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Madison County jury awards passenger damages following Alton collision

A Madison County jury awarded a passenger $12,500 in Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth’s courtroom following a one-day trial involving an Alton collision. After deliberating just 15 minutes, jurors awarded plaintiff Michelle Hedger damages on July 16. Hedger was represented at trial by Eric Terry of TorHoerman Law in Edwardsville. Defendants Alexandra Lagy and Tracy Schaefer were represented by Tyler Beckerle…

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Class action against insurers over interest on work comp payments continues

A federal judge refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging insurance companies unlawfully withheld interest on payments for services provided through workers’ compensation. U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois released her ruling on July 2. Dr. Michael Beatty of Edwardsville leads the class action against the various insurance companies, alleging violations of the Illinois…

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AIA troubled by Illinois insurance bill SB 904

The costly and controversial Illinois workers’ compensation system is on the verge of change after healthcare professionals urged amendments to senate bill 904 – the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) requested three changes to SB 904 in order to address what they call in official IHA documents…

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Roofing Contractor For Exposing Workers to Falls, Proposes $281,286 in Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Manuel Gallardo, owner of Gallardo’s Construction Services, after inspectors observed employees exposed to fall hazards on six Chicago-area residential roofing projects between August and November 2017. The company faces $281,286 in proposed penalties. Manuel Gallardo, whose business is based in Palatine, was cited for four willful and three…

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Illinois Pallet Maker Fined $216K After Workers Sickened by Carbon Monoxide

Federal safety officials have cited an Illinois pallet manufacturer for exposing employees unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in the workplace. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $216,253. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc., a Genoa, Illinois-based pallet manufacturer, after 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure. OSHA…

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Madison County couple sues Medline Industries for wrongful termination

A Madison County couple who worked together sued Medline Industries Inc. on June 25 for retaliation and wrongful termination. Derek and Sharon Marshall filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the warehouse operator alleging violations of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. According to the complaint, a supervisor “made repeated and continued sexual advances” toward Sharon during her…

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