AG's office to review workers' compensation cases

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois attorney general's office is launching an effort to challenge repetitive trauma injury cases with workers' compensation claims.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday ( that chief of staff Anne Spillane says it's a joint effort with Central Management Services. The effort follows the newspaper's series on workers' compensation claims.

Spillane told The Associated Press in a story published Sunday that former workers' compensation arbitrators awarded millions to employees in southern Illinois facilities like prisons for arm and wrist injuries without listening to state experts.

An AP analysis has found that a dozen state-government work sites in southern Illinois account for $41 million in workers' injury-impairment awards in recent years. That's nearly one-third of all the awards and settlements for state employees injured at work from 2007 through 2010.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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