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Indiana City Shares Responsibility for Crash That Killed 3, Lawsuit Says

A lawsuit says a northern Indiana city shares responsibility for a crash that killed two children and a man who were walking along a sidewalk. Authorities say Leonard Grosswiler was driving in August 2017 when his vehicle struck five pedestrians in Elkhart, killing 8-month-old Dolly Thomas, 11-year-old Courtney Smith and 22-year-old Shawn Wolcott. He was sentenced in December to 15…

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Worker Misclassification a Growing Problem, Contractors Say

Worker misclassification in the construction business, done to avoid workers’ compensation and payroll taxes, is a growing problem nationwide, and Indiana is no exception, according to a local news report. Legitimate commercial contractors told an Indiana TV station this week that fraudulent misclassification appears to be spreading in the industry. Some contractors can shave 30% off their bids by classifying…

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Woman claims Mayfield Care Center failed to provide adequate care, leading to her mother’s death

A woman is suing Mayfield Health Center, alleging the long-term care facility improperly cared for her mother, contributing to her mother’s death. Linda Brown filed a complaint on Feb. 14 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging they breached their duty to provide appropriate care to her mother, Christine Miles. According to the complaint, from January-March 2017, Miles “suffered from multiple…

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Do High Health Plan Deductibles Lead to More Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Are employees injured at work more likely to file under workers’ compensation instead of group health insurance when their group health plan has a higher deductible? The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence they do in a new study it says has great relevance since the number of workers in health insurance plans with high deductibles is growing. “In…

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Court questions if team should have known stadium roof slippery

An Illinois appeals court held that questions remain over whether the Chicago White Sox and their roofing contractor failed to protect an electrician who slipped and fell on the roof, suffering career-ending nerve damage. In Zahumensky v. Chicago White Sox Ltd., the Appellate Court of Illinois, 1st District, 1st Division on Tuesday reversed a circuit court decision that dismissed the…

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Injured workers in rural areas more likely to receive opioids Rx

Injured miners and construction workers are in the occupations most likely to receive an opioid prescription, the study shows. Injured workers living in “rural” or “very rural” areas were up to 25% more likely than urban injured workers to receive opioid painkillers. Injured workers in rural areas are more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids, a new study shows. The…

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Advocate Christ Medical Center allegedly enrolled unqualified patient in medical trial

A woman is suing Advocate Christ Medical Center and others medical providers, alleging they enrolled another woman in a medical trial despite her not meeting study criteria. Lisa Villanova, who is serving as executor of the estate of Evelyn Gall, filed a complaint on Jan. 24 in Cook County Circuit Court. According to the complaint, Gall — who suffered from…

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Insurance legislators to consider formulary model law

The National Council of Insurance Legislators is in the early planning stages of possibly creating a model law on workers compensation drug formularies, the organization’s spokesman confirmed on Friday. Details on the proposed NCOIL Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Model Act are included in NCOIL’s spring meeting agenda, provided to Business Insurance. The meeting is set for March 14-17 in Nashville…

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Employer attorneys advise against submitting data not required by OSHA

A large number of employers not regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s electronic record-keeping rule are voluntarily submitting data to the agency, but they should refrain from doing so in the future because that information could be used against them in OSHA enforcement actions, according to attorneys representing employers. The electronic record-keeping regulation, formally known as the…

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