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Do Your Claims Letters Contain the Appropriate Tone?Open in a New Window

There’s no good reason to make an enemy of the claimant or, if in litigation, the opposing attorney. We reveal ourselves in our claims letters and their tone. Is the tone nasty? Negative? Arrogant? Your job is to make your …

 

NYC Slip and Fall Scheme Defrauded Businesses, Insurers of More Than $31MOpen in a New Window

Five New York City men were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent insurance reimbursement and other compensation for fraudulent slip-and-fall accidents, according to a joint announcement by the United …

 

Illusionist Copperfield Testifies in Las Vegas Tourist Injury CaseOpen in a New Window

David Copperfield testified Wednesday that he didn’t know until he was sued that a British tourist claimed to have been seriously injured while taking part in an illusion during a performance on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013. Although Copperfield …

 

Houston-Area District Expects $155M in Damage Repairs From HarveyOpen in a New Window

The Houston-area flood control district has estimated needing $155 million to study and fix damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey. Workers this week are assessing the storm’s destruction to the Harris County Flood Control District’s 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) of bayous, …

 

Excavator Blamed for Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto RicoOpen in a New Window

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could …

 

Rodent Infestation, Filth Found Before Egg RecallOpen in a New Window

Before a U.S. farm voluntarily recalled 207 million eggs, government inspectors found rodents scurrying in manure pits, equipment that was coated with grime and food debris, and outside a swarm of “large flying insects too numerous to count.” Unsanitary conditions …

 

Survivors of Southwest Engine Explosion Could File PTSD ClaimsOpen in a New Window

Being on an airplane more than six miles in the air when an engine blows up and sends shrapnel through a window is an experience so scary that aviation lawyers say it’s not just the family of the woman killed …

 

Study: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription DrugsOpen in a New Window

Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including pain relievers. The study …

 

Nationwide Switching to Independent Agency Distribution Model by 2020Open in a New Window

Independent agents take note – Nationwide may be on your side. Nationwide on Monday announced its intention to shift to an independent agency distribution model over the next two years. The Columbus, Ohio-based carrier, which provides a range of insurance …

 

Police Cars Twice as Likely to Crash While Responding to EmergenciesOpen in a New Window

A new study from the University of Iowa shows the importance of drivers pulling over for police cars en route to emergencies. The study from the UI College of Public Health finds that police cars are nearly twice as likely …

 

New York Workers’ Comp Board Proposes Improvements in Care for Injured WorkersOpen in a New Window

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has proposed improvements in medical care for injured workers. Its proposal includes an increase in medical reimbursement to providers who treat workers’ compensation claimants and the adoption of a universal claim form to …

 

Woman Hurt on Ohio Fair Ride Gets $1.8M From Ride Owner, OthersOpen in a New Window

A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year’s Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million. A judge this week approved the settlement that calls for the ride’s owner, Amusements of America, and …

 

Fraud News: Arson, Auto Fraud Ring Sentencing, False Billing ScamOpen in a New Window

Iowa Woman Sentenced to Prison for Insurance Fraud A Camanche, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for carrying out insurance fraud involving a fire that destroyed her boyfriend’s vacant house. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say …

 

U.S. Regulators Consider Ideas for Boosting Medical Device SafetyOpen in a New Window

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug …

 

Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into Tesla Workplace ConditionsOpen in a New Window

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health said it has opened a new investigation into Tesla Inc. following a report about worker protections at the company’s lone auto plant in Fremont, California. The state agency “takes seriously reports of workplace …

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