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Suit alleges truck overturned, caused collision due to overweight load, speeding

A truck driver is accused of driving with an overweight load and speeding, allegedly causing the truck to overturn and cause a collision. Michael Schroeder filed a complaint Nov. 18 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Bonanza Gold Trucking Inc., and John Patton, alleging negligence. Schroeder states in his complaint that he was driving a truck and hauling a…

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Injuries requiring days away from work rose in 2019: BLS

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses result in days away from work increased among private industry workers in 2019, compared with the prior year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. In 2019, the private sector reported 888,220 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work. Last year, the BLS did not report this figure. According to…

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Orthopedic surgeon accused of damaging tendons during hip replacement

A man claims Memorial Hospital and one of its orthopedic surgeons negligently performed a hip replacement surgery and caused him to suffer permanent damage. Patrick Holtgrove filed a complaint Nov. 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Gregory Simmons, M.D., Fairview Heights Medical Group, S.C., and Protestant Memorial Medical Center Inc., doing business as Memorial Hospital, alleging negligence….

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Woman claims unsafe staircase caused her to suffer fractured ankle

A woman claims an unsafe staircase at a Collinsville office caused her to suffer a fractured ankle and other injuries. Curtiseena Wilson filed a complaint Nov. 4 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Imagine Investments LLC, Hartmann Realtors Inc., doing business as Hartmann Rentals, and Hartmann Rental Properties, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Wilson claims she was…

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Illinois Fines Continental Indemnity, Applied Underwriters $250K for Unapproved Sales

Two former Berkshire Hathaway companies have been hit with a $250,000 fine by Illinois regulators for selling unapproved workers’ compensation policies to small businesses. The Illinois Department of Insurance says Continental Indemnity Company and Applied Underwriters Inc. also overcharged some Illinois small businesses for workers’ comp insurance. The fine is the result of a market conduct examination conducted by the…

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Failure to train workers on COVID-19 could lead to fines, lawsuits

As the pandemic rages on, more states are creating their own standards requiring employers to provide workers with proper COVID-19 training to prevent transmission of the virus, and failure to comply with these measures in some jurisdictions can lead to substantial fines, experts say. Sixteen states — either by way of passage of an emergency temporary standard or a gubernatorial…

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Woman alleges piece from construction company’s sign caused her fall on public sidewalk

A pedestrian is suing a construction company after she allegedly fell after tripping on a wooden piece from an advertising sign that had been extended onto the sidewalk. Carol Bostick filed a complaint Oct. 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Middendorf & Reuss Construction, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Bostick was walking on a public sidewalk…

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Construction companies sued after Washington Park auxiliary police officer fell from Poplar Street Bridge

The family of a Washington Park auxiliary police officer who fell to his death during a foot pursuit in 2018 are suing the construction companies for allegedly failing to maintain a safe work site during construction on the Poplar Street Bridge. Jacquelynn Davis and Romero Davis, independent administrators of the estate of Ricardo Davis Sr., filed the seven-count complaint Oct….

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