Month: March 2021

COVID Executive Order Limits Malpractice Lawsuits

Changes made during the early stages of the pandemic are having long-lasting effects on the legal system.Back then, Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order to make it harder to sue health care providers for wrongdoing. That was supposed to protect providers amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.

One central Illinois couple says they had a terrible experience at one health care facility, but because of the governor’s order, they can’t find an attorney who will take their case.

I Fought an Insurance Company in a Slip-and-Fall Case. Here’s What I Learned

This winter, after I lost my footing and shattered my arm on an icy sidewalk, I knew I faced a grueling physical recovery. What I didn’t anticipate was the weeks of wrangling with an insurance company for what was ultimately a modest settlement. My slip-and-fall homeowners insurance saga offers lessons in case you, too, ever tumble to injury on snow, wet leaves, or another hazard.

My mishap happened in front of someone’s house on a January Minneapolis evening, as I was walking my twelve-year-old dog. The fall broke both the bones in my right lower arm, and a titanium plate and screws were required to put the larger bone back together. I lost about two months of work and a major gig, and I’m still having physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion in my hand and wrist.

After reviewing my claim for a few weeks, the insurance company said the homeowner wasn’t liable, and awarded me less than a fifth of the amount I sought.

Bayer’s Roundup Settlement: A Brief History

The Settlement Deal With Bayer’s Roundup Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Cases Continues –Here Is A Brief History.

Bayer has been working out Monsanto’s Roundup settlement since acquiring the glyphosate manufacturer in 2018. The corporation expects to resolve future claims that its weedkiller causes cancer by mid-May. Here is a brief history of Bayer’s $11 billion outline settlement.

San Diego County sexual-misconduct lawsuits against ex-deputy exceed $4.6 million

The criminal case against Richard Fischer all but ended last May, when the former San Diego sheriff’s deputy who had pleaded guilty to a spate of sexual misconduct charges was released after five months after being sentenced to 44 months in custody.

But the civil cases filed by many of his victims persist — and San Diego County taxpayers are picking up the tab.

Concerns of Neglect in Nursing Homes

Potential neglect and prolonged isolation may have caused serious harm to many people in nursing homes in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today.

Interviews with more than 60 people, as well as reports from independent monitors, revealed concerns including extreme weight loss, dehydration, untreated bedsores, inadequate hygiene, mental and physical decline, and inappropriate use of psychotropic medications among nursing home residents. Staffing shortages, a longstanding issue that was a significant problem during the pandemic, and the absence of family visitors, many of whom nursing homes rely on to help staff with essential tasks, may have contributed to possible neglect and decline. Federal and state authorities should investigate the situation and ensure accountability for abuse.

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