Authorities say a Wisconsin man suspect of his 10th drunken driving offense is blaming a Wisconsin tradition for his latest legal troubles. The police officer saw the man make a U-turn on a busy highway. So he followed him and ran his plates. It was discovered he was driving on a suspended drivers’ license. He was pulled over and when the officer approached the vehicle it smelled like alcohol. The criminal complaint filed says the 75-year-old driver told the deputy that stopped him that the reason he smelled like alcohol is because he had been at a fish fry and had eaten beer-battered fish. He was immediately reffered for a blood alcohol test and DUI charges were filed.
Submitted By: elleg on December 19, 2014
The 67-year-old Utah woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly drinking sweet tea laced with a lye-based cleaner at a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in August has reached a deal with the restaurant. According to the Associated Press, Jan Harding and Dickey’s barbecue issued a joint statement this week “announcing that they came to terms on an agreement that will lead to extensive changes at the business” so that a similar incident never occurs again. Details regarding how much money Harding received have not been disclosed.
In August, and employee accidentally confused a chemical cleaner with the sweetner used to make the ice tea and ended up mixing in six full cups of the powdered lye. Harding suffered severe burns in her throat, which put her in the hospital, but has now made a “good recovery.”
Prosecutors decided to not file charges against the restaurant because while there were many employee errors, there was “no evidence of criminal wrong doing.” Harding and her family have worked with the restaurant to help them implement procedures to avoid a repeat of the incident. Dickey’s tells the AP that the event was “isolated and unprecendented” in the chain’s 73 year history.
Submitted By: Neil on December 16, 2014
A woman who appeared on the reality TV series “Bridezillas” has surrendered to authorities on 14 felony counts of insurance fraud. Anita Maxwell, 55, was charged with submitting fraudulent documents and making false claims to receive more than $40,000 in undeserved workers’ compensation benefits, California Department of Insurance officials said. Maxwell surrendered to the Superior Court of California, Division 30, in Los Angeles County.
Maxwell, who was employed by Los Angeles County for Cedars-Sinai Health System, appeared on “Bridezillas” season 4, episodes 1 and 2 in June 2007 and is the only Bridezilla to have been left at the altar.
The agency launched an investigation in 2012 after Maxwell claimed she injured her neck, back and shoulder while assisting a patient as a clinical partner, officials said. While out on workers’ compensation, Maxwell allegedly lied to her doctor, denying she had prior injuries to neck, back and shoulder, but officials say Maxwell had multiple prior injuries dating back to 1990.
Prior to the 2012 claim, Maxwell received $20,000 from similar workers’ compensation claims, officials said. When he learned of her prior injuries, Maxwell’s doctor said he would have changed the apportionment and disability amounts to reflect the past trauma, lowering her claim to only 25 percent related to her work injury.
Maxwell was also accused of submitting false mileage forms for her travel to and from doctors and physical therapy appointments. Surveillance conducted during the investigation showed that Maxwell had commuted to her appointments from a different location than the one she reported to her insurer on more than a dozen occasions, officials said. The fraudulent mileage forms submitted resulted in over $5,000 in underserved mileage reimbursement.
“Taking advantage of the workers’ compensation system is not only illegal, but costly to all Californians who pay for this fraud through higher premiums,” Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement. “These types of fraudulent claims are an insult to legitimately injured workers.”
Submitted By: denied on December 12, 2014
A car crashed into a house in Indianapolis for the 11th time in 30 years! This time, a speeding car crashed into the dining room while the owners of the house were relaxing in the living room. Luckily, no one was hurt.
We calcltated that A car crashes into the house on average once every 3 years, meaning extensive insurance payments for the property damage. It was reported that the homeowners were again staying at a hotel at their insurer’s expense while repairs were being made. The insurer has never cancelled the homeowner as they can usually subrogate against the at fault drivers car insurance. I would think they would be terrified to sleep at night.
They owners have been pleading the city for a stop sign at the cross street in front of the house which would slow the speeding cars that habitually crash into the house, but so far government officials haven’t responded to the homeowners’ pleas. Now that is CRAZY!
Submitted By: SoftKitty on December 10, 2014
The mother of an 18-month-old toddler who was allegedly injured during an incident with her father versus police officers seeks $1 million from the city.
The incident began when the grandfather of the toddler told police his son was making violent threats and he wanted him removed from his home. The toddler’s Dad initially declined to the leave the home as officers surrounded the place. He eventually came outside, but was using the toddler as a human shield. The police planned to use a stun gun to subdue the Dad and then rush in to take the toddler from his arms. However, the Dad tried to run and fell on his daughter when he was struck by the electric probes of the Stun Gun. Police were unable to grab the child in time and they all fell in a big heap.
The claim alleges negligence and recklessness on the part of officers.Stating the actions went above and beyond their duties and procedures. The toddler suffered a fractured skull, two cracked vertebrae and minor lacerations when her father landed on her.
The girl’s father was arrested and appears to be taking no responsibility for the incident.
Submitted By: j lo on December 10, 2014
Doctors’ decapitated baby during birth and tried to hide it from parents after the dead infant was delivered by C-section by two negligent obstetricians. According to report, obstetrician’s tried to hide it by shoving the child’s body and severed head back into birth canal. Therefore, the Missouri couple filed a lawsuit against both obstetricians due to this horrific incident.
The doctor had schedule the baby to be delivered via C-section rather than vaginally because the child had an abnormally large abdomen. However, when the expectant mother prematurely went into labor on March 22 only 28 weeks and five days into her term Doctor would not agree to the cesarean instead would attempt to a vaginal delivery. The couple requested to go to a different hospital but the Doctor refused to let them go.
The infant’s head was delivered in the first stage of the birthing process, but in the second stage which got under way at around 10:30 pm, the lawsuit claims that his large abdomen became lodged in the birth canal. According to the complaint, the Doctor applied traction to the child’s head in an attempt to dislodge his body, at which point the infant was decapitated. Report states, blood shot out from the baby’s arteries and veins, spilling onto the floor in full view of the mother and father, who were sitting only two to four feet away from the birthing bed.
The Lawsuit states that the Doctor then ‘pushed decedent’s head and body back into plaintiff mothers’ birth canal’ and called for an emergency C-section.
The doctor started cutting into the woman’s abdomen before the anesthesia fully set in, causing her great pain and suffering in the process, the suit says.
During the procedure, the doctor ‘surgically and completely removed’ the child’s head form his neck and torso.
Before handing the little boy to his parents, the Doctor had allegedly ‘intentionally concealed’ his neck wounds, although the complaint does not specify how it was done.
The suit seeks unspecified damages to cover pregnancy cost, funeral expenses as well as personal injury and wrongful death.
Submitted By: elleg on December 4, 2014
In a review of records obtained in a Work Comp case we came across a police report alleging identity theft recently. We had completed a Social Security search and had requested records from each of the applicant’s prior employers. The records obtained from one employer where from another individual with the same name and Social Security number. When that person was advised that his employment records where being obtained for a Work Comp case he notified the police of the theft of his identity! Apparently the applicant in our case had been using this other person’s name, date of birth and Social Security number for a number of years…
Submitted By: Jefferson on December 4, 2014
I was taking a recorded statement from an insured that was in auto versus moose accident. She stated that she was on a country road when she drove around a corner and a large moose with Antlers was standing in the road. She tried to swerve to avoid him but hit him as he moved at the same time as swerved.
She was in the car with her 8 year old son. They both got out of the car to check on the animal and as they approached the front of the car the moose lifted his head and looked at them. He had blood on his nose. Her son started screaming that his Mom had killed “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” He ran back to the car and was hysterical.
Our insured called the police to report the injury and to have the animal taken off the road. The police asked her if anyone was hurt and she advised no but, that her son was hysterical as he thought she killed “Rudolph.”
We paid for the damage to repair her car. Now she has advised that she is going to be pursuing and emotional distress claim for her son as all of his future Christmas’s have been ruined as he does not think Santa can deliver any gifts as his best reindeer is now dead. And since his Mom killed Rudolph Santa would never stop at their house again. I asked if she had gotten any medical treatment for her son and she said no as she was afraid a doctor would tell her son that Santa did not really exist and confuse him even more. I told her that we would not be paying for this allegation as there was no medical treatment incurred. She yelled at me “I will see you in court. No Judge will side against my broken son at Christmas! He has had pain and suffering”
Submitted By: laird on December 4, 2014
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