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No Fault Pot Benefits

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A no fault claimant submitted receipts for marijuana, which were denied as not being appropriate, reasonably or necessary or related to the subject car accident. The hearings officer ruled that the marijuana was used for pain relief for injuries sustained in the car accident and so the denials were held improper.

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According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, a total of 4,585 fatal work injuries were recorded in the US in 2013 :

1. Logging workers
Total fatalities for 2013: 59
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 91.3
According to the BLS, these workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.

2. Fishers and related fishing workers
Total fatalities for 2013: 27
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 75.0
According to the BLS, these workers catch and trap various types of marine life. The fish they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses.

3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
Total fatalities for 2013: 64
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 50.6
According to the BLS, these professionals pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo.

4. Roofers
Total fatalities for 2013: 72
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 40.5
According to the BLS, roofers repair and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, asphalt, and metal.

5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
Total fatalities for 2013: 33
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 33.0
According to the BLS, these workers collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into trucks.

6. Mining machine operators
Total fatalities for 2013: 16
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 26.9
According to the BLS, these workers operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.

7. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
Total fatalities for 2013: 806
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 23.6
According to the BLS, these workers drive trucks or other vehicles over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. They may also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

8. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
Total fatalities for 2013: 231
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 22.9
According to the BLS, farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.

9. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
Total fatalities for 2013: 27
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 21.5
According to the BLS, these workers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.

10. Construction laborers
Total fatalities for 2013: 220
Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 18.1
According to the BLS, these workers perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. They may operate hand and power tools of all types, and may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris, and other waste materials.

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These are sentences exactly as typed by medical secretaries in National Health Service Greater Glasgow

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1. The patient has no previous history of suicide.

2. Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.

3. Patient’s medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

4. She has no rigours or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6. On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.

7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9. Discharge status:- Alive, but without my permission.

10. Healthy, appearing decrepit, 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.

11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12. She is numb from her toes down.

13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.

14. The skin was moist and dry.

15. Occasional constant infrequent headaches.

16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our care for physical therapy.

20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23. Skin: somewhat pale, but present.

24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

26. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

27. When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

28. The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.

29. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

30. She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.

31. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

32. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

33. By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

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Compensable Psyche Claim for This CASHIER

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We received a stress claim for a cashier that was involved in a hold up.

A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Gas Station and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store cashier and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

Dumb Criminal and a compensable Worker’s Compensation Psyche claim for the Cashier!!!!!

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A serial fraudster who pretended to have cancer in order to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion has been arrested. The 29 year old female, was arrested in Georgia, where she was living under an assumed name.

Prosecutors allege she told her Arizona obstetrician in March 2010 that she had cancer and that her pregnancy put her life in further danger and even produced fake documents.

The Arizona attorney general’s office said she is accused of felony charges of theft, fraudulent schemes and artifices, forgery and taking the identity of another person or entity. She allegedly presented information to the physician that she had stage four cancer and was scheduled to immediately resume treatment in Boston, which would include the removal of tumors in her abdomen and lower spinal area. She allegedly produced a one-page letter from a Massachusetts physician to back her claims.
She provided details about her ‘medical condition,’ citing symptoms and treatments she was undergoing for the terminal illness.’

Records show her pregnancy was terminated at a Phoenix hospital on April 8, 2010.  She was enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and had her costs associated with the abortion paid for by the state, according to prosecutors.
The abortion was not questioned until she returned to the same doctor for another pregnancy one year later. However, this time she wasn’t seeking an abortion. She was ready to deliver a full-term baby she was carrying. Court documents say during the birth the doctor found no signs of cancer. This led to a check with the Boston doctor, which revealed that ‘he did not know the patient and had never treated her,’ proving the cancer letter from him was a fraud. These documents show she has also been posing as a military sergeant for some time.

AHCCCS will only cover pregnancy terminations under limited circumstances, including whether the mother’s life is endangered.After the pregnancy was terminated, authorities said information was obtained that indicated she falsified medical documents purporting that she had cancer. They said the physician who she listed as the one treating her for cancer was contacted and indicated that he had never treated her or even met her.

Charges were filed against her after a joint investigation by the FBI, the Arizona attorney general’s office and the office of the inspector general within AHCCCS. She has also been posing as a military sergeant for some time. She also has a tainted past and a lengthy list of offenses, including drunk driving, drug abuse, forgery, and fraud. This seems like a lot of work to go through for the payment of an abortion!!!

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Sexual Encounter Gone Very Wrong

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Claimant alleges that he exited the insured’s restaurant late at night and tripped on a slippery walkway adjacent to the building, injuring his neck and back. The surveillance tapes show Plaintiff having sex against the building with an unidentified woman. She then pushed him away from her, causing him to fall on the walkway. Our concern was that the sexual encounter might have been a rape and so the tapes were turned over to the police.

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A California jury on April 28 awarded a couple more than $13 million in a mesothelioma case alleging asbestos exposure from tainted talcum powder. It is the first asbestos-tainted talcum powder verdict against Colgate-Palmolive Co (Judith and John Winkel v. Calavaras Asbestos Ltd., et al., No. BC549253, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

Judith and John Winkel filed suit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming that she contracted mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos. Judith Winkel allegedly suffered exposure while using Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. The Winkels claimed that the talc used in Cashmere Bouquet contained asbestos.

The jury deliberated for two hours before awarding the Winkel’s $13 million, according to sources. The award consists of $125,000 in past medical bills, $508,000 in other economic damages; $1 million for past noneconomic damages; $10 million in future noneconomic damages and $1.4 million for John Winkel’s loss of consortium, sources said.

The jury apportioned 95 percent of the liability for Judith Winkel’s mesothelioma on Colgate-Palmolive, according to sources.

Sources said the jury found for the Winkels on all 21 jury questions, including finding Colgate-Palmolive negligent in the design, manufacture or sale of Cashmere Bouquet; that the negligence was a substantial factor in Judith Winkel’s disease; that Cashmere Bouquet failed to perform as an ordinary consumer would expect and that the design was a substantial factor in Judith Winkel’s harm; that the risks of Cashmere Bouquet outweighed the benefits; that Cashmere Bouquet contained a defect when it left Colgate-Palmolive’s possession and that the defect was a substantial factor in her disease; that Cashmere Bouquet contained potential risks known or knowable to Colgate-Palmolive; that Cashmere Bouquet presented a substantial danger and that ordinary consumers would not have been able to identify the risk; and that the lack of warning was a substantial factor in Judith Winkel’s injuries.


Sources said the jury apportioned 1.5 percent of the liability each to non-party defendants Johnson Tractor, and Sears, Roebuck & Co. and 1 percent each to non-party defendants Caterpillar Inc. and Robert Hart & Sons.

The jury found that Colgate-Palmolive acted with malice, but the case settled prior to the punitive damages phase.

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During a deposition of a Plaintiff, Defense counsel asked if there was any reason why Plaintiff couldn’t proceed with her deposition. She then vomited all over the table. Without skipping a beat, the attorney said, “that’s enough reason.” The deposition was rescheduled.

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