Archive for July, 2012
Heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of the Midwest and Northwest on Thursday, July 26, 2012. These storms spawned tornadoes, such as one that touched down in Elmira, New York, damaging a local mall. Hail ranging in size fell in areas of Pennsylvania, while towns across eastern Ohio reported downed trees.
Tornadoes and Hail storms often hit without warning, and are a leading cause of property damage.
Doyle Raizner represents home and business owners with property damage and business interruption claims caused by natural disasters. The firm currently represents clients with claims arising from the Joplin tornado, the October 2010 Phoenix hailstorm, and Hurricane Ike.
On July 20, 2012, Doyle Raizner filed a lawsuit against Spectraseis on behalf of a employee who suffered very serious injuries while working for for the company. The employee was working for Spectraseis, who failed to supply him with proper equipment, causing him permanent and serious injuries, including the loss of several fingers.
Doyle Raizner has filed a workers’ compensation insurance bad faith lawsuit against Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its adjuster on behalf of an employee who was injured while working in Arizona in 2011. Liberty Mutual and its adjuster failed to properly and timely pay the injured employee the financial benefits that she was due, even after signing agreements and promising to deliver the uncontested benefits. As a result, the injured employee was forced to have the Arizona Industrial Commission review her case and issue a citation against Liberty Mutual for its bad faith actions.
Doyle Raizner stands with this injured Arizona worker in seeking justice against Liberty Mutual for its bad faith actions.
Doyle Raizner has filed suit against Tundra Strategies on behalf of several United States servicemen, including the family members of a servicemen who was killed, while serving in Afghanistan. The servicemen were shot by an Afghan national, Shir Ahmed, who was not properly screened by Tundra, which was hired by the U.S. government in November 2009 to screen and monitor military security.
Ahmed had a documented history of threatening attack on U.S. soldiers, and two months after being hired in May 2010 Ahmed had been fired from Tundra for making threats . However, Tundra did not record his history of threats or report Ahmed’s actions to the U.S. military. As a result, Ahmed was listed as eligible for rehire, and within days of being rehired in 2011, opened fire on U.S. servicemen with a Tundra-issued AK-47.
Doyle Raizner is very proud to represent these U.S. servicemen and their families, as they continue to struggle with their injuries and losses, which were entirely preventable if Tundra had followed the proper procedures and laws.
New information shows that Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, failed to consider mechanical heart valve patients during clinical trials of the prescription anticoagulant medication.
The newly-revealed information confirms yet another problem in the studies, used to gain approval of Pradaxa for widespread use. Around 300,000 heart patients undergo valve surgery worldwide, and these same patients must frequently take anticoagulant medication.
The fact that Boehringer Ingelheim failed to consider this population when seeking approval for Pradaxa from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies, as well as introducing the drug to markets, is yet another red flag for a medication and manufacturer that are under intense scrutiny for the circumstances surrounding Pradaxa’s approval.
Doyle Raizner is currently investigating claims arising from injuries caused by Pradaxa.
On June 25, 2012, Doyle Raizner filed a maritime lawsuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured in the course of his job earlier this year. The seaman’s injury was the result of his employer’s failure to maintain safe working
conditions on the jack-up rig that the seaman worked on in the Gulf of Mexico.
Doyle Raizner is proud to represent this Jones Act seaman, who suffered serious leg injuries in an accident that was entirely preventable, had his employer kept a safe work environment.
The Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision on rehearing in Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Ruttiger resulted in a 5-4 decision overturning the long-standing duties owed to injured employees by their insurers, as set forth in Aranda v. Insurance Company of North America (1989).
The Ruttiger decision, which eliminates many areas of liability for insurers acting in bad faith toward injured employees, unfortunately represents another decision by the Texas Supreme Court that departs from established legal precedent and even the will of the Texas Legislature, which recognized bad faith liabilty in the Texas Labor Code and other legislation.
Although the Texas Supreme Court’s majority claims that the Texas workers’ compensation system was revised to regulate all aspects of claims by injured employees, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, in dissent, pointed out that it was not the role of the court to create new law, but instead must follow the will of the Legislature.
Doyle Raizner represented Timothy Ruttiger in the trial and appeal of his bad faith claim, and strongly believes that injured employees who are the victims of bad faith insurance activity should have the ability to seek recourse against their insurers. This is especially true where the system that is supposed to monitor and regulate insurers so frequently fails to adequately do so.