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Injured worker entitled to wage-differential award in spite of income

An Illinois Appellate court ruled that an injured stationary engineer can receive a wage differential award as compensation for her diminished earning capacity in spite of the fact that she did not suffer a decline in income. Kathy Jenkins was employed as a stationary engineer who dealt with maintenance problems for Jackson Park Hospital and …

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How labor induction can help reduce risk of shoulder dystocia

Research suggests inducing labor for expectant mothers giving birth to large babies may help prevent shoulder dystocia and other injuries during birth. A European study last year examined whether labor induction at 37 to 38 weeks of pregnancy could help prevent infants from growing larger, resulting in a safer delivery with reduced chances of shoulder …

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Workers’ compensation benefits denied to injured flight attendant

A panel of five justices ruled that a flight attendant is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits merely because she suffered an injury on an airplane while she was commuting to work. The appeals panel found that Kristine Isern, who was employed by United Airlines, did not meet the qualifications of a “traveling employee,” and …

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Employee’s icy fall leads to 3.5 million dollar settlement

A man settled for $3.5 million and a more than $1 million workers’ compensation lien waiver in a lawsuit against his employer after suffering a serious back injury due to a workplace construction accident. The agreement in the premises liability and negligence case was reached on December 10, 2015, one day ahead of a scheduled …

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Injured workers claim retaliatory discharge

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Illinois workers have a right to compensation, and employers are advised to be mindful of the potential liability they may confront in state court. There may be cases in which an employer would like to discharge an employee who has suffered an injury, or alleges to have suffered an …

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules in Personal Injury Lawsuit

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a personal injury case that Brookfield Zoo should not have the same protections as governmental organizations in Illinois, despite it being situated on public land. On Sept. 24, the state high court ruled that the zoo fails important parts of the test used to decide whether it is a …

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Illinois construction companies face heavy fines for exposing workers to asbestos

Two Illinois companies face heavy fines for exposing workers to deadly asbestos fibers. Joseph Kehrer and two companies affiliated with him, D7 Roofing and Kehrer Brothers, violated numerous health and safety standards, according to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the U.S. Department of Labor. Joseph Kehrer and Kehrer …

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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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Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities Increase in 2014

Last year in Chicago, seven bicyclists were killed in collisions with automobiles. That is an increase from three bicyclist fatalities in 2013, even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country. According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, bicyclist fatalities over the past five years were as …

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