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Physician accused of failing to treat, diagnose bone fracture

A woman claims a physician failed to diagnose and treat her bone fracture, allegedly causing her to suffer extensive injuries. Jerilee Morris-Garrison filed a complaint Feb. 23 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Nidal Shawahin, M.D., Fariview Heights Medical Group SC, BJC Medical Group Internal Medicine at Belleville and BJC Medical Group of Illinois, alleging negligence. Morris-Garrison alleges…

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NSAIDs account for a third of all comp drugs dispensed: CWCI

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories now account for more than a third of all drugs dispensed to injured workers, and just two NSAIDs account for two-thirds of prescription payments in that drug category, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Workers Compensation Institute. Oakland, California-based CWCI analyzed changes in the distribution of workers comp prescriptions and prescription payments in the state…

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Curbside delivery, remote work change risks

The renewal process for 2021 included several changes spurred by the pandemic, as companies changed workers’ job duties and insurers wanted to know more about what was being done to manage risks associated with COVID-19. Much depended on the type of business involved, said JoEllen Thelen, St. Louis-based middle market practice leader for the central region for Aon PLC. “With…

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Workers’ Compensation and COVID: More Data on Evolving Claims

Workers’ compensation insurers aren’t getting the large aggregate volumes of COVID-related claims projected during the early months of the pandemic, but different data sources give varying readouts on developments for individual U.S. states and classes of workers. In fact, while claim frequencies are down for workers’ compensation overall with business shutdowns bringing lower numbers of non-COVID claims, and while the…

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Illinois Bill Would Move Workers’ Comp Fraud Probes to Insurance Department

A bill filed in the Illinois General Assembly would transfer the responsibilities for investigating workers’ compensation fraud to the state insurance department. Under HB 2947, the pending business of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Insurance Compliance Division would be transferred to the Illinois Department of Insurance. he change would transfer “all powers, duties, rights, responsibilities, personnel, books, records, papers, documents,…

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Lawmakers introduce PTSD, privacy act comp bills

Lawmakers in Illinois will consider making post-traumatic stress disorder compensable for certain first responders under a bill presented on Friday. H.B. 3081 states that “post-traumatic stress disorder is to be rebuttably presumed to arise out of and to be causally connected to the hazards of employment” for firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Lawmakers also read H.B. 3697, which states…

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