February 19, 2018 On January 12, 2018, a former Southern California hospital owner was sentenced for to more than five years in prison for filing fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. The former Pacific Hospital owner was also fined $500,000 for masterminding a $600 million workers’ compensation scheme. He pled guilty to charges of paying illegal kickbacks…

Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Modern-Day Slavery at Oklahoma Chicken Plant Three workers submitted a class-action lawsuit in late October 2017, claiming that they had to work as little more than slaves at a chicken processing plant as part of their drug rehabilitation program. Judges in jurisdictions across the nation have ordered defendants to work at these…

November 6, 2017 Now that medical marijuana is legal in many states, including Maine, they will need to consider if workers’ compensation covers the use of the drug. However, since marijuana is still illegal according to federal laws, the insurer might be held legally responsible in drug charges under the law. The details of the…

October 18, 2017 In August 2017, a family won what might be the largest wrongful-death lawsuit for medical malpractice in Minnesota after a jury awarded them $20 million when a woman died on Aug. 26, 2013, days after giving birth. After the birth of her baby, the mother went home but then complained of nausea…

September 5, 2017 An investigation by the Orange County District Attorney began by looking at medical frauds that took advantage of Spanish-speaking people but found a large workers’ compensation referral scheme. The discovery led to the filing of fraud charges by the OCDA against 16 people, including 10 attorneys. The massive scheme involved $300 million…

August 31, 2017 A New Jersey family has petitioned the state’s highest court to restore a $102 million judgment their grandson received after suffering extensive abuse as a result of a beating from his father. He was less than 12 months old at the time. The judgment was awarded against the child welfare system for…

June 30, 2017 On March 23, 2017, Robbin Smith, a paralyzed woman from Colorado, was awarded $14.9 million after The Surgery Center at Lone Tree, a medical-care facility that focuses on same-day surgical care, was found to commit medical malpractice. According to her attorneys, this was the second-largest malpractice verdict in the state’s history. A…

June 20, 2017 In early May 2017, a jury concluded that Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams, should pay Wiley Brown $149,000 for a dog bite that he suffered during an uninvited visit to Easley’s home. While Easley was out of town in April 2014, he rented a townhouse in Boca Raton…

May 31, 2017 The family of Daisy Lynn Torres took legal action against Austin Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Michael Melanson, the on-site anesthesiologist and the Texas Anesthesiology Association for the wrongful death of their 14-month-old daughter who died following a dental procedure. The lawsuit asserts that Daisy Lynn’s death was tied to a corporate scam to…

April 30, 2017 Steven Harold Cooper received an award for $2.5 million dollars after U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns concluded that the substandard care Cooper received at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center led to his stage-IV prostate cancer, unnecessary physical and mental suffering and loss of dignity and life satisfaction. Cooper, now 46…

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