting in brain injuries during crash

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A motorist claims a Ford Dealership did not properly reassemble his vehicle’s airbags, resulting in traumatic brain injuries when the airbags did not deploy in a Belleville crash. Aaron Van Horne filed a complaint Sept. 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Auffenberg Belleville LLC, Auffenberg Dealer Group Inc., Auffenberg Ford Inc., and Auffenberg Motors of Illinois Inc.,…

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Patient sues Abbott over alleged defective defibrillator

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A patient claims his defibrillator was defective and the battery began to deplete prematurely. Robert Box and Jeanie Box filed a complaint Oct. 1 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Abbott Laboratories. According to the complaint, Robert Box underwent surgery at Anderson Hospital in Maryville on May 15, 2012, where he had a St. Jude cardioverter defibrillator device, also…

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Former US Postal Service employee pleads guilty over making false statement

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Heath D. Shelton, a 36-year-old Smithton man, has pleaded guilty to a single count of making a false statement to receive federal disability compensation under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Shelton was working for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier when he injured his back in 2012. He started receiving federal disability payments for his injury. Later on,…

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Indiana Court: Allstate Liable in Fatal Crash Because Victim Was a ‘Resident Relative’

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The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Allstate must pay $25,000 in uninsured motorist benefits to the estranged husband of a woman who died while riding as a passenger in a car crash after moving back in with her parents. The high court found that Shelina Glover was covered under her parents’ policy as a “resident relative.” The court rejected…

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Woman sues over St. Clair County collision, East Alton slip and fall

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A woman is suing motorists and the East Alton Circle K for unrelated injuries allegedly resulting from a collision and slip and fall incident. Susan Krouse and David Krouse filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jose Mendez, Blincia Reza-Rodriguez and Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, doing business as Circle K, alleging negligence. According to…

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Insurer must defend contractor in electrocution

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An insurer that covered a subcontractor must defend the contractor in the electrocution death of a subcontractor employee, an Illinois federal district court ruled Monday. Columbus, Ohio-based State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Co. issued an insurance policy to Centralia, Illinois-based Rock Branch Ironworks Inc. for the policy period April 2018 to April 2019, according to the ruling by the…

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