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Suit alleges Caseyville nursing home patient developed bed sores due to negligence

A man is suing Caseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on the behalf of an elderly woman, alleging she developed bed sores due to negligence. Plaintiff Kenneth Franklin, acting as guardian for Janice D. Love, a disabled person, filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against defendant Caseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC., citing negligence. According to the…

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Woman claims defective walker sold on Amazon caused her to fall and become paraplegic

A woman who claims she became paraplegic after falling from a walker is suing the manufacturer, medical providers and Amazon for selling her the product. Plaintiffs Amy Pashea and John Pashea filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against manufacturer Comodita, LLC, Robert Scanlon, M.D., Sandra Grochowski, M.D., and Anderson Hospital, Inc. According to the lawsuit, Amy…

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Belleville father alleges that his son was injured by a vicious dog, sues owners

A Belleville man is suing a couple alleging that their dog attacked and injured his son. Plaintiff Michael Green, father and legal guardian of Andyn Green, filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against defendants Alexandra and Jarrod Leatherwood, citing negligence and carelessness. According to the lawsuit, on May 24, 2021, the plaintiff’s child Andyn was just…

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Staph infection presumption a growing trend

A push to make staph infections a compensable, occupational illness is underway, with Illinois lawmakers passing legislation in 2021 and New York considering similar measures this year. Caused by the bacteria methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, staph infections are common in health care settings, where they are compensable under workers compensation law in many states. The latest trend, however, is…

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Causation questions limit COVID comp claims

Many COVID-19-related workers compensation claims are denied, according to recent data that shows a third to half are deemed to not involve workplace contraction of the virus. Often workers don’t press the claims after the initial denial and experts say questions over compensability have kept claim counts and costs low. “The trend is that most employers are denying claims because…

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Belleville nursing home employee alleges retaliation over work comp claim

A former Belleville nursing home employee claims she was wrongfully terminated after filing a worker’s compensation claim. Kelnesha Nelson filed a complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against St Paul’s Senior Community LLC, doing business as St. Paul’s Senior Community. According to Nelson’s complaint, she was an employee at St. Paul’s Senior Community in Belleville on Oct. 16,…

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Patient alleges negligent care caused her gastrointestinal surgery complications

Gateway Regional Medical Center and others are facing a lawsuit from a patient who alleges she suffered complications from gastrointestinal surgery. Melissa Porter and Robert Porter filed a complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kurt Sprunger, M.D., Center for Gastrointestinal Health and Gateway Regional Medical Center, alleging negligence. The plaintiffs allege in their complaint that the defendants…

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UPS driver sues Edwardsville homeowners over dog attack

A UPS delivery driver is suing the owners of a dog, following an alleged attack in Edwardsville. Plaintiff Toby Gvillo filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendant Jeff Hasty, citing negligence in violation of the state’s Animal Control Act. According to the lawsuit, Gvillo was employed with UPS to drive a delivery truck and deliver packages….

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Madison County jury awards woman $427K in suit involving New Poag Road collision

A Madison County jury awarded a woman more than $427,661 in a lawsuit alleging she was injured in a crash at the intersection of New Poag Road and N. University Drive. On May 11, jurors entered a verdict in favor of plaintiff Kendra Ross-Wall following a three-day trial in Madison County Circuit Judge Christopher Threlkeld’s courtroom. Ross-Wall was awarded $427,661.20…

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