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Bus passenger alleges driver slammed the brakes, causing her to fall

A passenger is suing Madison County Mass Transit District, alleging she was injured when the driver suddenly slammed on the brakes. Trudy Murray filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against the Agency for Community Transit, Inc. doing business as Madison County Mass Transit District (MCT), citing negligence. According to the lawsuit, Murray was a passenger on a…

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Chiropractic care can lead to lower comp costs: WCRI

States that give injured workers control over selecting their medical providers are among those with the highest prevalence of chiropractic care, which data shows can lead to lower workers compensation costs, according to a report released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization, as part of a long-term project studying physical medicine as an alternative to…

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Former Norfolk Southern employee claims truck brakes caught fire, causing tire to explode

A former Norfolk Southern Railway employee alleges he suffered injuries when the brakes on a company truck caught fire. Frank Krager filed a complaint on April 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, alleging negligence. According to his complaint, Krager was working for Norfolk Southern near Troy on Feb. 17, 2021. He alleges he was…

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Tenant alleges injuries when apartment balcony collapsed

A tenant claims he was injured when his apartment balcony collapsed because it was not properly attached to the building. Brandon Sargent filed a complaint April 18 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Rigoni Properties LLC, alleging premises liability and negligence. According to the complaint, Sargent was standing on the second rear exterior balcony at the defendant’s apartment complex…

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Angry trial judge calls for changes to civil litigation system: Insurance companies faulted for pursuing frivolous claims

By the third paragraph of the April order granting summary judgment to the defendants, Carroll Circuit Judge Benjamin Diener showed his frustration by declaring, “The civil litigation process in Indiana is broken.” The ruling was issued in a personal injury case brought by Penny Chappey and her husband Gregory Chappey after she fell off the flatbed of a tow truck….

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Severity, cost of comp claims on the rise

The workers compensation sector remains a relatively stable and profitable segment of the commercial insurance industry, but some claims are getting pricier and concerns over severity are rising. While a years-long focus on workplace safety and legislative changes has reined in workers comp costs, and the frequency of claims continues to decline, experts say a confluence of factors is driving…

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Driver alleges tire, rim from truck struck his vehicle, causing spinal injuries

A motorist claims he suffered disabling spinal cord injuries when an inflated rim and tire from a tanker trailer struck his vehicle on Interstate 55. Carlettas McBride filed a complaint on April 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Quality Carriers Inc., Michael V. Moore and Triple JP Enterprise. McBride alleges in the complaint…

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Civil engineer denies liability in Amazon building collapse, alleges delivery driver ‘voluntarily assumed’ risk by working in ‘unsafe conditions’

Civil engineering and land surveying firm Stock & Associates argues that it provided services for the lot upon which an Edwardsville Amazon facility was built and should not be held liable for the building’s collapse during a deadly EF-3 tornado in December. On April 22, attorney Mitchel Torrence of Clausen Miller PC in Chicago filed an answer on behalf of…

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New employees account for more than a third of workplace injuries

Thirty-five percent of workplace injuries occur during a worker’s first year on the job, regardless of age or experience, according to a report released Monday by Travelers Cos. Inc. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer analyzed more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims over a five-year period (2015-2019). Some of the most common causes of injuries in the first year included overexertion,…

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