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April 2019

Seriously injured truck driver’s suit against Celadon reinstated

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A semi-truck driver who was seriously injured after the contents of his trailer fell on him upon opening the door after transport won partial judgment against the trucking company responsible for loading the trailer when an appellate panel found the company owed him a duty of care. Paul Wilkes, an over-the-road truck driver for Knight Transport, was dispatched in January…

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Workers comp prescription drug spending down in 2018

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Workers compensation payers disbursed 3.8% less for prescriptions in 2018, including a 15% drop in opioids, due to a decline in utilization and overall cost per prescription, according to a drug trends report released Thursday by MyMatrixx, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Co. Overall, 65.9% of comp payers spent less on opioids in 2018, with 17.7% of injured workers…

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Motorists File Suits over Damage from Potholes on I-69 in Indiana

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Dozens of drivers have filed tort claims seeking money from the state of Indiana after their cars were damaged while driving on a 15-mile (24 kilometers), pothole-afflicted section of Interstate 69. The problematic stretch of highway extends between mile markers 219 in Pendleton and 234 in Daleville, The Star Press reported. Forty claimants are pursuing damages for repairs to brake…

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Workers’ comp bill on Pritzker’s desk will expose more companies to asbestos lawsuits, attorney says

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Some companies may be exposed to more asbestos lawsuits under proposed legislation now on Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker’s desk. The legislation, Senate Bill 1596, which has passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, attempts to overturn a 2015 Illinois Supreme Court ruling in Folta v. Ferro Engineering, which essentially barred the plaintiff from suing in civil court and upheld…

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Indiana House approves amended worksite safety bill

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The Indiana House on Wednesday unanimously approved amendments to a bill that would fine Indiana employers up to $132,598 for a worksite fatality stemming from workplace safety standard violations, according to the state’s legislative website. The Senate unanimously passed H.B. 1341 on April 2. The bill amends Indiana code on workplace safety, which stipulates fines of $7,000 to $70,000 for…

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ASSP proposes ways to bring more women into safety roles

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Increasing the availability of personal protective equipment for women are among keys to bringing and advancing more women in safety roles in organizations, according to a report released Thursday by the American Society of Safety Professionals. Other areas to focus include offering more advancement opportunities to women and reducing violence against women at work, according to the report, which the…

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Top 10 Causes of Most Serious Workplace Injuries

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The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index documents the top 10 causes of the most serious workplace injuries – those causing an employee to miss five or more days from work – and ranks them by their direct cost to employers, which consists of medical and lost-wage payments. The insurer’s report also identifies the top causes of serious workplace injuries…

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Lawsuit accuses owner of SUV for leaving his car running, allowing it to be stolen, crashed, killing woman

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A woman is seeking damages following the death of her daughter who was killed in a car accident. Katherine Roach, as special administrator of the estate of Jada Woodard, filed a complaint on March 18 in Cook County Circuit Court against Sander Y. Castro, Max Barnes and Tequia Bellanger. According to the complaint,Woodard died after a 2013 Dodge Durango was…

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COA reverses civil ruling for alleged drunken driver

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The victim of an alleged drunken driving accident will have the opportunity to seek punitive damages after the Indiana Court of Appeals determined summary judgment for the allegedly drunken driver was not appropriate. After drinking nearly three beers while driving from Hobart to Valparaiso, Ronald Brown rear-ended Ismael Alicea and fled the scene. Despite later lying to a sheriff’s deputy…

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