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April 2020

7th Circuit: Insurer has no obligation to ambulance fleet service after fatal crash

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An ambulance that crashed into a car and killed its driver was not covered under an insurance policy, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. As a result, the insurer had no obligation to either the ambulance service or its employee. At the time of the accident, Markel Insurance Company insured United Emergency Medical Services’ fleet of ambulances. But…

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Coronavirus comp claims present challenges: Experts

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Employees will be filing workers comp claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it remains unclear what proportion of the claims will be compensable, a panel of experts said. Rules regarding occupational disease claims vary by state and in many cases workers will not be able to prove they contracted the disease at work, they said. However, the scope and…

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Estate of Walmart Employee Who Died From COVID-19 Sues for Wrongful Death

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The family of a Walmart Inc. employee in Illinois who died after contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has filed a lawsuit accusing the retail giant of failing to adequately screen and protect workers. The lawsuit filed in Illinois state court on Monday by the estate of Wando Evans says the Walmart store south of Chicago was…

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Ban on Holding Cellphone While Driving Begins July 1 in Indiana

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Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure on March 18, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle. People violating the law after…

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Doctors on virus frontline seek protection from malpractice suits

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U.S. medical professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are lobbying policymakers for protection from potential malpractice lawsuits as hospitals triage care and physicians take on roles outside their specialties. State chapters of the powerful American Medical Association and other groups representing health care providers have been pressing governors for legal cover for decisions made in crisis-stricken emergency rooms….

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Federal and state OSHAs overrun with COVID-19 complaints

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Federal and state agencies have seen a large influx of workplace safety complaints related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and experts urge employers to create exposure control plans in case an agency comes knocking. Unlike the flu and common cold, COVID-19 is considered a recordable illness by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “This is the busiest we’ve ever been,”…

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