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Motorist alleges injuries from raceway parking lot collision

A motorist claims he was injured when another driver rear-ended his vehicle multiple times in the World Wide Technology Raceway parking grounds. Randall Snider filed the complaint Sept. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Alan Schakel. According to the complaint, Snider was operating a 2013 Pontiac Grand Prix on the parking grounds of…

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Federal marijuana legislation prompts safety concerns

A group of industry associations, medical groups and safety organizations are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to hold hearings about potential workplace safety impacts if marijuana is federally decriminalized. The National Safety Council and 21 other groups sent a letter to the House on Wednesday over concerns that the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, also known…

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Liability threat could prompt self-insured to OK COVID-19 comp claims

Self-insured employers facing the threat of COVID-19 workplace safety litigation could opt to accept infection workers compensation claims, as exclusive remedy clauses could provide better protection from expensive lawsuits later on, according to legal experts. “Liability is scary because there are no caps,” said Mike Fish, Birmingham, Alabama-based founding member of the comp defense firm Fish Nelson & Holden LLC…

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Lower medical cost, shorter disability with early PT

More workers with lower back pain are receiving physical therapy to treat their workplace injuries, and that therapy is leading to shorter durations of disability and lower medical costs, according to a study released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. Researchers at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI examined 26,000 low-back workers comp claims with more than seven days of lost time…

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Patient claims untreated infection caused permanent injury

A man claims an infection was misdiagnosed and left untreated by St. Elizabeth’s Hospital medical staff, resulting in permanent injury. Gerald Vardiman filed a complaint Aug. 20 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kevin McCarthy, M.D., Michael Brazelton, P.A., Amanda Zhang, M.D., and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of The Third Order of St. Francis, doing business as HSHS St….

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Woman alleges injuries from slip, fall at physician’s office

A woman claims she suffered injuries when she slipped near a drinking fountain while visiting her physician’s office. Katherine Hunt filed a complaint Aug. 28 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Granite City Illinois Hospital Company LLC, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Hunt alleges that while visiting her physician’s office on Sept. 11, 2018, in the Wolfe Building…

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Mega workers comp claims continue to grow at faster pace

The surge in workers compensation “mega claims” of at least $3 million continues as medical treatments and technologies advance, according to research by ratings bureaus around the country. While mega claims comprise a statistically small percentage of all workers comp claims, claims are reaching the mega threshold more quickly, primarily because of the associated costs of technological advances in medicine….

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