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Illinois Bill Would Move Workers’ Comp Fraud Probes to Insurance Department

A bill filed in the Illinois General Assembly would transfer the responsibilities for investigating workers’ compensation fraud to the state insurance department. Under HB 2947, the pending business of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Insurance Compliance Division would be transferred to the Illinois Department of Insurance. he change would transfer “all powers, duties, rights, responsibilities, personnel, books, records, papers, documents,…

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Lawmakers introduce PTSD, privacy act comp bills

Lawmakers in Illinois will consider making post-traumatic stress disorder compensable for certain first responders under a bill presented on Friday. H.B. 3081 states that “post-traumatic stress disorder is to be rebuttably presumed to arise out of and to be causally connected to the hazards of employment” for firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Lawmakers also read H.B. 3697, which states…

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Brain-injury comp claims cost more than twice other types: NCCI

Brain-injury workers compensation claims cost more than double other types of lost-time claims, according to a report released Friday by the National Council for Compensation Insurance. The report said that among active claims between 2013 and 2018, 15% of permanent-injury total claims included a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is defined as physical trauma to the head that alters…

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Woman alleges Belleville hospital, surgeon failed to treat, diagnose condition

A woman claims Memorial Hospital Belleville and one of its surgeons failed to properly treat and diagnose her condition. Lauren Theuerkauf filed a complaint Feb. 4 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Eric Snook, DPM, Associated Foot Surgeons of Belleville LTD and Protestant Memorial Medical Center Inc., individually and doing business as Memorial Hospital Belleville, alleging negligence. According…

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Illinois bill would clarify compensability of travel-related injuries

Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would clarify that injuries sustained by employees while traveling to and from work do not arise out of and in the course of employment except under a few circumstances. H.B. 2965 would modify existing statutes to clarify that an accident while traveling to and from the workplace is not compensable. The bill…

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Indiana COVID-19 Lawsuit Shield Legislation Sent to Governor

A bill giving Indiana businesses and others broad protections from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19 has been given final approval by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated state Senate voted 39-7 to send the bill to GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has endorsed the proposal. House members voted last week to approve the bill, which is a top priority…

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Refinery laborer burned in explosion sues Phillips 66

A laborer who suffered second degree burns during an explosion at a Phillips 66 refinery is accusing the company of negligence. Michael Clark filed a complaint Feb. 1 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Phillips 66 Company, alleging negligence. According to his complaint, Clark was working as a laborer for GRP/Wegman at Phillips 66’s South Roxana refinery distilling unit…

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Motorist alleges car dealership display blocked view, causing collision

A motorist claims she crashed into another driver who turned in front of her on Camp Jackson Road because a Cahokia Motors car display obstructed her view. Anessia Brown filed a complaint Jan. 27 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Amaira Burner and Cahokia Motors Inc., alleging negligence. Brown alleges in her complaint that she was traveling East…

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