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East Alton homeowner sues remodeling company after falling down stairs

A homeowner is claiming she was injured after a contractor allegedly improperly constructed exterior steps at her residence in East Alton. Lynda Hadley filed suit May 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Gregory Kuehnel and Hard to Beat Handyman, alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, and negligence. According to the complaint, Hadley claims she was residing at a…

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Indiana Too Quick to Clear Amazon in Worker’s Death, Report Finds

Indiana’s safety agency prematurely released Amazon from citations and fines in the death of a warehouse employee who was crushed by a forklift, a federal investigation has found. Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration absolved the online retailer of any accountability in the death of 59-year-old Phillip Lee Terry coincidentally at the same time the state was bidding for Amazon’s…

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Outpatient surgery fees growing for states without fee schedules

Outpatient hospital payments are higher and growing at a faster rate in states without fee schedules, according to a study released Tuesday from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. Researchers at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI compared hospital payments from a group of common workers comp outpatient surgeries in 36 states from 2005 to 2018, finding that states that paid a percentage…

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Illinois’ new emergency workers’ comp rule would hold employers responsible for COVID-19 diagnoses

Some employees diagnosed with COVID-19 will automatically qualify for worker’s comp, regardless of how they contracted the virus. UPDATE: On April 23, a judge in Sangamon County, Illinois issued a Temporary Restraining Order blocking the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Emergency Rule from going into effect. On April 27, the Commission filed notice that it will formally withdraw the emergency rule that…

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Illinois Sues Developer, Contractors Over Coal Plant Implosion

The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against a developer and two contractors for the release of contaminants during the implosion of a smokestack at a defunct Chicago power station. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges Hilco Redevelopment Partners and its general contractors, MCM Management and Controlled Demolition Inc. violated Illinois law and Pollution Control…

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Veteran, wife seek $40 million from US government over claims of untimely cancer diagnosis

A Madison County couple is seeking $40 million from the U.S. government over claims a doctor failed to diagnose cancer in a timely manner. Lonnie Weatherspoon claims the doctor, whom the suit states worked for a facility where the U.S. was the employer of physicians, should have diagnosed the cancer based on “known risk factors.” The suit was filed April…

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