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COVID claims less costly than non-COVID claims: WCIRB

In the first year of the pandemic, COVID-19 claims in workers compensation made up roughly 1/10th of claims and on average were less costly than non-COVID claims in almost every state, according to new analysis published Wednesday by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The COVID-19’s Impact on Workers Compensation report sourced data from 45 jurisdictions representing $630…

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Motorist allegedly turned in front of traffic, caused Bethalto crash

A motorist is being sued for allegedly causing a crash after turning in front of oncoming traffic in Bethalto. Jessica and Andrew Sarver filed a complaint on Nov. 22 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Jacob Mennemeier. According to the complaint, on Nov. 27, 2019, Jessica Sarver were driving southbound on South Moreland Road when Mennemeier, who was driving…

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Asthmatic worker exposed to gas fumes denied compensation

An appeals court in Illinois on Monday affirmed a previously overturned ruling denying workers compensation benefits for a gas journeyman with pre-existing asthma who was exposed to toxic fumes. Ricky A. Duncan, an employee at Ameren Corp. in Springfield, Illinois, was diagnosed with a “permanent and irreversible condition” of “severe irritant induced workplace associated bronchial reactivity” after inhaling gas fumes…

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Schnucks denies liability in suit alleging slip, fall at Belleville store

The Belleville Schnucks claims a customer caused her own injuries when she failed to keep a proper lookout before allegedly slipping on a foreign substance on the floor. Theresa Collins filed the complaint in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Schnuck Markets Inc. The suit was filed through attorneys Brady McAninch and John Hipskind of Hipskind & McAninch LLC in…

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Maintenance company claims Walmart customer caused her own injuries in icy slip, fall suit

The company responsible for maintaining an O’Fallon Walmart parking lot argues that a customer caused her own injuries when she slipped and fell on the open and obvious condition of ice and snow. Kiara Gomiller filed the complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Washington Prime Group Inc. and KLM Commercial Sweeping Inc. The suit was filed through…

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COA: Roadside tech struck by tire entitled to underinsured-motorist benefits

An auto insurance company couldn’t convince the Court of Appeals of Indiana to change its mind about allowing a roadside assistance worker to receive underinsured-motorist coverage after he was injured while working. Zachary Shipley was injured on the job as a roadside tire technician in 2018. Driving a van owned by his employer, R & H Tire, Shipley went to…

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Motorist alleges tractor trailer driver caused collision on I-270

A motorist claims a tractor trailer driver sideswiped his vehicle on Interstate 270, causing him to suffer injuries. Jerry Lamont Young filed a complaint Nov. 12 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Jim Douglas Matson and Lembeck Enterprises LLC, alleging negligence. According to his complaint, Young was driving a Chevy Impala and traveling on Interstate 270 in Edwardsville on…

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