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Ban on Holding Cellphone While Driving Begins July 1 in Indiana

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Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure on March 18, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle. People violating the law after…

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Doctors on virus frontline seek protection from malpractice suits

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U.S. medical professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are lobbying policymakers for protection from potential malpractice lawsuits as hospitals triage care and physicians take on roles outside their specialties. State chapters of the powerful American Medical Association and other groups representing health care providers have been pressing governors for legal cover for decisions made in crisis-stricken emergency rooms….

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Patient alleges injuries from robotic-assisted surgery

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A patient claims her common bile duct was “transected” during a robotic-assisted surgery. Heather Fleming filed suit March 5 in Madison County Circuit Court against Alton Multispecialists and Christian Hospital Northwest-Northeast. The plaintiff, from Jersey County in Illinois, claims she went to the hospital on June 10, 2018, suffering from severe abdominal plan. Doctors at the hospital allegedly recommended that…

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Parents of Collinsville student sue over alleged injury in gym class

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The parents of a child allegedly injured in a gymnastics class have filed suit against the school district. Adam and Jean Sampson filed suit March 6 in Madison County Circuit Court against Collinsville Community School District 10 on behalf of their minor child, a student at Collinsville Middle School. The suit centers on an incident during a gymnastics class at…

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Reversal: Columbus entitled to summary judgment on personal injury claim

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The city of Columbus has succeeded in its efforts to win summary judgment on a woman’s personal injury claim, with the Indiana Court of Appeals reversing in the city’s favor and holding that the woman did not meet the notice requirements under the Indiana Tort Claims Act. The case of City of Columbus v. Debra A. Londeree and Dan Londeree,…

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St. Clair County jury awards motorist $29K following Fairview Heights collision

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St. Clair County jurors awarded a motorist $29,137 in a suit involving a Fairview Heights collision. The jury reached a verdict in favor of plaintiff Sharonna Howell on March 10 in St. Clair County Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner’s courtroom. Howell was awarded $8,043 for past medical bills, $1,094 for lost wages, $10,000 for pain and suffering and $10,000 for loss…

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Supreme Court hears arguments in stoplight crash suit against IPL

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Indiana Supreme Court justices heard oral argument Thursday on the question of whether a utility may face liability for people injured in a traffic crash in which a malfunctioning stoplight played a role. Justices heard Kenyon Tyus, Jr., et al. v. Indianapolis Power & Light Co., et al., 18A-CT-00828, considering first whether to grant transfer in the case. A unanimous…

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West Virginia Lawmaker Loses Suit Blaming Indiana Bar for Blindness

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The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled against a lawsuit filed by a West Virginia delegate over a 2006 parking lot brawl that left him blinded years before he was elected to office. The lawsuit said Cavanaugh’s Sports Bar & Eatery, near Gary, Indiana, had an obligation to protects its patrons inside the bar and outside, especially because fights were foreseeable….

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Customer alleges Club Fitness trainer caused injuries from overexertion

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A woman is suing Club Fitness and one of its trainers after she was allegedly hospitalized for a week due to overexertion. Nhydia Walker filed the complaint Jan. 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Club Fitness Inc., CF of Fairview Heights LLC, Dynamic Fitness Management, and Dominick Young, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, Walker claims she went…

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