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Apria Healthcare sued after oxygen tank allegedly falls, injures patient

A man is suing Apria Healthcare, claiming an oxygen tank allegedly fell and struck him. Kurt Horvath filed a complaint on Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging they failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations. The plaintiff alleges on Sept. 20, 2016, he was severely injured and will continue to suffer pain, discomfort, impairment,…

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Illinois Governor Sends Workers’ Comp Bill Back to Lawmakers

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed, with recommended changes, a workers’ compensation measure that would have allowed for interest to be paid on delayed payment in disputes between insurers and medical service providers. In his letter explaining his veto action, Rauner stated: “SB 904, as approved by the General Assembly, proposes changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act to: 1) provide…

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US DOL Investigations Result in $59,926 In Back Wages for 92 Indiana Lawn Care Workers

Ninety-two current and former employees of two Indiana lawn care companies – Super Cutz Lawn Care LLC and Precision Cut Lawn Service – have received $59,926 in back wages following two investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found employers violated overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In its…

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Spotlight: Insurance loopholes need to be eliminated

Physicians, hospitals and other providers that treat Illinois’ injured workers are in a severe crisis. In recent years, workers’ compensation insurers have exploited loopholes to avoid complying with basic requirements of Illinois law. It’s time to eliminate these loopholes. The issue is enforcement of current laws requiring timely workers’ compensation insurer approvals and health care provider reimbursement — these profitable…

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Medications down in workers comp sector: Report

Prescribing in the workers compensation industry is down across the board, including a 65.1% drop in the costs for compound medications, according to a report released Tuesday by Coventry Workers Comp. The third in a series covering workers comp drug trends, Downers Grove, Illinois-based Coventry reported on the state of opioids and compound medication prescriptions for injured workers. According to…

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Illinois taxpayers bear the costs of workers’ comp settlements

Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws are so outdated that it costs taxpayers more than in any other state in the region and hinders the state’s economy, according to the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI). A July report by the institute states that workers’ comp insurance and income injured workers receive while out of work costs state and local government $1 billion annually….

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