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Bill seeks to limit workers’ compensation

An Illinois state senator has introduced legislation that would alter the state’s workers’ compensation law. State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) introduced a bill that would require “primary causation,” meaning that a claim would be paid only if a worker’s injury was caused primarily by an on-the-job accident. Righter said that the more stringent causation standard …

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Birth injury case claims negligence resulted in death of infant

A federal birth injury lawsuit has been filed by parents who claim that negligence on the part of medical personnel resulted in the death of their daughter. According to the lawsuit, the mother presented to the hospital on January 23, 2013 with a rupture of the amniotic sac, severe vaginal bleeding and poor fetal heart …

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Hospital to pay multi-million settlement in birth injury lawsuit

A $17.5 million settlement was recently reached in a birth injury lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that negligence on the part of a hospital and obstetrician during labor and delivery led to a boy being disabled for life. Jurors cleared the Ob/Gyn of liability, but found the hospital negligent and liable. Although jurors ordered the defendant …

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Illinois contractor banned from excavation work

An Illinois sewer and water contractor was banned from excavation work by a federal court order, after employees were repeatedly exposed to hazards that could cause serious work injuries. The order was issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued penalties in 2013 …

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Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit transferred

An Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit that claims that a patient was not given appropriate anesthesia for a cesarean section has been transferred to another county. The six-count complaint was filed October 29, 2014 by Kristina and Joseph Brand against St. Joseph’s Hospital, Southern Obstetrics & Gynecologic Associates and a doctor. According to the lawsuit, Kristina …

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New judge assigned in wrongful death lawsuit

A new judge has been assigned in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the father of an Illinois woman against her former boyfriend. According to court records, the case has been reassigned to Judge Chuck Grace, after the plaintiff’s attorney filed a motion. The lawsuit was filed by Larry Young, the father of Molly Young, …

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Advances in Car Safety Technology Will Protect Bicyclists and Pedestrians as Well

Most of the advances in auto safety technology over the past several decades, such as seat belts, anti-lock brakes and air bags, have been designed for the purpose of protecting the vehicle occupants. However, many new technologies are designed at least in part to protect people outside the vehicle, including bicyclists and pedestrians. This includes …

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Trucker in Fatal Illinois Accident Found Guilty of Driving While Fatigued

The trucker involved in the January 2014 crash that killed an Illinois tollway employee and critically injured a state trooper has been found guilty of driving while fatigued. Renato Velasquez was found guilty of one felony count of operating a commercial truck while fatigued. He was also found guilty of two felony counts of failing …

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