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May 21, 2024

Man accuses Illinois Central Railroad Company of Negligence

May 21, 2024

Chicago jury orders downstate hospital system, dialysis clinic to pay $41M to lawyer who suffered stroke, paralysis

May 20, 2024

Court overturns denial of survivor benefits over fatal heart attack

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Workers' Compensation

Aging workers pose comp claims challenges

The aging U.S. workforce is a rising concern for employers and workers compensation insurers as older worker injury claims are more likely to contain comorbidities. Older workers usually have greater expertise than younger co-workers and are injured less frequently but they often have more preexisting health issues than younger workers, making comp claims more complex. As life expectancy increases and…
Personal Injury

Cook County jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $45M in talc powder asbestos verdict

A Chicago jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $45 million to the family of a woman who died after contracting mesothelioma, allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos in talc baby powder and other products. Johnson & Johnson says it will immediately appeal and believes it will overturn the verdict, which they day is not based in scientific evidence.…
Personal Injury

Suit filed over fatal US 40 head-on collision

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges a driver suffered fatal injuries in a head-on collision while attempting to turn on US 40. The lawsuit was filed in the Madison County Circuit Court by plaintiff Angela Jones, as special administrator of the estate of Braunnika Marble, deceased, Nicholas Maple, Gale Lee, as mother and next friend of minor Chasity Lee, and Gabriel…
Personal Injury

Motorist sued over fatal Godfrey crash

A lawsuit alleges a motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in a Godfrey crash. The lawsuit was flied in the Madison County Circuit Court by Monica Dean, as representative for Andere Millender, deceased, against Margaret Friedel. According to the complaint, Friedel was driving her vehicle on Feb. 4, 2024, when she negligently crashed into Millender's motorcycle on West Delmar Avenue near its…
Workers' Compensation

Municipal worker was ‘traveling employee’ during fall down stairs: Court

An Illinois appeals court ruled Friday that a municipal worker was entitled to workers compensation benefits after a work-related fall, finding the award proper because the man was a “traveling employee” at the time of the July 2018 incident. The Appellate Court of Illinois dismissed an appeal by the Town of Cicero, which fought a claim by blight inspector Michael…
Personal Injury

Objection: Dental patient allegedly ‘judge shopped’ after dismissing claim on eve of trial, refiling and seeking new judge

An Alton dentist and dental practice argue that Illinois Supreme Court precedent prohibits a former patient from “judge shopping” by voluntarily dismissing her complaint prior to trial, refiling it and then seeking a new judge. Edwardsville attorney Richard Hunsaker of Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen filed a motion to vacate Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Threlkeld’s order granting a substitution…
Personal Injury

Lake County family sues Gree for home fire, injuries caused by defective dehumidifier, subject to recalls, indictments

A Lake County family has filed suit against a Chinese manufacturer of dehumidifiers, saying a defective dehumidifier caught fire in their home and injured them, one of hundreds of costly incidents that led to a recall and criminal indictments. The lawsuit was filed March 21 in Chicago federal court against a group of affiliated companies, including Gree USA, Inc., Gree…

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