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Former Glen Carbon police officer alleges retaliation for workers’ compensation claim over COVID-19 cleaning chemicals

A former Glen Carbon police officer alleges he was fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim after suffering respiratory problems from the COVID-19 fogger disinfectant used in Village buildings. Bronson Painter filed a complaint Aug. 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Village of Glen Carbon, IL., Todd A. Link, individually and in his official capacity alleging violation of…

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‘Long COVID’ presents comp conundrum

Long-term health issues following a COVID-19 diagnosis will likely affect workers compensation claims acceptance, management and disability indefinitely, experts say. Under the catch-all phrase “long COVID,” symptoms include fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, joint or muscle pain, and difficulty concentrating. At least one study (see box) found 55 possible long-term effects of COVID-19. “Navigating a patient through long COVID…

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Abbott, Mead Johnson accused of failing to warn of formula dangers for premature infants

The parents of premature infants who suffered severe illness or death after being fed Similac and Enfamil formulas claim Abbott and Mead Johnson knew of the dangers and failed to provide warnings. Jennifer Cherry, on her own behalf and on behalf of her minor child Kaiden Robinson, Jamila Cornelius, on her own behalf and as representative of the estate of…

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Man accused of driving drunk in Porter County crash that injured two children

A 27-year-old Milwaukee man faces multiple charges in the wake of an alleged drunken driving crash Friday that left two 9-year-old passengers injured, according to charging documents. David Flores-Mejia, who appeared for an initial hearing Thursday morning before Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary DeBoer, is charged with felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and operating while…

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Nursing home resident allegedly dropped during transfer from wheelchair

A Madison County nursing and rehab facility is facing a suit after one of its employees dropped a patient during transfer from her wheelchair to her bed. Virginia Buklad filed a complaint Aug. 17 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Meridian Village Association, alleging negligence and violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. According to Buklad’s complaint, she…

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Why You Shouldn’t Bet Blindly on Uber or Lyft

Just when it looks like litigators are finally ready to leave companies like Uber Technologies and Lyft alone, POW! These outfits and their investors get blindsided. On Friday, Aug. 20, a California state judge ruled that Proposition 22 is unconstitutional. Prop 22, which was approved by the state’s voters in November, allows Uber and Lyft drivers to remain contractors rather…

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Motorist sues truck driver over Pontoon Beach rear end collision.

A motorist claims he and his minor children were injured in a rear end collision in Pontoon Beach. Marvin Moore filed a complaint Aug. 3 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Anthony Gillis and The Petroff Companies, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Moore claims he was driving on Illinois Route 111 near the entrance to Horseshoe Lake State…

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