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Ban on Holding Cellphone While Driving Begins July 1 in Indiana

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

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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Federal and state OSHAs overrun with COVID-19 complaints

Federal and state agencies have seen a large influx of workplace safety complaints related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and experts urge employers to create exposure control plans in case an agency comes knocking. Unlike the flu and common cold, COVID-19 is considered a recordable illness by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “This is the busiest we’ve ever been,”…

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Patient alleges injuries from robotic-assisted surgery

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

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

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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Illinois Manufacturer Fined $258K for Exposing Employees to Machine Hazards

An Arcola, Illinois-based manufacturer faces over $258,000 in penalties and numerous citations for violations of federal machine safety standards, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported. Monahan Filaments LLC was cited after an employee suffered severe injuries. The manufacturer of synthetic filaments for brushes and brooms faces $258, 271 in penalties, and was placed in…

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Health care associations fear lack of protection from virus

A nationwide shortage of N95 masks and newly relaxed standards for personal protective equipment have workers on the front lines treating coronavirus patients and medical associations both praising efforts to ramp up production and protesting federal guidance over fears that it places them at greater risk of contracting the virus. “We just do not have the quantity (of N95 masks)…

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