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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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HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Trucks began arriving here to pre-position water, military rations, ice and tarps for the post-hurricane relief effort. The trucks, which began arriving Oct. 20, have delivered supplies from Key West to northern Miami-Dade County since the storm passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa M. Macias).

Victim’s brother files wrongful death suit against truck driver and employer

In Cook County, Chicago, a man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver and his employer, claiming that the driver was operating his vehicle at an excessive speed when he hit and killed the man’s brother. The victim’s brother, Don Sharpe, filed a wrongful death lawsuit individually and as special administrator of …

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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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Appellate Court overturns award of permanent partial disability benefits

A decision by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission was overturned by the Appellate Court of Illinois, which said that the commission needed to make a decision about the appropriateness of a wage-differential award as compared to an award based on the percentage of the body that was impaired. In the case, Lenhart v. Illinois Workers’ …

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Illinois Appellate Court addresses when a traveling employee begins to travel

The Illinois Appellate Court Workers’ Compensation Commission Division addressed the question of when a traveling employee’s travel actually begins. The case, Pryor v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, concerned a worker who was injured while moving a suitcase into his personal car while still at his home in preparation for a work trip. The appellate court …

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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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The attack on workers’ compensation

Over the past decade, workers’ compensation benefits have deteriorated across the country as states initiate cost-cutting measures. A comprehensive new investigation by ProPublica and NPR reveals that these workers’ comp “reforms” have had a brutal effect: injured workers denied the help they need and taxpayers forced to bear the cost of workplace accidents. The ProPublica …

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Workers’ comp reform only helps insurance companies

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said that he wants further “reform” of the state’s workers’ compensation system, with the stated goal of reducing the cost of doing business in the state. This argument — that restricting the rights of workers will help businesses by reducing the premiums they pay for workers’ compensation insurance — has …

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HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Trucks began arriving here to pre-position water, military rations, ice and tarps for the post-hurricane relief effort. The trucks, which began arriving Oct. 20, have delivered supplies from Key West to northern Miami-Dade County since the storm passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa M. Macias).

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Chicago-area trucking company

A surviving relative of a woman and two children who died in a truck crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Marciela Ruiz has filed the suit on behalf of her three late family members, Elizabeth Peralta-Luna and her children (a girl, age 9, and a boy, 4). Ruiz is accusing Monson and Sons Inc., …

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