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Timothy Malloy

Retail injuries in focus as holiday shopping season emerges

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High rates of employee turnover and a young workforce may be behind increases in workplace injuries reported in the retail sector, but male employees and aging workers are cost drivers in retail workers compensation, according to two reports released in November detailing injury and illness rates for retail workers in 2018. Occupational injury and illness rates for all industries have…

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Worker not entitled to new benefits, injury linked to ongoing medical condition, appeals court rules

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An employee has failed to persuade an appeals court that his workers’ compensation claim was linked to a new injury that happened in the course of his employment. The Fifth District Appellate Court, in an order filed Nov. 6, affirmed a decision by a lower court that confirmed a ruling by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in a case taken…

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Lack of transparency remains issue in comp pharmacy

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A lack of transparency in workers compensation pharmacy continues to be an issue for much of the industry, according to a CompPharma study released Tuesday. Opioid prescriptions and overall pharmacy spend declined between 2017 and 2018, reported Maggie Valley, North Carolina-based CompPharma in its 16th annual Survey of Prescription Drug Management in Workers Compensation study. However, 83% of the survey…

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Safer workplaces, policy changes behind comp indemnity drops

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Compared with rising medical costs, cash benefits paid to injured workers are continuing to decline, which experts peg to safer workplaces curbing injury severity and time away and legislative changes that make it tougher to claim workers compensation among the reasons. “We’ve been doing an outstanding job in modernizing workers compensation and taking a lot of waste and abuse out…

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Home Depot disputes shopper’s complaint, argues plaintiff’s negligence led to injuries

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A customer alleges he was injured after being hit by poorly stacked wood during a visit to The Home Depot in Collinsville. Home Depot argues the customer contributed to the incident because of his own negligence. Mitchell Adams filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court, alleging he suffered injuries when he was struck by the wooden planks as he walked…

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Workers’ Compensation Medical Payments in Illinois Higher Compared with Other Study States

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The average medical payment per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Illinois was more than 15 percent higher than the median of 18 states studied, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). For 2017 claims (at 12 months), the average medical payment per workers’ compensation claim was 15 percent higher than…

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Slips, falls lead to highest comp payouts in retail: AmTrust

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Retail industry workers miss an average of 24 days of work due to injuries, according to a report released Thursday by AmTrust Financial Services Inc. The average loss due to injury paid to retail workers is $11,641 for men and $7,030 for women, according to New York-based AmTrust’s Retail Risk Report, which analyzed 20,000 workers compensation insurance claims from its…

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Worker injuries, illnesses unchanged in 2018: BLS

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Nonfatal occupational illnesses and injuries held steady in 2018, marking the first time since 2009 that they did not decline, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. Private employers reported 900,380 occupational injuries or illnesses that caused a worker to miss a day of work in 2018, and 2.8 instances of occupational illnesses or injuries per 100 full-time equivalent workers…

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Worker sacked one week after suffering workplace injury, compensation claim, suit says

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A worker claims his employment was terminated after he made a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Lyle Tonnon, who currently lives in Green Bay, Wisc., filed suit Sept. 30 against Belleville company Royalty Tech following his termination on Feb. 27, a week after he suffered a workplace injury. Tonnon is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus other amounts including…

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