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Brain-injury comp claims cost more than twice other types: NCCI

Brain-injury workers compensation claims cost more than double other types of lost-time claims, according to a report released Friday by the National Council for Compensation Insurance. The report said that among active claims between 2013 and 2018, 15% of permanent-injury total claims included a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is defined as physical trauma to the head that alters…

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Woman alleges Belleville hospital, surgeon failed to treat, diagnose condition

A woman claims Memorial Hospital Belleville and one of its surgeons failed to properly treat and diagnose her condition. Lauren Theuerkauf filed a complaint Feb. 4 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Eric Snook, DPM, Associated Foot Surgeons of Belleville LTD and Protestant Memorial Medical Center Inc., individually and doing business as Memorial Hospital Belleville, alleging negligence. According…

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Illinois bill would clarify compensability of travel-related injuries

Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would clarify that injuries sustained by employees while traveling to and from work do not arise out of and in the course of employment except under a few circumstances. H.B. 2965 would modify existing statutes to clarify that an accident while traveling to and from the workplace is not compensable. The bill…

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Indiana COVID-19 Lawsuit Shield Legislation Sent to Governor

A bill giving Indiana businesses and others broad protections from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19 has been given final approval by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated state Senate voted 39-7 to send the bill to GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has endorsed the proposal. House members voted last week to approve the bill, which is a top priority…

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Refinery laborer burned in explosion sues Phillips 66

A laborer who suffered second degree burns during an explosion at a Phillips 66 refinery is accusing the company of negligence. Michael Clark filed a complaint Feb. 1 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Phillips 66 Company, alleging negligence. According to his complaint, Clark was working as a laborer for GRP/Wegman at Phillips 66’s South Roxana refinery distilling unit…

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Motorist alleges car dealership display blocked view, causing collision

A motorist claims she crashed into another driver who turned in front of her on Camp Jackson Road because a Cahokia Motors car display obstructed her view. Anessia Brown filed a complaint Jan. 27 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Amaira Burner and Cahokia Motors Inc., alleging negligence. Brown alleges in her complaint that she was traveling East…

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Indiana Company Fined $14K Following Death of 3 Workers in Manhole

State regulators have fined an excavating company $14,400 for workplace safety violations discovered after three workers, including a father and son, died in August while working on a northeastern Indiana sewer project. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposed the fine on Jan. 29 against Fort Wayne-based Crosby Excavating Inc. after an inspection found three “serious” safety violations and…

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Indiana Lawmakers Fast-Track COVID-19 Lawsuit Shield

Indiana legislators are poised to finalize a fast-tracked proposal that will give a broad shield protecting businesses and others from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19. The proposal is a top priority of Republican legislative leaders and GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb even though supporters don’t point to any such lawsuits in the state. Supporters maintain that the liability…

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