Latest news on personal injury and workers’ compensation.

OSHA to take another look at health care, emergency response

Potential standards to prevent workplace violence in the health care sector and improve emergency response and preparedness are back on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s radar. In July 2017, the two potential standards were moved off the Trump administration’s main regulatory agenda and placed on a long-term actions list, meaning the agency did not expect to have a regulatory action…

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Fifth District affirms ruling in favor of Work Comp Commission in Madison County worker’s case

The Fifth District Appellate Court backed the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) in a Madison County workplace injury case, according to a May 4 ruling. James Burns appealed a Madison County circuit court ruling that backed the IWCC, which overturned an arbitrator’s judgement that rewarded Burns with benefits. The courts’ decision comes after Burns stated that he worked under harsh…

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Federal tax reform contributes to midyear comp rate reductions

Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have resulted in proposals and approvals for midyear workers compensation rate reductions in five states, according to details behind several recent filings by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Rate reductions will go into effect June 1 for Idaho and Florida, per recent regulatory approval. Reductions have not been announced in other…

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Illinois appeals panel: Medical providers can’t recover interest from employers who pay WC medical bills late

An Illinois appellate court has decided a health care provider is not entitled to recover interest from employers when they don’t pay worker compensation medical bills on time. Further, the court said such disputes actually may not belong in the courts, at all, but rather with the state’s Workers Compensation Commission. The April 26 decision on the appeal, which was…

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The strange case of Trooper Bradley, who claims PTSD because his boss belittled him

For two years, Illinois State Trooper James Bradley worked the night shift, cruising highways around DuQuoin, searching for speeders and drunks while mentally impaired by post-traumatic stress disorder. Like all cops, he carried a gun on his hip and a pump shotgun in the trunk. But unlike most cops, Bradley says he has PTSD because his supervisor had it in…

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ICYMI: Three Real Reforms For Illinois’ Workers’ Comp System

Now that Illinois’ contentious primaries are over, state lawmakers have an opportunity to get back to business and tackle the litany of financial woes affecting the state. This year, Illinois ranked dead last on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most fiscally stable states. Despite this ranking, some Illinois legislators continue to push bills that add undue stress…

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AIA: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform Legislation Represents a Modest Approach

Steve Schneider, Midwest region vice president for the American Insurance Association (AIA), issued the following statement before testifying today before the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on SB 12, workers’ compensation reform legislation. Mr. Schneider will represent an industry group that includes: AIA, the Illinois Insurance Association (IIA), the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) and the Property and Casualty…

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