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Mother claims school nurse gave her daughter wrong dose of diabetic medication

A mother is claiming an East St. Louis School District nurse gave her diabetic daughter the wrong dose of medication, which caused the child to pass out, fall and suffer fractures. Tiffany Thompson, individually and on behalf of minor W.T., filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against East St. Louis School District No. 189…

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More Illinois Auto Crashes with Deer Expected as Mating Season Begins

Illinois motorists should beware of more deer activity this time of year, particularly at dawn and dusk. Officials from the Illinois Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation note that it’s deer mating season, meaning more deer will be on the move, and crossing roads. Transportation Secretary Omer Osman urges motorists to be watchful and remember the rule, “Don’t veer for…

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Motorist sues TA Operating, driver over Route 111 collision

A couple is suing TA Operating claiming one of its employees negligently caused a collision that resulted in injuries. Lynnetta Byrd and Demetrice Leonard filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the Madison County Circuit Court against TA Operating LLC and Ian Reker, alleging negligence. According to their complaint, Byrd and Demetrice were traveling on Illinois Route 111 on Aug. 14….

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Shopper sues over slip, fall on yellow painted lines in Wal-Mart parking lot

A shopper is suing the Carlinville Wal-Mart after she allegedly became distracted and slipped and fell on the yellow painted lines in the parking lot. Deborah Huff filed the complaint Sept. 15 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Inc., Travis Miller and Morgan’s Striping Service Inc. The suit states that Miller owns, operates, manages or maintains the…

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Indiana Sheriff Will Pay Settlement in Shoving Lawsuit

A northeastern Indiana sheriff has agreed to pay $55,000 to cover the county’s settlement of a lawsuit over allegations that he shoved a 15-year-old boy during a festival. Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux said this past week he apologized for the altercation, calling it an “unnecessary and preventable incident.” The County Council voted earlier to pay settlement in a federal…

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Purdue Report: 21 Work-Related Deaths on Indiana Farms in 2019

Indiana had 21 work-related deaths on farms deaths last year, the fewest number of documented cases since 2013, Purdue University announced on Sept. 22. Three of the victims were children under the age of 5, while 11 were 60 or older, Purdue’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program announced. “Every one of these lives mattered to someone. Each one was an…

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Employers grapple with COVID-19 presumption laws

Employers nationwide are following the legislative push to accept COVID-19 claims by presumption in workers compensation, changes that aren’t necessarily guaranteeing that such infectious disease claims will be greenlighted but instead promise a surge in litigation and confusion, experts say. Given the new laws’ many nuances, employers are “worried about staying on top” of the presumption trend, said Ralph Touch,…

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Comp act does not bar claims for biometric violations

The exclusivity provisions of the Illinois Workers Compensation Act do not bar a worker’s claims for statutory damages for violating her rights under a state biometric privacy law, an appellate court held Friday. In McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park LLC, the Illinois Court of Appeals, Fifth District unanimously answered that a class of workers could proceed with their claims of…

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Jury trial set in suit alleging truck driver died from dry ice

A jury trial has been scheduled for Nov. 1, 2021 in a lawsuit alleging a truck driver died while transporting strawberries in dry ice. Paula Johnson, individually and as administrator of the estate of Eric Johnson, filed the original complaint Nov. 14 against Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., PFD Supply Corporation and Polar Tech Industries. She later filed a second amended…

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