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2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

Written by Ankin Law Office

Here’s what other personal injury and worker’s compensation lawyers have been talking about during the month of June:

  • Legal Remedies for Patients Harmed by Unsafe Injection Practices (Protect Patients Blog).This article follows up on one of its previous articles regarding shoddy injection practices by certain healthcare providers. In the article “Safe Injection Practices Are Not a Shot in the Dark,” the author explains that tens of thousands of people are harmed every year from infections caused by sloppy injection procedures. This article also references another article, titled “Law as a Tool to Promote Healthcare Safety,” that discusses how the legal system can punish healthcare providers who engage in unsafe injection practices, and deter healthcare providers from putting patients at risk.
  • Workers’ Comp Covers Work-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents.(Workers Compensation Law Blog). In this article, the author explains a worker’s rights if he or she is injured in a work-related car accidents. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker may be able to recover money damages from the negligent party. As the article states, “It is important to note that the employer would have a subrogation right to be reimbursed for workers’ compensation benefits paid on your behalf against that of any third-party negligence claim where you obtained a recovery.”
  • Tired Truckers, In Brief (The Pop Tort). This article highlights the dangers of truck driver fatigue, particularly in light of comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart stemming from a truck accident that seriously injured Morgan, killed James McNair, and injured several others.
  • Wisconsin’s Medical Malpractice Cap Needs to Vamoose – Again (The Pop Tort). In this scathing article, the author explains why Wisconsin needs to get rid of its damage caps. Currently, noneconomic damages are capped at $750,000, but because many hospital workers are state employees – including the doctors at UW Health – the noneconomic damages are capped at $500,000 for wrongful death cases and punitive damages are banned in medical malpractice cases. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a $25.3 million jury award for a 53-year-old mother of four who “lost all four of her limbs as the result of medical malpractice.” The jury had awarded her $15 million for pain and suffering and $1.5 million for her husband’s loss of companionship, but the damages were subject to the state’s $750,000 cap.

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