Study Shows Safety Inspections Protect Workers and Do Not Hurt Businesses

Researchers have determined that random inspections of businesses in the United States have a measurable impact on the risk of workers being hurt on the job. Inspections lower the danger for workers, and have no negative effect on the businesses being inspected. The report was published in the journal Science. According to the study, workplaces …

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Romney Plans Medical Malpractice Caps

With the Supreme Court upholding President Obama’s signature health care reform law, and some vowing that his successor will overturn it, it is important to examine what Mitt Romney has pledged to do as President. Romney has made clear that he will institute caps on non-economic damages for medical malpractice lawsuits. This includes damages for …

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Painkillers May Increase Cost of Work Injuries

Insurance companies that reimburse employees for workplace injuries, pay billions of dollars every year, mainly for major accidents. Recently, another cost has emerged: payments to workers with routine injuries, treated with strong painkillers. Insurance companies pay about $1.4 billion per year for opioids, or narcotic painkillers. However, studies have now shown that when these medications …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Drowning at Geneva Dam

A man sacrificed his own life last August to save a child drowning near a dam on the Fox River near Geneva, Illinois. The man’s relatives have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming that access to the dam should have been restricted. Randy Suchy, a 59-year-old Naperville resident, drowned after saving …

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Many Medical Malpractice Claims Litigated, Few Go to Trial

On average, a medical malpractice claim is likely to lead to litigation, but most of those will be dismissed, or decided in favor of the physician, according to a new study. The study was published by the Chicago-based American Medical Association in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The head researcher was Dr. Anupam B. Jena …

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Teenager’s Death on Camping Trip Leads to Lawsuit

The father of a teenager, killed on a camping trip when she was struck by a falling tree, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that organized the tour. The fatal accident took place near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Elizabeth Burns, a Lake Forest teenager, was helping to organize the campsite for a student …

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Highway Death

A wrongful death case has been filed on behalf of a young mother who died when she was struck by a car while walking along the Eisenhower Expressway. Diana Paz had been stopped by the Illinois State Police, and then released, despite her allegedly intoxicated state. The suit claims that the police acted recklessly in …

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Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they are on the rise in Illinois. According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois …

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