The Chicago personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to protecting accident and injury victims. As such, we are committed to staying abreast of any recent developments regarding personal injury and workers’ compensation. Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers were talking about the week of July 30, 2013:
- Lawmaker Who Wrote Legislation to Limit Malpractice Damages Now Says It’s Bad Law (Protect Patients Blog). This article discusses the problems associated with California’s law limiting medical malpractice awards. Like many other states, California’s medical malpractice law caps all damages in malpractice cases at $250,000, with the exception of medical bills and economic losses (typically lost earnings). The cap was set in 1975 when the law took effect and has not subject to inflation. Accordingly, $250,000 is worth less than $58,000 today. Among the chief critics of California’s medical malpractice caps is Barry Keene, the former California legislator who had advocated for the damage cap at the time it was passed.
- Transportation Accidents: Data Recorders Will Soon Define Compensability of Accidents (Worker’s Compensation Law Blog). New technology on the horizon – in the form of vehicle “black boxes” – may soon be able to provide critical information in determining whether a motor vehicle accident accident happened during the course of employment. While the boxes can provide helpful information regarding safety problems and accident data, the boxes also raise a number of privacy concerns.
- Roller Coasting Towards the Regulatory Abyss (The Pop Tort). This article criticizes the lack of regulation regarding roller coasters and other amusement park rides. Specifically, many rides do not have weight restrictions, which can be a safety problem since the negative G-force (which riders feel when they go down a hill) multiples a person’s weight and puts additional pressure on the safety restraint. Texas, where a roller coaster rider recently fell to her death, is one of at least 17 states that does not have a state agency responsible for inspecting amusement park rides.
- Recent Articles about Bicycle Helmets and Traumatic Brain Injury (Traumatic Brain Injury Law Blog). While bike helmets do a great job of protecting the skull in an accident, this article points to a number of sources indicating that they may not adequately protect bicyclists from concussion injuries.