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Patient sues Alton physical therapy center over shoulder injury

A former Athletico patient claims he was prescribed an improper physical therapy program, which caused him to sustain serious injuries. Plaintiff Jason Jackson filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Athletico, LTD and its employee Sarah Schroeder, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, Schroeder was employed by Athletico as a physical therapist. On Oct. 12, 2020, Jackson…

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Man alleges wrongful termination after filing for work comp benefits

A former employee of Brandsafway claims he was wrongfully terminated for seeking worker’s compensation benefits after he was injured on the job. Plaintiff Fred Skelton filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendant Brandsafway, LLC formerly known as Safway Services, LLC, citing retaliatory discharge in violation of the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act. According to the lawsuit, Skelton…

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Shortage of qualified, trained workers increases construction sector exposures

Acute labor shortages across the construction industry are hitting everything from quality control to worker safety, keeping busy risk engineers and others involved with construction risk management. The labor crunch can lead to work being done by less qualified or inadequately trained workers, causing mistakes that require expensive rework, often at the expense of the contractor. In other cases, there…

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Illinois contractor again cited for trench cave-in hazards

Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators again cited a Schaumburg, Illinois-based excavating contractor for failure to follow federally mandated safety measures to protect workers from potentially deadly trench cave-ins. Trench collapses are among the construction industry’s most lethal hazards and a recent focus of OSHA. OSHA reported that an inspector in June observed two employees of A. Lamp Concrete Contractors…

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Multimillion dollar award evaporates under COA review of policy language

A contractor awarded $5.2 million in damages in a personal injury settlement lost most of it after the Court of Appeals of Indiana found the use of “you” and “your” in the insurance policy did not entitle the contractor to indemnification. Harsco Corporation was hired by Pennsylvania utility company PPL Montour Co. LLC to install and maintain an elevator at…

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Railway worker allegedly developed cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals

A railroad employee claims he was exposed to toxic chemicals on the job, causing him to develop colon cancer. Plaintiff Lewis Hill filed a lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, Hill was employed by Norfolk Southern Railway Company as a switchman and worked for the company from 1967…

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Worden woman alleges injuries from unprovoked dog attack

A Worden woman claims she was injured during an unprovoked attack by dogs in her neighborhood. Plaintiff Janice L. Daube filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendants Sean and Erin Underhill, citing negligence in violation of the state’s Animal Control Act. According to the lawsuit, Daube was walking in her neighborhood on Oct. 13, 2020, when…

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Suit alleges truck driver caused Interstate 64 collision

A Swansea woman is suing Norseman Trucking, alleging one of its employees caused a rear-end collision on Interstate 64. Plaintiff Rachel Tribout filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Norseman Trucking, Inc and one of its employees Ricky Allen Jindra, citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 15, Tribout was traveling…

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Construction worker allegedly injured at St. Louis Major League Soccer stadium

Several construction companies are being sued after a drywall worker was allegedly injured at the construction site of the St. Louis Major League Soccer stadium. Plaintiffs Adam and Michaela Cassulo filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against defendants J.F. Electric Group, Keeley Construction Group Inc., Alberici Constructors, Inc, M.A. Mortenson Company, The Kwame Building Group, Inc….

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Motorist alleges Amazon delivery driver drove wrong way, fled from collision

A motorist claims he and his daughter were run off the road by an Amazon delivery driver who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 255. Plaintiff Devin Allen filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendant XSeed Delivery LLC and its employee, Marcus Holloway. According to the lawsuit, Allen was traveling on highway 255 while his…

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