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Midwest Legislative Priorities Include No-Fault Auto, Distracted Driving, Contractor Fraud, Tort Reform

With some of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws — much maligned by the insurance industry and business interests — are sure to be a target for legislative reforms. Insurance trade associations, including the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America (PCI), along with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, have said…

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Different Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Worker, Employer, Injury Traits

Injured workers in mining and construction, those in rural counties or those who suffer fractures, carpal tunnel and neurologic spine pain are among those more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids than workers in other industries or locations or with other injuries. Also, younger works are less likely to be prescribed opioids than older employees. A new study, Correlates of…

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DIGGING DEEPER: Bill addresses workplace safety concerns raised in ‘Dying on the Job’ reports

A state lawmaker on Monday afternoon filed legislation to revise Indiana’s workers’ compensation system and penalties for workplace safety violations for the first time in three decades. The legislation addresses key concerns raised by a recent ABC21 “Digging Deeper” series of reports. Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) filed HB 1341. If passed and signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, it would:…

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Worker accuses freight car systems provider of wrongful termination

A Madison man is suing a freight car company, alleging retaliation and wrongful termination. Don L. Garrett filed a complaint Dec. 19 in Madison County Circuit Court against Amsted Rail Company Inc., alleging the defendant willfully and wantonly disregarded the plaintiff’s rights. According to the complaint, on March 2, Garrett was terminated from his employment. The suit says Garrett has…

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All Mayoral Candidates Say Alderman Should Not Oversee Comp Program

All 14 candidates for Chicago mayor agree that the embattled head of the city's workers' compensation program should step aside or that the program should be managed by a separate city agency. The Chicago Sun-Times asked the candidates if longtime Alderman Ed Burke, who as head of the City Council's Finance Committee oversees the comp program, should step down from that…

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COA: Negligence claim rightly denied in fatal heart attack wreck

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to a man’s estate in a negligence lawsuit, finding his incapacity to drive due to a heart attack was not reasonably foreseeable. While driving to Bloomington for Thanksgiving with Wanda Denson as a passenger in his vehicle, Delmer Dillard suddenly declared he was not feeling well, slumped over and…

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