Woman Allegedly Files Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claims

A woman living in McHenry, Ill., faces multiple charges after being arrested for filing fraudulent workers’ compensation claims against three separate employers. Tracy Williams, 43, is charged with workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, aggravated fraud, and perjury, according to a statement released by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Williams is alleged to have filed fraudulent …

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Experimental Autism Therapy Costs Doctor His License in Illinois, Missouri

A doctor who has promoted a treatment for autistic children using a drug that suppresses testosterone has lost his license to practice medicine in Illinois and Missouri. Dr. Mark Geier’s therapy involves injecting children with the drug Lupron, a hormone inhibitor that is sometimes employed to “chemically castrate” sex offenders. Experts said the therapy was …

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Aurora Teen Charged in Fatal Accident

A 15-year-old boy from Aurora has been charged as an adult with reckless homicide for his role in a crash that killed Devin Meadows, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School. According to prosecutors, Logan Krogman took his parents’ Chevrolet Malibu from their home on Amli Court, picked up three friends, and went for a …

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Study Shows Race-Based Disparity in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Awards

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health have released a study that shows workers’ compensation settlements awarded to white, non-Hispanic construction workers in Illinois are, on average, higher than those award Hispanic and black construction workers with similar injuries. The difference between average compensation levels for the two groups was …

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Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Workers Comp Case

The Supreme Court of Illinois is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund. The case arises from a Skokie Castings employee who sustained a permanently disabling injury while at work. The employer was self-insured up to a certain amount, beyond which its excess insurance carrier …

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Popular Chicago Skateboarder Succumbs to Injuries in Hit-and-Run Accident

An icon in the Chicago skateboarding community died a week after being critically injured in a hit-and-run accident while skating in Bucktown. Reginald Destin, 42, was with friends at the time of the accident on an early Friday morning in October. He was skateboarding in a bicycle lane on North Milwaukee Avenue with his friend …

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Medical Malpractice vs. Product Liability in Meningitis Lawsuits

A fungal meningitis outbreak which has caused 19 fatalities and afflicted 400 people in 19 states has been linked to contaminated steroid injections. Victims and their families have begun filing lawsuits against the clinics and doctors who administered the contaminated steroid shots. The success or failure of the lawsuits could depend on whether judges decide …

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Chicago Man Alleges Medical Malpractice in Liver Transplant

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is the subject of a medical malpractice suit recently filed by a Cook County man who claims that the liver he received by transplant in May of 2011 had malignant cancer tissue. Johnny Sirbu claims that as a result of the transplant, he now has cancer. He is seeking …

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CDC Reports Second Illinois Resident Infected in Meningitis Outbreak

A second Illinois resident has been infected with fungal meningitis in the nationwide outbreak that has infected over 400 people in 19 states, killing 30, according to the CDC. On November 2, the CDC’s case count was updated to confirm a second case of infection in Illinois. The outbreak is the result of contaminated steroid …

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