Monthly Archives: May 2016

Maker of $1.5 Million DaVinci Robot Hid More Than 700 Injury Claims, Insurer claims

DaVinciRobot It’s health insurers’ cardinal rule: disclose pre-existing conditions. Now comes a case in which that familiar decree involves not a patient, but rather a $1.5 million surgical robot known as the da Vinci system. Two insurance companies say da Vinci’s maker, Intuitive Surgical Inc., failed to reveal more than 700 injury claims when it applied for liability coverage. Intuitive says that’s nonsense. If a federal judge concludes the insurers are right and rescinds policies providing $25 million in coverage, one of the fastest-growing medical device manufacturers would be left with only self-insurance for a one-year period. Intuitive, meanwhile, accuses Illinois Union Insurance Co. and Navigators Specialty Insurance Co. of acting deceitfully and breaking their contracts. Intuitive’s profits have been on the rise since surviving scrutiny by regulators...
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Calvin Harris hospitalised after car accident

The 32-year-old - real name Adam Wiles - was forced to pull out of a gig in Las Vegas at the last minute after he was hospitalised following the accident. But his representative has since assured fans the Scottish star is OK, writing: "Adam's transport was involved in a collision this evening on the way to the airport. As a result he will be unable to perform at Omnia tonight. He has been examined by doctors and told to rest for a few days." Calvin - who is dating singer Taylor Swift - returned home to his Beverly Hills compound following the drama. Sources tell TMZ a Volkswagen Beetle convertible, allegedly driven by a 16-year-old female, veered into oncoming traffic and hit the sports utility vehicle, in...
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Transforming the insurance claims process with telematics

Since the first cars were sold, there have been crashes. And while the insurance claims industry has made enormous advances over the years, the fundamental process of handling a claim has been largely the same for decades ― at least during my time in this industry, which spans nearly 30 years, and includes research and work in claims and the application of “black box” information in the evaluation of liability and injury causation. A crash occurs. At some point later, the insured or claimant calls an insurer’s first notice of loss department. Collected facts about the accident are used to make initial assignments for vehicle inspection and claim handling. For both auto physical damage (APD) and casualty claims, a variety of steps follow to set appropriate...
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E-cigarette charger explodes causing fire

A teenager woke to find his bedroom in flames after an e-cigarette charger exploded. Nathan Holt, 15, managed to alert his parents, Steven and Melanie, and 17-year-old brother Joshua just in time to escape the fire without injury in the early hours of Friday morning. Firefighters say the boy is lucky to be alive after discovering the blaze was started by an e-cigarette device, which Nathan had been charging under his bed. Dad Steven, 54, now fears the family will have to move out of their home if the insurance company is unable to cover with the damage. Source: Teenager woke to find bedroom on fire after e-cigarette charger exploded - Irish Mirror Online...
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Personal injury lawyers target Snapchat as reason for potential car crash

Personal injury lawyers have been asking people if they've been in a car accident that may have involved Snapchat.

Attorneys have set up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, sent out press releases about Snapchat's potential involvement in certain accidents, and written blog posts about the dangers of the app.
At issue are the app's "speed filter" feature that tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they demand more concentration, one lawyer argues. "If they are behind the wheel of a car and they want to view a Snapchat picture, 100% of their attention has been removed from the road," California litigation attorney David Azizi writes on his blog. Some lawyers make a...
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Khloé Kardashian’s reconstructive surgery

Khloé Kardashian needed reconstructive surgery on her knees in her teens after a car accident.

The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has recalled how the terrible accident that she was in when she was a young girl has affected her physically. Writing on her official website, she shared: "Whenever I post a picture of my legs on Instagram, everyone comments on how f***ed up my knees look. It's because I've had reconstructive surgery, you a**holes! My right leg is an inch and a half thinner than my left because my muscles deteriorated and never recovered. The reason I've had so many of these surgeries - and always wear a knee brace for my workouts - is because I was in a...
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Maze Runner filming has been shut down indefinitely following Dylan O’Brien’s accident

Last month the 24-year-old star of the movie was dragged under a vehicle while shooting scenes for the next instalment of the franchise. It has now been revealed he needs “more time” to get back to full health, with his publicist Jennifer Allen saying in a statement: “His injuries are very serious, and he needs more time to recover.” Dylan's accident took place in Vancouver, Canada, on March 17 and his director Wes Ball initially reassured fans that the actor and his good friend would be “fine” to return to work after a few weeks of rest. Source: Maze Runner filming halted indefinitely as Dylan O'Brien continues to recover from accident on set - Irish Mirror Online...
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 Superstar Prince died with no known Will

Lawyers responsible for untangling the multi-million dollar estate of music superstar Prince, who died with no known will, are in court on Monday for the start of what could be a years-long dispute over his fortune.

Six siblings or half-siblings of Prince, found dead at age 57 at his home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21st, were listed as heirs in court documents filed in Carver County District Court in Chaska, Minnesota, where the hearing gets under way before Judge Kevin Eide.

The exact value of Prince’s estate has not yet been disclosed, but his music catalog alone has been estimated at over $500 million.

Source: Minnesota court to begin process of unravelling Prince’s fortune...
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