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Suit alleges Honeywell plant’s radioactive dust caused man’s cancer-related death

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Honeywell is facing a wrongful death suit alleging radioactive dust from its nuclear plant in Metropolis caused a resident’s cancer. Shannon Dassign, individually and as executrix of Stephen Krueger, decedent, filed a complaint May 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois East St. Louis Division against Honeywell International Inc., alleging wrongful death. Dassign alleges in…

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Suit alleges Mead Johnson, Abbott failed to warn of formula risks with premature infants

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The parents of a boy born prematurely are suing Mead Johnson and Abbott for allegedly failing to warn that their infant formula products could cause a serious gastrointestinal disorder and other health issues in premature infants. Destin Jupiter and Dana Jupiter filed a complaint May 7 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Mead Johnson & Company LLC, Mead Johnson…

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Critics say Indiana COVID-19 law allows nursing home neglect

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Advocates for nursing home residents say they worry a new Indiana law expanding COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers will effectively block many lawsuits over neglect and substandard treatment that weren’t caused by the pandemic. The new law applies retroactively to when Indiana’s first COVID-19 infections were reported in March 2020. The law was sought by the nursing home…

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Insurer must defend tanning salon in biometrics case

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The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed two lower court decisions and held that an insurer is obligated to defend a tanning salon that is being sued by a customer charging violation of the state’s biometric law. The state’s high court unanimously agreed with earlier rulings by a trial court and an appeals court that West Bend, Wisconsin-based West Bend…

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Healthcare facility sued after resident fell out of wheelchair, allegedly suffered fatal injuries

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A man is suing a Madison County healthcare facility after his mother fell out of a wheelchair, suffered injuries to her head and face and died about a week later. Dennis W. Davis, special administrator of the Estate of Glenda S. Davis, deceased, filed a complaint May 5 in the Madison County Circuit Court against University Care Center LLC, alleging…

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Critics Say Indiana COVID-19 Liability Shield Allows Nursing Home Neglect

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Advocates for nursing home residents say they worry a new Indiana law expanding COVID-19 liability protections for healthcare providers will effectively block many lawsuits over neglect and substandard treatment that weren’t caused by the pandemic. The new law applies retroactively to when Indiana’s first COVID-19 infections were reported in March 2020. The law was sought by the nursing home industry,…

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Suit alleges patient’s respiratory failure was due to negligent medical care

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A suit alleges a Swansea nursing facility and St. Mary’s Hospital provided negligent medical care, causing the death of a patient. Justin Roberson, as administrator of the Estate of Michael Steward Jr., deceased, filed a complaint April 12 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Swansea Rehabilitation & Health Center and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, alleging wrongful death….

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Barge company says employee fell into freezing river, became trapped under barge due to pre-existing condition

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A barge company argues that an employee’s concealed pre-existing condition is to blame when he allegedly slipped on ice, fell into the Mississippi River during a snowstorm and became trapped under the barge by the current. Defendant SCF Lewis and Clark Fleeting LLC answered the complaint on April 29 through attorney Neal Settergren of Goldstein and Price LLC in St….

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Illinois lawmakers pass compromise bill on pretrial interest in personal injury cases

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The Illinois Senate passed a bill Thursday to allow victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases that reach a verdict to collect interest on money they receive from court, with the intent of incentivizing settlements in these cases. Gov. JB Pritzker vetoed an earlier version of the bill that was approved by both chambers in the January lame duck…

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