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Victims of Dr. Robert E. Anderson at University of Michigan

A law firm hired by the University of Michigan, WilmerHale, has concluded that over the span of thirty-seven years as a U of M employee, Dr. Anderson engaged in sexual misconduct with patients on countless occasions. Dr. Anderson’s misconduct ranged from performing medically unnecessary hernia and rectal examinations on patients, to manually stimulating male patients and causing them to ejaculate, to sexual contact in exchange for medical services. Evidence suggests that beginning in the late 1960s, patients started raising concerns about Dr. Anderson’s misbehavior…… Continue reading, Click Here.

Peloton – Recalls All Treadmills After Numerous Injuries and One Death

After reports of more than a dozen serious injuries, including the death of a child, Peloton Interactive, Inc. (Peloton) has announced a recall on all of its Tread and Tread + treadmill devices.  This recall comes a little less than a month after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a stark warning that customers with children and pets should immediately stop using the Peloton Tread +.….. Continue reading, Click Here

How to Avoid Car Accidents This Spring

We all love spring.  Let’s face it, after a long cold winter, any warmth we get in Northeast Ohio is welcomed.  With anything in life, change can be difficult, and at times, even dangerous.  While we welcome longer daylight hours, we often can be affected in ways we don’t realize. The time change can bring a lack of sleep, decreased concentration, and generally a higher risk of car accidents….. Continue reading, Click Here

Summer Tip #1: What To Do If You Are Bitten By a Dog

Summer has arrived. We have been outdoors enjoying the sun, exercising, imagine the worst occurs, and you are bitten by a dog.  What do you do?  Dog bites can cause severe injuries and according the CDC, there are more than 4.7 million dog bites a year.

What should you do if you have been injured by a dog attack?  Follow these steps to ensure your health and safety as well as the health and safety of your community. To read more, Click Here.

Nursing Home Negligence - Are Your Loved Ones at Risk?

Nursing home negligence is one of the most common forms of abuse and neglect against adults 65 years of age and older.  During these times we are living in of COVID-19 we may not be able to visit or check-in with our loved ones as much as we would like, so it’s important to see the signs of nursing home neglect before it becomes a life-threatening problem. It’s also important to take all necessary steps to ensure your loved one is well taken care of and removed out of any potentially bad situations.

To learn more about what to look for, Click Here

Summer Tip #2: How To Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

Now that summer is here, FINALLY, we are outdoors enjoying the sun and many have started driving motorcycles.  While its important for motorcyclists to follow the rules of the road, its equally important that those of us who are driving larger vehicles do our part to stay alert and help prevent motorcycle accidents.

To see a few tips to help prevent motorcycle accidents this summer, Click Here.

BWC Board approves $1.6 billion dividend for Ohio employers

We support the State of Ohio’s recognition that employer’s need relief due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus by giving back $1.6 billion of employer’s workers’ compensation premiums. We also see in our daily practice of representing those that the system is designed to protect, the injured and their families, that the BWC, and many employers continue to the fight claims of the many injured workers we represent. Our fight has been and always remains with our clients’ right to obtain fair and just compensation for their injuries at work.  We remain committed to the fight for the injured and their families who need our help more now than ever. 

Please contact our attorneys at Karp Steiger to help you at (216)358-6446. 

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BWC Returns $16 Billion to Ohio Employers

The dividend would be the sixth of $1 billion or more since 2013 and seventh overall in that time. On top of that, the bureau lowered premium rates in recent years, including a 10% cut for public employers that took effect in January and a 13% cut for private employers that begins July 1, 2020.

In total, the bureau has saved employers approximately $10 billion in workers’ comp costs since 2011 through dividends, credits, rate reductions and greater efficiencies.  Let Karp Steiger’s lawyers assist you with all your workers compensation needs.

Click to read the full article from The Columbus Dispatch, Coronavirus: Ohio workers’ comp to return $1.6 billion to employers.

Business Interruption Insurance Claims

Business Interruption (“BI”) coverage typically covers short term financial loss arising from an interruption to business operations as a result of damage to the business premises or equipment.  The coverage may extend to lost revenues, rent and/or utilities, among other things.  A contingent business interruption provision generally provides coverage for a loss of income or profits causes by issues related to suppliers, vendors, and other major business partners.  An extended business income provision extends loss coverage beyond the date that the insurer expects the business to return to full operations.

Because of the pandemic, insurance companies are now in an impossible bind: Pay one virus-related claim and be forced to pay them all, or don’t pay any of the claims.  As a result, insurance companies are uniformly denying COVID-19-related insurance claims that perhaps should be covered by the insured’s policy.  The courts are now being asked to make determinations regarding the interpretation of the insurance policies for BI claims associated with COVID-19 losses.

There are many issues before the courts, but the biggest questions center around whether an insurance policy contains an explicit virus exclusion, whether the policy requires direct physical loss of or damage to property, what the presence or absence of these provisions mean for COVID-19 coverage, and the interpretation of these provisions as they relate to COVID-19.

A. Direct Physical Loss

The insurance companies are regularly denying coverage for COVID-19 claiming that there must be a “direct physical loss” (i.e., property damage) in order to trigger coverage and that COVID-19 not such a loss.  The counter to this argument is that the possibility of damage caused by the presence of microscopic organisms is evidence of a “direct physical loss.”

B. Virus Exclusion

Another hurdle facing business owners is that following the outbreak of SARS (another type of coronavirus) in the early 2000s, many insurance companies began adding an exclusion for loss due to viral infections into their business interruption policies.  In 2006, the Insurance Service Office (“ISO”) issued a standard insurance form titled “Exclusion for Loss Due to Virus or Bacteria.”  The exclusion bars coverage for loss or damage “caused by or resulting from any virus, bacterium or other microorganism that induces or is capable of inducing physical distress, illness or disease.”

Importantly, however, not every policy includes this virus inclusion.  Further, if an insurer has failed to incorporate this form exclusion into their policy, it is arguable that the insurer intended to cover losses due to viruses.

C. Civil Authority

Many policies contain a “civil authority” provision.  This provision can be triggered when a state, local or federal government prohibits access to a business’ property due to direct physical loss of or damage to property other than at the insured’s premises.  As it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, insureds argue that coverage under the civil authority provisions has been triggered due to the Governor’s “stay at home” order, which has prevented access to business properties.  The insurance companies are countering this argument by claiming, once again, that there is no coverage unless there is evidence of a “direct physical loss.” (Attorneys from www.c-g-law.com have been helping many with these very issues.)  

If you have you been affected by COVID-19.  Contact us today at Karp Steiger.  Personal Injury lawyers and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.  https://ksohio.com/workers-compensation-coronavirus-covid-19/https://ksohio.com/contact-us/

Winter Tip #1: Simple Tips to Avoid Slip and Fall Injuries

To help you avoid injury when walking on ice and snow, Karp Steiger offers these simple tips:

1.  Walk slowly and deliberately and wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.

2.  Be prepared for black-ice formation after melting occurs.

3.  Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles.

4.  Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.

5.  Avoid carrying items.  Keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization.  Use backpacks if possible.

If you were involved in a slip and fall and were injured, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact us today at Karp Steiger.  Personal Injury lawyers and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.  https://ksohio.com/case-types/slip-and-fall/;  https://ksohio.com/injury-types/dangerous-conditions/;  https://ksohio.com/contact-us/

Summer Tip #3: Simple Tips to Making Sure Our Car is Safe to Drive

To help avoid car accidents this summer, especially after being cooped up for so long during COVID, we are all eager to get out on road and travel, but here at Karp Steiger our attorneys want you to travel safely without any personal injuries.  See these simple tips:

1.  Make sure your car is well-maintained.  Before leaving for any road trips make sure to get your car fully inspected before setting out on the open road (including brakes, headlights and tires, and make sure your oil and fluid levels are topped off).

2.  Be sure to carry all appropriate paperwork at all times.  Make sure your drivers license is renewed and current.  Never knowing what will happen, you want to make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date and that you are able to help cover not only yourself if you are unfortunately struck by an uninsured driver, but also that you are protecting others if you happen to accidentally cause the accident.

3.  Keep all distractions at bay.  It’s easy to become distracted while driving, especially on long road trips.  Whether pets are in the back seat, kids are crying, you need to check your phone or you may just be hungry and eat on the go.  No matter what the circumstances, keep focused on the road so to avoid an accident and any possible personal injury lawsuit.

4.  Make sure to get plenty of rest.  Studies show that sleep deprived drivers can be as dangerous as an intoxicated driver.  Never do you want to put yourself, your family, or others at risk.  So if need be takes breaks and stop if you get too tired on your trips.

5.  Watch out for drunk drivers.  This summer everything is opening up and people want to celebrate.  So make sure you are careful and keep a lookout for drunk drivers.  Call the police if you suspect anyone who may be intoxicated and could put you or others at risk.

Let’s make this summer one to remember.  Have fun, but be safe.  No summer should be one where you are dealing with insurance companies, rental agencies, and doctors.  If you were involved in a car accident and were injured, let our attorneys here at Karp Steiger get you the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today at Karp Steiger.  Personal Injury lawyers and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.  https://ksohio.com/trending-topics/;  https://ksohio.com/frequently-asked-questions-faq/;  https://ksohio.com/case-types/car-accidents/; https://ksohio.com/injury-types/personal-injury/; https://ksohio.com/contact-us/

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