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Motorist allegedly suffered injuries during physical therapy following car crash

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A motorist claims she suffered a back injury in rear-end collision that resulted in burns from a tens unit used during her physical therapy treatments. Tecia McKinney filed a complaint Jan. 14 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Scott Hedger, Upchurch Oil and Ready Mix Concrete Co., alleging negligence. According to the complaint, McKinney was driving her vehicle…

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Suit alleges physical therapy resulted in heart patient’s death

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An Alton rehab facility and others are accused of wrongfully putting a heart patient through physical therapy, which allegedly caused him to suffer cardiac arrest. Shelby Gavellas, special administrator of the Estate of James Gavellas filed a complaint Jan. 8 in the Madison County Circuit Court against OSF Healthcare St. Anthony’s Health Center, Behfar Dianati, M.D., CEP Amerida-Illinois Hospitalists LLP,…

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Suit alleges woman’s untreated brain hemorrhage led to her permanent disability

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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is accused of failing to properly diagnose and treat a patient’s brain hemorrhage, which allegedly caused her to be permanently disabled. Tracy Perkins, as guardian of the person and Estate of Ralpha Perkins-Davis, a disabled person, filed a complaint Jan. 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kevin Thompson, M.D., Huzefa Chinwala, M.D., and St….

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Belleville dog owners sued after woman was allegedly attacked

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The owners of a dog that allegedly attacked a woman who was walking by their house are being sued for allegedly violating the state’s Animal Control Act. Deborah Spivak filed a complaint Jan. 6 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Mark Sandheinrich and Karen Sandheinrich, alleging violation of the Illinois Animal Control Act. Spivak alleges in her complaint…

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Suit alleges Monsanto, other Sauget region industries exposed tradesman to toxic chemicals

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Monsanto and more than a dozen other companies with current or former facilities in the Sauget region are being sued by the estate of a former tradesman alleging his exposure to toxic chemicals led to his death. Patricia Bishop, individually and as special representative of the Estate of Larry Bishop, filed a complaint Dec. 23 in the Madison County Circuit…

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Woman allegedly slipped on wet paint in McDonald’s parking lot

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A woman claims she slipped on wet paint in the parking lot at an Alton McDonald’s. Cheryl Snipes filed a complaint Dec. 10 in the Madison County Circuit Court against McDonald’s Corporation, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Snipes was at the McDonald’s restaurant on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton on March 9. She alleges that as she walked from…

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Customer sues over trip, fall at Belleville Advanced Auto Parts store

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An Advanced Auto Parts store in Belleville is being sued after a customer alleges she fell while walking to the back area of the store. Olivia Burnes-Lacy filed a complaint Dec. 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Advanced Auto Parts and Alex Doe, alleging premises liability. The plaintiff claims in her suit that she was at the…

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How U.S. Government Will Handle COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Claims Is Largely a Secret

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Lost in the U.S. launch of the coronavirus vaccine is a fact most don’t know when they roll up their sleeves: In rare cases of serious illness from the shots, the injured are blocked from suing and steered instead to an obscure federal bureaucracy with a record of seldom paying claims. Housed in a nondescript building in a Washington, D.C.,…

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Suit alleges truck driver caused multi-vehicle crash

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A truck driver is accused of negligently veering into another lane while traveling on Interstate 55, allegedly causing a multi-vehicle crash. Bridgette Ebersoldt and Kevin Ebersoldt filed a complaint Dec. 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Merrell Enterprises LLC, Ernest Lumley and Richard Snyder, alleging negligence. According to the compliant, the Ebersoldts were driving south on Interstate…

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