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States push expansion of PTSD benefits in comp

Nearly a dozen states as of late January had introduced legislation to expand or enhance workers compensation benefits for employees who suffer mental injuries by presuming they are suffered in the course of work. “The trend will continue,” said Brian Allen, Salt Lake City-based vice president of government affairs, pharmacy solutions, for Mitchell International Inc., a subsidiary of Enlyte Group….

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Cumulative trauma claims costs add up

Injuries to body parts that are caused by repetitive motion, frequent exposure to sounds, chemicals or even vibrations are among the most perplexing in the workers compensation sector. Claims arising from cumulative trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and hearing loss, will likely rise given the aging workforce and an overall trend toward litigation, comp experts say. How…

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Man sues Belleville property owner after stairs allegedly collapsed

A man has filed a negligence lawsuit against a Belleville property owner, alleging he fell when the outdoor stairs collapsed. Plaintiff Nigel Benton filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Keaton Investment, LLC, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, on July 19, 2022, Benton was on the premises of a rental property owned by the defendant….

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Belleville man claims he was released from hospital with serious infection

A patient has filed a lawsuit against Archview Medical Specialists after allegedly being discharged form the hospital with a serious infection. Plaintiff Michael Burkett filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Archview Medical Specialists, Touchette Regional Hospital, Dr. Samuel Baughman, M.D., and Dr. David Sprunger, M.D., citing negligence and carelessness. According to the lawsuit, Burkett was…

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Man alleges defective table saw caused him to lose part of his finger

A man claims he lost part of his finger while using a defective Ryobi table saw purchased at Home Depot. Plaintiff Aaron Wilkerson filed a lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Techtronic Group, Inc, One World Technologies, Inc, Ryobi Technologies, Inc, Hope Depot USA, Inc and their subsidiaries, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 27, 2020,…

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Northern Indiana diocese gets summary judgment on student-athlete’s negligence claim

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will be awarded summary judgment after the Court of Appeals of Indiana found evidence to negate a student-athlete’s claim that the diocese was negligent in allowing her to compete following a “minor” injury. The case of Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend, Inc. v. Gabrielle Gallegos, 22A-CT-992, began in January 2018, when 17-year-old…

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Railroad employee sues Norfolk Southern Railway over injury on the job

A railroad employee claims he was injured on the job after a switch malfunctioned. Plaintiff Steven Bailey filed a lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, Bailey was employed by Norfolk Southern Railway Company as a conductor-switchman. Bailey claims that on Feb. 9, 2020, he was injured on the…

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Former Sam’s Club employee alleges retaliation over work comp claim

A former Sam’s Club employee claims she was fired for seeking worker’s compensation benefits after she was injured on the job. Plaintiff Magdalena P. Szetlak filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Sam’s Club, citing wrongful termination in violation of the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act. According to the lawsuit, Szetlak was an employee of a Sam’s Club…

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Court reinstates injured crossing guard’s comp benefits

An Illinois appeals court has reinstated the workers compensation benefits of a crossing guard injured in a slip-and-fall incident, ruling that a lower court was wrong to overturn the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s awarding of medical benefits in the case. The First District Appellate Court of Illinois, Workers’ Compensation Commission Division Thursday determined that the commission was correct to award…

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