Bodily Injury

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Middle District of Florida: Court Denies Summary Judgment For Insured On First-Party Bad Faith Claim Where Permanence Of Injury...

Cadle v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-1591-ORL-31G, 2014 WL 4983746 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 6, 2014). Middle District of Florida finds that insured’s bad faith claim for first-party failure to settle could not properly be...more

Indiana Court Holds Auto Exclusion Applicable to Forklift-Related Injury

In its recent decision in National Am. Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Lake State Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160593 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 14, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion...more

Risks Associated with Untreated Dog Bites

There is no denying that in the San Fernando Valley, we love our dogs. From dog-friendly businesses to outdoor dining areas, packed dog parks, and more, it is clear that we live in one animal-friendly city. Unfortunately,...more

Guardrail Ends – Open and Obvious Court Ends Liability for Contractor and Engineer Based Upon Slavin Doctrine

The Slavin Doctrine has been on the books for more than fifty years and is a favorite defense used by contractors, architects and engineers defending against personal injury and wrongful death claims. Generally, the Slavin...more

OSHA Revises Rule on Injury and Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping - What Employers Need to Know Now About the Changes Effective...

On Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule takes effect requiring employers to notify OSHA within eight hours, when an employee is killed on the job; and...more

Can I Sue If I Was Hit By a Car While Jaywalking?

While California pedestrians are legally required to cross streets in demarcated crosswalks, if you were jaywalking in the San Fernando Valley and were hit by a car, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your...more

Injured Workers Wrongfully Billed for Medical Care

If you are an injured worker with an accepted workers' compensation claim in Nevada, you should not be receiving bills from hospitals, radiologists, labs, doctors, or physical therapists for treatment that was authorized by...more

Uncertainty about the time limit for filing a groundwater contamination claim in North Carolina.

What is the latest date upon which a private plaintiff must file a claim for personal injury or property damage based on groundwater contamination in North Carolina? Until recently, the answer to this question appeared...more

Second Injury To A Body Part

Most of us have suffered some sort of injury over time. Be it from minor tweaks to major fractures, few of us go unscathed. Given this fact of life, a problem injured workers face is what happens if they hurt a body part on...more

California Employer That Did Not Gain Benefit From Employee’s Use of Car Is Not Liable for Accident

Lobo v. Tamco, No. E054523 (September 10, 2014): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that under the “going and coming” rule, an employer was not vicariously liable for an accident caused by an employee’s...more

Halloween Injuries: Who’s Liable?

With Halloween just around the corner, many residents of the San Fernando Valley are preparing for trick-or-treaters of all ages. While Halloween is supposed to be a fun, accident-free holiday, injuries can and do happen. ...more

Assumption of Risk on the Field of Play – A 2014 New York Roundup

Assumption of Risk is a simple doctrine. If you head down the ski slope, you assume the risk that you will wipe out – or that another skier will lose control and smack into you. If you play baseball, you assume the risk that...more

Coverage Options for Employee Asbestos Claims

Over the past year, courts in Illinois and Pennsylvania have dramatically altered the ability of an employee to bring claims against past and present employers for asbestos-related injuries. Traditionally, employees were...more

Just Because You Hurt Isn't Enough To Establish You're Entitled To Benefits

As we’ve discussed, you have to prove that you’ve been injured as a result of your work-related accident to get medical treatment for that injury. One of the common misconceptions that can arise out of workers’ comp claims...more

TLSS New Jersey Attorneys Obtain Unanimous Defense Verdict in Bodily Injury Case Against Trader Joe’s

On October 16, 2014, TLSS associate Laura Faustino and partner Stuart A. Panensky won a unanimous defense verdict in a jury trial involving the Plaintiff Diana Seuffert’s claim for bodily injury sustained on the Trader Joe’s...more

Defendant’s Gross Negligence Leads to Adverse Inference Instruction (New York)

Riley v. Marriott Int’l, 2014 WL 4794657 (W.D. N.Y. Sept. 25, 2014). In this personal injury case, the plaintiffs sought video surveillance and “sweep logs” after one of the plaintiffs slipped and fell in the...more

What Is An Idiopathic Injury?

There are a lot of work place injuries that happen in North Carolina for reasons no one can explain, even the person who got hurt. Most of the time, these injuries happen when someone passes out, falls, and hurt themselves or...more

Pedestrian Accidents and Life Care Planning

The sad truth of the matter is that in a “scuffle” between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is most likely to lose and serious injuries are most often the result. In many cases of pedestrian accidents in the...more

Drawing the long bow of causation in personal injury claims – pre-existing conditions, medical complications and foreseeability

The consequences of an accident resulting in personal injuries can have far-reaching impact and can continue for many years after the tort has occurred. While an injured person may sustain immediately identifiable personal...more

Getting More Treatment

A lot of times we’ll get calls from injured workers saying that the adjuster has told them their case has been closed and they can’t get anymore treatment or disability benefits. Sometimes, the adjuster’s right. But a lot...more

One Accident, Multiple Causes—Single Policy Limit

Barry P. Goldberg tirelessly looks for every available source of recovery, especially in serious injury cases. Often an accident has many possible causes. The obvious causes usually involve other negligent drivers, road...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Review Pro-Policyholder Decision; Contrary Arguments Possible

For years, product manufacturers relied on commercial general liability policies to defend and indemnify them for product liability claims. Although these policies may exclude coverage for pure economic loss or for damage to...more

Fund management expenses in catastrophic personal injuries cases – awards on top of awards?

The costs of managing awards of damages for catastrophic personal injury claims comprise one of the most significant heads of damage that a plaintiff is awarded. These costs often make up around 20% of the total award. ...more

Protecting Your Interests After a Car Accident: Tips for Anticipating a Personal Injury Lawsuit

After an automobile accident in the San Fernando Valley, a number of pressing thoughts are often racing through your mind. Am I okay? How much damage is there to my car? Should I get an attorney? Will I be sued? There...more

Nevada Insurers Often Wrong About Pre-existing Conditions

Any injured worker over the age of 30 with a serious work injury is likely to find some reference in his or her medical records to degeneration of the body part being examined. Degenerative disc disease, for example, is...more

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