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Patient dismisses doctor, nurse practitioner in suit alleging chemical burns

A doctor and a nurse practitioner have been dismissed from a patient’s lawsuit alleging she suffered chemical burns when trichloroacetic acid was used on her arm instead of rubbing alcohol. Plaintiff Emily Schulte filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss defendants Dennis Hurford, M.D., and Kelly Murray, NP, with prejudice and each party bearing their own costs. Her claims against Gateway…

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New legislation aims to allow patients to sue health insurance companies

If you want to sue your health insurance company in federal court because they denied your claim or they’re not paying your medical bills in a timely fashion, chances are you can’t. But some Democrats want to change that. Many of the major health insurance companies have what are called mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts, which require patients to…

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Split COA rules for Michigan City on injured cyclist’s negligence claim

A split Indiana Court of Appeals panel has affirmed judgment for Michigan City after a cyclist was injured on a city street, finding the city was immune from the cyclist’s negligence claim. A dissenting judge, however, would have reversed on the issue of immunity. In the spring of 2017, Michigan City officials determined Duneland Beach Drive needed to be resurfaced,…

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Indiana Cop Was Speeding Before Hitting, Killing Pregnant Woman: Lawsuit

An Indianapolis police officer was speeding and made an illegal lane change just before his patrol car struck and killed a pregnant woman last year near a highway ramp, the woman’s boyfriend alleges in a federal lawsuit. Attorneys for Marcus Lewis Jr. allege that Officer Jonathan Henderson was driving 33 mph over the speed limit moments before he hit 23-year-old…

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Tenant alleges injuries after allegedly falling through mobile home floor

A renter who allegedly fell through the floor in his mobile home claims his landlord ignored numerous requests to repair the floor. Thomas Ackerman filed a complaint May 25 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Mohammed Jalali, doing business as Lake Shore Estates alleging negligence. Ackerman, who was a tenant at the defendant’s mobile home park in Granite City,…

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Perspectives: Tips for rebutting COVID-19 presumption

Numerous states have enacted COVID-19 presumptions for first responders and essential workers, while many others are considering enacting similar legislation. These presumptions allow employees who contract COVID-19 to meet their burden that the contraction arose out of and in the course of employment. Several states, including Minnesota, New Jersey, California and Alaska, have enacted COVID-19 presumption statutes but have not…

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