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Appeals court puts Indiana Grand horseman’s negligence case out to pasture

A horseman who claims he was injured after another rider’s horse got loose during training exercises at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino didn’t win, place or show Friday at the Indiana Court of Appeals. The Shelby Superior Court had already granted summary judgment in favor of Indiana Grand defendants and partial summary judgment to Michael and Penny Lauer and Michael…

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Patient allegedly developed abscess following tooth extraction

A dental patient claims she suffered permanent disfigurement after developing an abscess from a double tooth extraction. Paige Osborne filed the complaint on June 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the U.S. According to the complaint, Osborne claims that on July 28, 2017, she visited the Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie, which is…

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COVID comp cover ‘manageable’ for industry: A.M. Best

Legislative changes allowing workers compensation coverage due to COVID-19 will result in an increase in loss estimates and a potential earnings hit for the insurance companies, according an analysis released Thursday by A.M. Best. A number of U.S. states have begun the process of enacting legislation or have issued executive orders on workers compensation coverage for essential employees, an expansion…

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Train conductor not negligent in slip and fall

A train conductor’s negligence claims against his employer were unanimously dismissed Wednesday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In LeDure v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the circuit affirmed a district court’s holding that the conductor’s slip and fall was not reasonably foreseeable. Bradley LeDure was a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad Co. On Aug. 10, 2016,…

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Businesses ask patrons, workers to waive right to sue if they get ill

As businesses reopen across the U.S. after coronavirus shutdowns, many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won’t sue if they catch COVID-19. Businesses fear they could be the target of litigation even if they adhere to safety precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials. But workers’ rights groups say the…

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Appellate panel affirms dismissal of quadriplegic’s complaint against insurer

A man rendered a quadriplegic after a serious car wreck was unable to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday that his amended complaint was wrongly dismissed. The decision leaves in limbo collection of a $21 million jury award in favor of the injured man. Several lawsuits have stemmed from a single-vehicle accident involving former co-workers Gregory Smith and…

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Illinois governor signs COVID bill for essential workers

Legislation signed into law in Illinois on Friday will provide worker compensation benefits for front-line and essential workers who contract COVID-19 on the job under certain conditions. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed H.B. 2455, which will provide death benefits for first responders who were presumably infected with COVID-19 on duty and also revises state code to expand unemployment benefits and enhance…

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