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September 2018

Companies Seek to Raise Awareness About Driver Safety Importance

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The combination of highway traffic congestion and winter weather in densely populated urban regions such as Chicago and the poor road conditions in some parts of rural Illinois can make driving in Illinois a hazardous task. And in spite of the implementation of highway safety programs such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Don’t Text and Drive, and Click…

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Appeals panel revives woman’s lawsuit vs Kmart over Black Friday trip, fall over empty basket

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A state appeals court has revived a woman’s lawsuit against Kmart, saying the retailer can be sued because the judge could not clearly discount the woman’s account of how she came to trip over an empty shopping basket in her path on the floor of a Rockford store on Black Friday 2013. The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled Aug….

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Attorney General Candidates Air Views on Work Comp Reforms

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Workers’ compensation reform became an issue during an appearance by the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois attorney general during a forum in Normal on Wednesday, according to press reports. The Chicago Tribune reported that Republican candidate Erika Harold supports business-friendly reforms proposed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is running for re-election. That brought a rebuke by Democratic challenger…

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Stalled Illinois captive reform measure may revive by year-end

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Illinois’ efforts to become a more favorable captive domicile may have stalled, but they could resurface later this year when the legislature starts its next session, experts say. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week issued an amendatory veto of S.B. 1737 — legislation that would overhaul a number of provisions in the Illinois Insurance Code — because of concerns that…

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COA cautions against claiming controversy amount limits

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The Indiana Court of Appeals cautioned against plaintiffs proclaiming amounts in controversy will not exceed $75,000 unless they can be held to their word when it ruled in a semitruck crash case Tuesday. In July 2015, two semi-tractor trailers collided on Interstate 465, injuring one of the drivers, Julian Hayes, who later sued the other driver, William Harr, and Harr’s…

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Apria Healthcare sued after oxygen tank allegedly falls, injures patient

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A man is suing Apria Healthcare, claiming an oxygen tank allegedly fell and struck him. Kurt Horvath filed a complaint on Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging they failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations. The plaintiff alleges on Sept. 20, 2016, he was severely injured and will continue to suffer pain, discomfort, impairment,…

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Illinois Governor Sends Workers’ Comp Bill Back to Lawmakers

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed, with recommended changes, a workers’ compensation measure that would have allowed for interest to be paid on delayed payment in disputes between insurers and medical service providers. In his letter explaining his veto action, Rauner stated: “SB 904, as approved by the General Assembly, proposes changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act to: 1) provide…

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