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WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED AFTER WIFE DIED IN HER JAIL CELL

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A man whose wife died in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against jail medical providers.

The claimant and his wife were married less than two months when she died at the jail. A judge had jailed the wife for contempt after she arrived at the court house to settle a traffic matter with alcohol in her system.  Later she was found dead in her jail cell. An autopsy revealed she died after choking on her plastic identification bracelet.

The settlement amount was sealed.

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MAN TRYING TO KILL A SPIDER SETS HIS HOUSE ON FIRE

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We received a homeowners claim for a man who used a spray-paint can and lighter to try to kill a spider on the wall. He ended up setting fire to his house and causing an estimated $60,000 damage,

Stupid is as Stupid does. What was he thinking???

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Valet versus Self Park

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If handing over your keys to a valet sparks trust issues, you might want to self park.

A valet in Florida forget to put a car into park when he left it by a dock Tuesday evening. The car rolled away and was found bobbing in the ocean by Thursday morning.

Suba Divers had to help retrieve the car which was bobbing in fifteen feet of sea water.

Definitely going to subrogate on this claim!!!!!!

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Drink Coffee Before Attending a Baseball Game

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A fan that slept through part of a baseball game has sued the baseball organization for $10 million, alleging defamation because of television announcers who made comments about the man while he was sleeping. The coverage shows them joking about the guy, but the lawsuit claims that he was called derogatory names that don’t appear on the television coverage. Do you think the baseball organizations insurance carrier will pay anything towards settlement? There also is a question about actual damages. Sure, the guy was embarrassed, but did he lose a job or suffer monetary damages because of the defamation?

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ATTORNEY’S NEED TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

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In a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver of the car took the train company to court.

At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he’d done it. The court believed his story, and the suit was dismissed.

“Congratulations,” the lawyer said to the engineer when it was over. “You did superbly under cross-examination.”

“Thanks,” he said, “but he sure had me worried.”

“How’s that?” the lawyer asked.

“I was afraid he was going to ask if the damned lantern was lit!”

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Watch What You Post on Facebook (If You’re an Arsonist)

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A well-known inoperable hotel, awaiting renovation, was caught on fire on the fourth of July, apparently from arson. Shortly after the fire, it was discovered that someone had posted on the hotel’s Facebook page that the hotel should be burned to the ground. It looks like the fraud investigators are off to a good start!

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PUPPY VERSUS E-BRAKE

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We received a claim for an insured that was driving with a puppy in the passenger seat. She said it would not sit down and was going crazy. She was in heavy traffic so she reached over to quickly grab the puppy and pick him up to bring onto her lap. By mistake she grabbed the EMERGENCY BRAKE.

This move caused her to immediately skid and run into another car.

Yep, we cover stupid!!!

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GENERAL MOTORS could pay out billions to families affected by faulty ignition switches

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Car-maker will pay ‘whatever it costs’ to settle claims, says Kenneth Feinberg, who dealt with payments to 9/11 families

The families of those killed in crashes involving the General Motors cars with defective ignition switches could receive at least $1 million in compensation a fund administrator announced today.

The administrator, attorney Kenneth R Feinberg, is the ultimate arbiter of the fund, deciding whether claims are eligible and what the ultimate payout will be. There is no cap on the total amount of money that could be distributed through the fund – GM will pay whatever Feinberg determines to be appropriate.

“GM has basically said, whatever it costs to pay all eligible claims under the protocol, they will pay it,” Feinberg said in a press conference.

Payouts could range from $20,000 for those who spent one night in the hospital to tens of millions of dollars for those who survived crashes but were left with severe and chronic conditions such as brain damage or paralysis.

Also on Monday, GM announced the recall of 7.6million additional vehicles, some from model years as far back as 1997.

Calculations for those who’ve died and the most severely injured will be, in part, based on lifetime earnings using figures from agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or from personal earnings histories. “Non-economic loss” may also be considered in some cases. Those victims who decide to accept compensation from the fund would relinquish the right to sue GM, though they can apply for the compensation without giving up that right.

The company has recalled more than 20 million cars this year, including 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars with ignition switch problems. In mid-June, 3.36 million more cars, such as the Buick Lacrosse, were recalled for ignition problems that could lead to loss of power steering and braking.

Currently, GM has publicly linked 13 deaths to faulty ignition switches that caused vehicles to lose power. GM knew about the issue as early as 2001, in pre-production models of the Saturn Ion, but didn’t issue a recall until February of this year.

On Monday, GM CEO Mary Barra framed the “expeditious” handling of victims’ claims as the company’s ethical duty.

“We are pleased that Mr Feinberg has completed the next step with our ignition switch compensation program to help victims and their families,” Barra said in a statement.

“We are taking responsibility for what has happened by treating them with compassion, decency and fairness. To that end, we are looking forward to Mr. Feinberg handling claims in a fair and expeditious manner.”

Victims can apply between 1 August and 31 December, 2014.

People involved in crashes before GM declared bankruptcy in 2009 will be eligible to receive compensation, though the company could potentially have used legal protections it got as a result of that bankruptcy to avoid liability in those cases. Similarly, those who settled with the company before the defective ignition switch coverup was revealed will also be able to receive money from the fund.

Feinberg, who was hired by GM to run the compensation fund, has administered similar programs for a number of corporations, including the fund set up after the BP oil spill. He also handled compensation to families of 9/11 victims.

Written by: Jessica Glenza a breaking news reporter at the Guardian US

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