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Woman allegedly injured as bystander during South Roxana bar fight

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A Campsville woman is suing a South Roxana bar, claiming she was injured as a “bystander” during a bar fight. Amy Finch filed the complaint in the Madison County Circuit Court against Second Last Chance Saloon Inc. According to the complaint, Finch claims the bar sold alcohol to a man who later got into a fight with other patrons after…

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Woman alleges surgical pad was left in abdomen after surgery

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A Mascoutah woman is suing a doctor and nurses for alleging leaving a surgical pad inside her abdomen after surgery. Robyn and Matthew Scott filed the complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Steven Mathus, M.D., Jennifer Sturgeon, R.N., Denise Feld, Heartland Women’s Healthcare IL PC, doing business as Heartland Women’s Healthcare and Metro-East Services Inc., doing business…

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FedEx driver secures COA reversal against dog owners

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A FedEx driver bit by a dog despite the owners’ assurance that he was safe to deliver a package has secured a reversal from the Court of Appeals of Indiana. The appellate panel found questions remained about whether the owners knew their dog’s breed had dangerous propensities when the deliveryman was invited onto their property. While on a delivery run,…

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Jury Awards Illinois Woman $363 Million in Suit Over Plant’s Toxic Gas

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A jury has awarded $363 million to a woman who alleged that a now-shuttered suburban Chicago plant that sterilized medical equipment exposed residents to a toxic industrial gas and gave her breast cancer. After a five-week trial, the Cook County jurors on Monday awarded Sue Kamuda $38 million in compensatory damages for the past and future loss of a normal…

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Edwardsville man claims neighbors refused to restrain dogs after he was attacked

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An Edwardsville man is suing his neighbors after he was allegedly attacked by their dogs without provocation and had to move to protect his family. Plaintiff Dylan M. Jerrell filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendants Tim Parker, Renee Moore and Julian Moore, citing negligence in violation of the state’s Animal Control Act. According to the…

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Man who fell off cliff alleges negligent care at Willowcreek Rehab

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A man who was receiving treatment at Willowcreek Rehab after falling off a cliff claims he suffered injuries from negligent care. Francisco Vasquez filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Helia Healthcare of Belleville, LLC, doing business as Willowcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing, citing negligence in violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. According to the…

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Alton tenant alleges asbestos exposure, arson after intoxicated driver hits home

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An Alton woman claims she and her children may have been exposed to friable asbestos and then wrongfully accused of arson after an intoxicated man hit their Alton rental property. Celia Pauli, also known as Pellegrino, individually and as next friend of her minor children Ava Pellegrino and Sebastian Pellegrino, filed the complaint in the Madison County Circuit Court against…

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Comp impact of AMA updates on mental injuries ‘uncertain’: NCCI

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Several changes made in 2021 to the American Medical Association’s guide on disability ratings, which affect workers compensation claims, will have an “uncertain” effect on the diagnosis and disability determination for mental injury claims, according to an analysis released Monday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The Boca Raton, Florida-based ratings agency examined the AMA Guides, 6th Edition 2021,…

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Defending psych comp claims a trending topic

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Employers who have yet to see a psych claim in their workers compensation programs are on notice, as experts say mental-only claims and physical injury claims with alleged mental components are on the rise — and many of them warrant defense. A trending topic in workers compensation, at least two sessions a day at the four-day Workers’ Compensation & Risk…

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Skyjack sues injury plaintiff’s employer following scissor lift inspection

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An inspection of a Skyjack scissor lift allegedly revealed so many defects and mistakes that injury plaintiff Tresean Gines changed his allegations, and Skyjack sued his employer. Gines amended his complaint in U. S. district court on Aug. 30, and Skyjack filed a third party complaint against Reliable Relamping on Aug. 31. Skyjack counsel Jacob Taylor of St. Louis claimed…

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