Archive for May, 2011
This Memorial Day, Doyle Raizner wishes to thank all our veterans for their courage and sacrifice. Your service has enabled us to enjoy our freedom and safety.
Doyle Raizner is especially humbled to represent so many great National Guardsmen and members of the British Royal Air Force, who served in the Iraq War.
On May 25, 2011, United States Representatives from Oregon spearheaded an amendment to the House Defense Authorization bill in an effort to creat greater transparency in government contracting. The effort is the latest attempt to rectify problems highlighted by a number of lawsuits, including those filed by National Guard soldiers against Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR). KBR contracted with the National Guard to provide protection at their Qarmat Ali water treatment plant during the Iraq War. The no-bid contract between KBR/Halliburton and the US Goverment at issue in the case still remains classified.
The House is expected to vote on the bill by Friday, May 27, 2011.
Doyle Raizner currently represents National Guard soldiers and members of the British Royal Air Force in their lawsuit against KBR for exposure to sodium dichromate (hexavalent chromium) at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.
More information is available here.
Andrew Slania will take part in a seminar focused on Hurricane Preparedness on May 25, 2011. The seminar will be hosted by the Rockport Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Slania will focus on legal issues arising from property claims, building on his experience handling hurricane disputes, such as those arising from Hurricane Ike.
The Texas Department of Insurance on May 18, 2011, released final disciplinary decisions for violations of Division of Workers’ Compensation rules. Among these fines were the following insurer violations:
- East Texas Educational Insurance Association of Tyler [$7,000]: Failed to comply with an order or decision of the Commissione.
These are fines paid to the state for violations of DWC rules and the Texas Insurance Code. Doyle Raizner is committed to helping individuals who have been harmed by such violations when they amount to bad faith activity by an insurance carrier. Click here for more information about the wrongful handling of workers compensation cases.
The complete list of fines is available here.
On May 17, 2011, Doyle Raizner filed a martime lawsuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman injured in the course of his job in February 2011. The seaman’s injury was the result of the dangerous and unseaworthy condition of the vessel that he was serving on. To make matters worse, his employer did not comply with the Jones Act provisions requiring it to pay for maintainance and cure until the seaman had recovered from his on-the-job injury.
On May 16, 2011, Doyle Raizner filed a workers’ compensation bad faith lawsuit against American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG), third-party claims administrator Sedgwick, and their adjuster, on behalf of an employee who was injured on the job in February 2010. Without reason, ACIG and Sedgwick denied the employee financial and medical benefits after his on-the-job injury, and only initiated benefits after being order to do so by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
In addition, the employee’s lawsuit includes a wrongful dischage claim against his former employer, who fired the employee immediately upon reporting his injury to his supervisor.
Doyle Raizner is proud to assist this injured employee in holding accountable ACIG, Sedgwick and its adjuster, and his former employer for their actions.
On April 29, 2011, Doyle Raizner filed a bad faith property insurance lawsuit against State Farm Lloyds and its adjusters, for the wrongful handling of a residential fire claim in May 2009. After the fire, State Farm and its adjusters delayed and denied payment for damages to the home and its contents, as well as other expenses, including living expenses owed under the policy.
Doyle Raizner is committed to holding State Farm and its adjuster liable for what they owe under the policy sold to our client.