|By Belleville News-Democrat, Ill.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
CMS appealed to the circuit court and in January a
The newspaper intends to have medical professionals analyze the tests, which consist of nerve conduction velocity test findings and the conclusion of a neurologist. The tests were requested by a referring physician, usually a surgeon.
All patient identifiers were removed from the tests with the consent of the newspaper. The tests form the basis for taxpayer-funded settlements to guards who claimed that turning keys and operating locking mechanisms caused injury; usually carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist and cubital tunnel syndrome of the elbow. Settlements, usually after surgery, ranged from
The dates of the tests range from
The BND has reported that more than
The reports generated ongoing criminal investigations including one by the
Additionally, eight workers' compensation hearing officers were dismissed including
A repetitive trauma settlement of more than
The newspaper has been running a graphic of a padlock on its editorial page with the notation "Public records held hostage." Now that paper has received the records, the symbol will stop appearing. The graphic published Wednesday was Day 324.
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