Former Illinois Police Officer Charged With Workers Comp Fraud

A former police officer for the village of Maryville has been indicted by a grand jury in Madison County, Illinois on charges related to an alleged fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Richard Turner is facing charges relating to a claim he made in 2009 while employed by the Maryville Police Department. Turner is alleged to have …

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BLS Releases Data on Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released final data from 2011 on nonfatal on-the-job illnesses and injuries that required days away from work. The rate of such injuries was 117 cases for every 10,000 full-time workers, which was statistically the same rate as 2010. The total number of cases with …

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Employers Who Allegedly Failed to Obtain Workers Comp Insurance Are Indicted

Three Illinois employers have been indicted by a Cook County grand jury on Class 4 felony charges for allegedly failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance. If convicted, the employers face 1 to 3 years in the state prison and fines of up to $25,000. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) named the individuals charged as …

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AMA Impairment Guidelines May Negatively Impact Injured Workers

As part of reforms in the Illinois workers’ compensation system, impairment ratings promulgated by the American Medical Association (AMA) are now used by doctors and arbitrators to decide the workers’ compensation claims of injured workers in Illinois. However, this can have a negative effect on the claims of workers, in particular those with permanent partial …

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Nurse Working for State of Illinois Wins Workers Compensation Award

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has decided a case of a nurse who slipped and fell during an authorized break in favor of the worker. The nurse, who worked for the State of Illinois, was wearing a walking boot to compensate for an unrelated injury. She wished to go out to her car, which …

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Illinois Businesses Illegally Classifying Employees as Independent Contractors

State agencies including the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission are joining together to crack down on businesses that improperly classify employees as independent contractors. In contrast to employees, independent contractors who get hurt while working are not eligible for workers’ compensation. Some business owners may make an honest mistake in misclassifying employees, but others do it …

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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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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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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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