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Injured skydiving pilot ineligible for comp

An Illinois appeals court, reversing a lower-court decision, ruled that a woman injured while piloting a skydiving plane was ineligible to collect workers compensation benefits because she was flying on a volunteer basis at the time to get flight time experience. The Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, Workers’ Compensation Commission Division, on Monday overturned a Henry County Circuit Court…

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Patient sues dentist claiming dental implants fell out following oral surgeries

A woman has filed a medical malpractice claim against her dentist, alleging her teeth implants fell out after several ineffective oral surgeries. Plaintiff Dawn Mott filed the lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Cody Whitworth, DMD and Beltline Dental, LLC, citing medical malpractice and negligence. According to the lawsuit, Whitworth is a licensed dentist in the employ…

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Midwest Petroleum employee alleges injuries from slip, fall on wooden ramp

A Midwest Petroleum employee claims he was injured after he allegedly slipped on a wooden ramp at work and fell. Plaintiff Justin Bollinger filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Midwest Petroleum Co., citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, Bollinger was an employee of Midwest Petroleum. As part of his job duties, he was required to deliver…

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Twin Lake Trucking claims improperly loaded container caused truck to overturn

Twin Lake Trucking filed a lawsuit to seek damages for one of its drivers that was allegedly in a collision because of an improperly loaded cargo container. Plaintiff Twin Lake Trucking, LTD, on behalf of employee Rudolph Crockett, filed the lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Domtar Industries LLC and its subsidiaries, citing negligence. According to the…

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Wood River homeowner alleges township employee failed to disclose prior injuries during lawsuit discovery

Wood River homeowner Joanna Hendricks seeks sanctions against Benjamin Dona of Bethalto, claiming he failed to disclose previous injuries. Hendricks moved for sanctions on April 17, and Circuit Judge Sarah Smith set a hearing for May 18. Smith has set trial to start in July. Dona sued Hendricks in 2018, claiming his right shoulder popped when he lifted her yard…

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Full penalty against roofer assessed after court finds company in default

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has declared a Midwest roofing contractor in default after failing to properly address workplace safety violations, assessing full financial penalties against the company. The commission, in a March decision publicized Wednesday, found Joshua Herion, and his Waukegan, Illinois-based company, ECS Roofing Professionals Inc., in default after the company refused to comply with proceedings…

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Illinois comp bills address injury causation, fee schedules

Illinois lawmakers are considering two bills that would establish limits on causation for compensable workplace injuries and redraft medical fee schedules in workers compensation. H.B. 4082, introduced Wednesday, would set parameters on what constitutes an injury that occurs “out of and in the course of employment.” The bill states that such an injury would be compensable “only if the accident…

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Illinois lawmakers double down on drug formulary proposal

A second bill that would create a closed drug formulary for injured workers in Illinois was introduced Thursday, in line with a yearslong trend among lawmakers there aiming to mandate how drugs are prescribed under workers compensation. H.B. 4087, which was referred to the rules committee, calls on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, upon consultation with the Workers’ Compensation Medical…

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Illinois Governor Signs Law Giving Benefits to Chicago First Responders Disabled by COVID

Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week signed a law providing full disability benefits to Chicago police officers and firefighters struck by COVID-19 before vaccines were available, presiding over an emotional statehouse ceremony which marked the end of a financial struggle for responders including the brother of Comptroller Susana Mendoza. The Act-of-Duty law, HB3162, ensures disability benefits of 75% of salary plus…

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