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June 2019

Chicago mayor announces reforms to city’s comp system

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Chicago’s mayor plans to impose “sweeping” reforms to the city’s workers compensation program by partnering with insurer Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the city has contracted with Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based Gallagher Bassett to implement changes to the workers comp system that aim to improve services for injured workers and reduce fraud, waste and abuse in…

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Instructor’s Comp Claim Rejected Following Classroom Attack

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A Chicago State University instructor said a claims examiner rejected his workers’ comp claim for injuries he suffered when a man attacked him during an accounting class. Richard Arredondo, 62, said he suffered back, neck and emotional injuries from the attack on April 25. A man entered the classroom and began staring at female students, WBBM Newsradio reported. The intruder…

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Chicago to Hire Outside Firm to Operate Workers Comp Program

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In another move to reform how the city conducts its business, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will transfer day-to-day control of its $100 million-per-year city workers’ compensation program to a private company. IN another move to reform how the city conducts its business, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will transfer day-to-day control of its $100 million-per-year workers’ compensation program to…

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Blind octogenarian dies after choking on candy at South Side nursing home: lawsuit

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A blind nursing home resident who struggled to swallow solid food and required supervision while eating died after choking on a piece of hard candy at the South Side facility where she lived, a lawsuit alleges. Christine Young, an 89-year-old resident of Symphony of Morgan Park, 10935 S. Halsted St., died March 25, 2015, after choking on a piece of…

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Lawyer stands behind his own rollover crash tests courts ruled inadmissible

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New Albany attorney Dave Scott wanted to prove a point when he strapped himself behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer that was pushed down an embankment, violently rolling over multiple times. Just to be safe, he later buckled into another Explorer that again was tipped over and sent careening roof over wheels, rolling three times. “The theory of…

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Comp insurers ramp up disaster preparedness, response

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Workers compensation insurers face significant challenges ensuring their comp claimants continue to receive the care and benefits they need in the aftermath of a disaster, particularly as their own employees struggle with the effects of natural catastrophes, experts say. The 2019 hurricane season officially began Saturday, but the United States has already experienced a number of natural catastrophes this year,…

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States with Fee Schedules Have Lower Medical Costs for Injured Workers, WCRI Finds

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Medical treatment for injured workers costs more and prices are growing faster in states that don’t have fee schedules, concludes a new study. The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute studied 30 states without fee schedules and found the prices paid in 2018 for professional services — to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists — were 39 to 171 percent higher than the…

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Illinois Women Plead Guilty in $1.7M Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

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Two Chicago, Illinois, women have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) of $1.7 million by falsely billing for services on a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week basis for more than seven years, the U.S. Department of Justice reported. Ella Garner, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy…

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