IWCC Says Heart Attack Is Compensable

 According to a ruling by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), an employee who suffers a heart attack because of extremely stressful working conditions is deemed to have sustained a compensable injury. The conditions precedent to this ruling are that the combination of events leading up to the heart attack and the working conditions exposed…

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Drunken City Worker Costs Chicago $6.25 Million

 As 2012 was coming to a close, the Chicago City Council voted to approve the payment of $6.25 million to a victim who was run over by a drunken city worker on a Gold Coast sidewalk. The accident resulted in injuries to four other victims and those cases are still pending, according to a city…

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Five Vehicle Chain Reaction Crash Closes I-57

 Five vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash on I-57 that happened early Sunday morning, December 16, 2012. The accident occurred on the northbound side of I-57 close to 147th Street, near Posen in Cook County. The accident that happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning forced the interstate to be shut down,…

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OSHA Investigates Fatal Accident in Suburban Chicago

 Federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were called in to investigate a workplace fatality involving a man who was fatally injured in a tank containing chemical solvents. The accident occurred in Wheeling, Illinois on Thursday, November 29, 2012. The deceased was hired along with other crew members to clean a storage…

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FDA: Few Reasons To Continue Using Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that metal-on-metal hip implants are more likely to break down after being implanted, resulting in potential danger from exposure to metallic particles. It was originally believed that the metal-on-metal hip implants would be more durable and longer lasting than their plastic or ceramic counterparts. However, some…

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