Illinois Supreme Court Allows Mailbox Rule in Workers’ Compensation Case

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the “mailbox rule” as it applies to workers’ compensation cases. The court held that the petitioner’s appeal to the circuit court was timely filed because it was postmarked by the filing deadline. Justice Robert R. Thomas, writing for the majority in the 5-2 decision, said that upholding the rule in …

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Employee Claims Retaliation for Filing Workers’ Compensation Claim

An Illinois woman claims she was fired from a retail store because she filed a workers’ compensation claim. Cynthia Hewitt filed a lawsuit against Casey’s General Store in Maryville. According to the lawsuit, Hewitt began working at the store in September 2011. She claims that she fell and injured her back while moving a tall …

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Employee Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Fall from Chair

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that a Department of Human Services worker was not entitled to compensation for a fall from a chair, because her work did not expose her to an increased risk of falling. A security therapy aide employed by the Department of Human Services testified that she was writing notes while …

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Worker Claims He Was Fired After Applying for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A lawsuit has been filed alleging that a worker was fired after applying for workers’ compensation benefits. Roger Johnson filed suit June 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, claiming that he was wrongly discharged. The plaintiff alleges that he was employed by defendant Commercial Transport when he sustained injuries on April 30, 2012. According …

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Nursing Home Sued in Wrongful Death Case

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a nursing home on the South Side of Chicago after a patient, who was allegedly prescribed an overdose of medication, died. A representative of Sonya Eli file the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the woman’s doctors wrote a prescription for a dangerous combination and …

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Study Shows Safety Inspections Protect Workers and Do Not Hurt Businesses

Researchers have determined that random inspections of businesses in the United States have a measurable impact on the risk of workers being hurt on the job. Inspections lower the danger for workers, and have no negative effect on the businesses being inspected. The report was published in the journal Science. According to the study, workplaces …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Drowning at Geneva Dam

A man sacrificed his own life last August to save a child drowning near a dam on the Fox River near Geneva, Illinois. The man’s relatives have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming that access to the dam should have been restricted. Randy Suchy, a 59-year-old Naperville resident, drowned after saving …

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Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they are on the rise in Illinois. According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois …

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Plaintiff Must Prove Unsafe Conditions at Time of Fall

Getting awarded compensation for your slip and fall injury may hinge on whether you gather enough evidence of the property owner’s negligence. A recent case decided by the Illinois Appellate Court shows that suits against landlords or building owners can be just as slippery as the floors on which the falls occur. In the case …

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