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Patient alleges Red Bud hospital failed to diagnose spinal infection

A former patient has filed a negligence lawsuit against the Red Bud Regional Hospital, claiming its staff failed to properly diagnose an infection in his spine. Plaintiff Brian Clark filed a lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Rosanne Sutter, Red Bud Physician Group, LLC, and Red Bud Illinois Hospital Company, LLC doing business as Red Bud…

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Depression, anxiety increase among injured workers: Medrisk

Injured workers self-reporting anxiety and depression increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with numbers jumping “significantly” between 2019 and 2020 and not returning to pre-pandemic rates in 2022 as the pandemic waned, according to an industry trends report released Tuesday by Medrisk Inc. In 2019, 24.4% of injured workers reported they had anxiety, 19.8% reported depression and 14.8…

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Lack of coordination of care for injured workers results in more rehab costs

Less coordination of care was found to be a factor in injured workers who relied on “extended” physical rehabilitation post-injury, according to a study released Wednesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. According to WCRI, physical medicine services are commonly used in treating workers with lower back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries, and in recent years, there has been an…

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Woman sues Granite City QuickTrip over parking lot slip, fall

A woman is suing a Granite City QuikTrip after allegedly slipping and injuring herself in the parking lot. Plaintiff Theresa Branch filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against QuikTrip Corporation and Realty Income Properties Two, LLC, alleging negligence. According to the lawsuit, on April 14, 2018, Branch was a patron at a QuikTrip location in Granite City….

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Comp back patients report lower function following physical therapy

Injured workers with low back pain whose injuries are covered by workers compensation insurers and employers reported the lowest improvements in function following physical therapy than patients covered by all other payment systems, according to study released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The data used in the study was collected at admission and discharge from low back pain…

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Bill addresses comp awards on subsequent spinal injuries

A bill that would limit awards for subsequent workplace injuries to the “same part of the spine” was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday. H.B. 2345 would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act, stating that “for purposes of computing compensation for an employee who had a prior compensated injury to the spine, the prior compensation shall be deducted from…

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