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Suit alleges Enfamil, Similac cause long-term health effects for premature infants

A suit alleges a premature infant suffered long-term health effects as a result of being fed cow’s milk-based formula after birth. Angela Ogle and Desiree Ogle filed a complaint May 14 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Mead Johnson & Company LLC, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company and Abbott Laboratories, alleging strict liability for design defect and failure to warn,…

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Suit alleges Honeywell plant’s radioactive dust caused man’s cancer-related death

Honeywell is facing a wrongful death suit alleging radioactive dust from its nuclear plant in Metropolis caused a resident’s cancer. Shannon Dassign, individually and as executrix of Stephen Krueger, decedent, filed a complaint May 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois East St. Louis Division against Honeywell International Inc., alleging wrongful death. Dassign alleges in…

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Insurer alleges no duty to defend in construction workers’ injury claims

An insurance provider claims it has no duty to defend in a construction injury suit that involved two workers who were allegedly injured by collapsing trusses. Artisan and Truckers Casualty Co., filed a complaint May 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the Burlington Insurance Company, Southern Truss Inc., Douglas Forrest, Gaylon Cruse, individually…

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Drug costs per comp claim decline in most states: WCRI

Prescription payments per medical claim decreased by 15% or more in many states, but per claim payments remain high in some areas of the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. In its study of pharmaceutical costs per workers compensation claim in 28 states, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI found that states saw the median…

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Suit alleges Mead Johnson, Abbott failed to warn of formula risks with premature infants

The parents of a boy born prematurely are suing Mead Johnson and Abbott for allegedly failing to warn that their infant formula products could cause a serious gastrointestinal disorder and other health issues in premature infants. Destin Jupiter and Dana Jupiter filed a complaint May 7 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Mead Johnson & Company LLC, Mead Johnson…

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Intentional misclassification of construction workers causing concern

Workers on construction sites across Indiana can be found nailing plywall from atop scaffolds, scaling roofs or painting newly built homes. But what isn’t evident is whether those workers are part of a shady trend construction industry experts say is a serious concern — payroll tax fraud. Certain contractors in the construction industry will misclassify workers, falsely listing them as…

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Critics say Indiana COVID-19 law allows nursing home neglect

Advocates for nursing home residents say they worry a new Indiana law expanding COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers will effectively block many lawsuits over neglect and substandard treatment that weren’t caused by the pandemic. The new law applies retroactively to when Indiana’s first COVID-19 infections were reported in March 2020. The law was sought by the nursing home…

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Healthcare facility sued after resident fell out of wheelchair, allegedly suffered fatal injuries

A man is suing a Madison County healthcare facility after his mother fell out of a wheelchair, suffered injuries to her head and face and died about a week later. Dennis W. Davis, special administrator of the Estate of Glenda S. Davis, deceased, filed a complaint May 5 in the Madison County Circuit Court against University Care Center LLC, alleging…

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