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RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: MAN SPENT 6 MONTHS IN JAIL AS NO ONE TOLD HIM BAIL WAS $1.00

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A Queens man said his Legal Aid lawyers and city jail officials left him to languish in Rikers for nearly six months — because they never informed him that his $50,000 bail had been reduced to just $1.

The claimant aka Salem, who was arrested in 2014 for stealing a coat from Zara on Fifth Avenue, is now suing in Manhattan federal court.

The suit, filed Monday, says a couple of New York state judges lowered his $50,000 bail within days of his November 2014 arrest. But Salem’s Legal Aid lawyers never told him — nor did any Rikers officials, according to the Manhattan federal lawsuit.

Salem, who is currently serving time in state prison tied to the theft, only discovered he could have been freed in less than a week’s time after he was finally released from Rikers in April 2015, more than a hundred days too late, the lawsuit said.

He was only released because a kind prison chaplain fronted the $1 in bail money, the lawsuit claims.

Written by Kaja Whitehouse The New York Post

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Jacuzzi or Pedi?

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Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against our insured, a salon, at which she received a pedicure. She claimed that her foot became infected after the pedicure. At her deposition, she was asked what she did after her pedicure. She went swimming and soaked in a public jacuzzi. We argued that the jacuzzi could have been the source of her infection. We were able to settle for a nominal sum.

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Mouth Breather

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Claimant called our office four times and breathed heavily on the phone. We were trying to figure out how to block this person from calling when he showed up at our office. He explained that he’s having heart problems, causing him to breath heavily. The stress of calling in his auto claim makes it worse. He filled out a no fault application and claimed it caused him to breathe heavily. I then pointed out the obvious–he had said that his heavy breathing was caused by a heart problem. He then said, “Oh, yeah.” He then asked, “would you believe my neck pain is caused by the accident?” By then I was irritated. I responded, “It’s hard to believe a thing from any of you.”

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Cell Phone Records Killed the Theft Claim

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An insured reported that his motor home was stolen in 2014. On the day that it was reported stolen it was found submerged in a canal. It was missing its license plates and VIN tag. The steering wheel had been tied to keep it driving straight and a pole was wedged against the accelerator. After discussion with the sheriff the carrier assigned the claim to a special investigations unit. During the course of the investigation, cell phone records were obtained from the insured, his wife and his son. By checking the “pings” it was found that at one point the cell was near a cell tower at the location of the submerged motor home. The claim was ultimately denied.

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If you fall out of your car are you covered?

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The driver became nauseous while driving and pulled over because he felt that he was going to get sick. He put the car in park, leaving the engine running. He unbuckled his seat belt and leaned out the driver’s door to vomit. He passed out and feel forward onto the ground, striking his head and suffering significant injuries. His bills for this incident were in excess of $10,000.00 and he filed a claim for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) under his auto coverage. The claim was denied because the carrier stated that since the car was not “being operated as a motor vehicle” when parked and therefore the policyholder was not entitled to the PIP coverage. The policyholder sued the carrier for breach of contract. The court held in favor of the carrier. Maybe if he hadn’t parked the car and still gotten sick…

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No Claim of Injury But You Get an Award

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In 2016 in Kentucky there was a telephone scam in which individuals were told that they had been awarded workers’ compensation benefits and that those benefits would be released once a “tax/fee” has been paid to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Unfortunately, this was a scam that many fell for despite the fact that they were never injured on the job, that no fee is collected for benefits and there is no Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in Kentucky!

Who expects to get money for an injury that they knew never occurred???

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DOCTOR GOES TO YOUTUBE FOR HELP WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

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The family of a South Carolina man who died at a hospital are suing his doctor, who they claim turned to YouTube for how to perform the surgery.
The claimant went to the emergency room last March for a severe allergic reaction. While there, his tongue and throat kept swelling and he struggled to swallow or speak. His condition worsened to the point where he had trouble breathing, so his emergency room doctor attempted to intubate him, but was unable. Then, instead of consulting with other doctors, the suit claims the doctor went on YouTube to search how to perform a Cricothyrotomy procedure to help the claimant breathe.
The claimant died from cardiac arrest. Police were called to investigate his death at the hospital where they found the YouTube page still open on the doctor’s computer.
Their attorney said the family is also troubled by the doctor’s criminal history. In 2008, he was arrested for misdemeanor assault in Virginia.

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Terminated for someone else’s beef jerky injury

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A woman working at a beef jerky plant witnessed a co-worker’s thumb being amputated by a band saw at work. She assisted the injured worker and attempted to call 911 from her cell phone. Her employer told her to hang up. After the injured employee was taken to the hospital she noticed that there was blood splattered all over the floor and wall. She alleges that the employer did little to clean up the blood. The woman ultimately contacted a USDA inspector to discuss her sanitation concerns. Two days later she was fired. She was allegedly fired because production was slow. Her boss though did mention that there were too many government regulations and stated “the government always had a hand in his business.” An OSHA investigation found that the company violated the law when the employer fired her for attempting to call 911. A lawsuit for for punitive dames and lost wages was filed.

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