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Determining Accrual Date for Minnesota UM/UIM Claims: Recent Case Decision

There are two principal viewpoints on when a UM/UIM claim accrues for purposes of triggering a limitations period. The majority view holds that the accrual date is triggered upon the insurance company’s breach of the insurance contract as opposed to …

Wisconsin Flood Damage Costs Estimated at $30M

Gov. Scott Walker is requesting a federal assessment of damage from last week’s heavy rains to determine whether the state will request federal disaster assistance. The storm and flooding caused an estimated $30 million in damage in northwestern Wisconsin. State …

Chicago OIG Recommends Risk Management Program to Address Claims Payouts

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an advisory identifying the absence of a comprehensive risk management program in Chicago and highlighting the substantial operational and fiscal benefits of implementing such a program. Based on the limited …

Ohio High Court Rejects Inferred-Intent Doctrine in Fair Housing Discrimination Case

For purposes of an intentional injury exclusion, the intent to cause injury may be established by proof of actual intent to injure or when the character of the act is such that an intention to inflict the injury can be …

‘Zipper Merge’ Pushed by Several States to Reduce Construction Crash Risk

Drivers who get angry when other motorists wait until the last possible moment to merge in construction zones need to reconsider their long-held notions of highway courtesy, transportation officials in a growing number of states are concluding. Transportation departments in …

Many Indiana Buggy Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Two recent crashes on the same road in Elkhart County, Ind., highlight the dangers of distracted driving accidents involving motor vehicles and horse-drawn buggies. On May 29, a 17-year-old girl who rear-ended a buggy carrying an Amish couple and their …

Promising Proactive Care, Nursing Homes Phase Out Personal Alarms

Alarms no longer go off when a resident shifts in bed or rises from a wheelchair at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison. Nurses no longer place fall mats next to beds or lower beds to the floor when residents …

Cleveland Will Spend $9.5M on Insuring City During GOP Convention

A city of Cleveland panel on Wednesday authorized spending nearly $10 million to purchase $50 million in insurance to protect the city against claims during the Republican National Convention after a consultant concluded the city faces a higher risk than …

Indiana National Park Dune Holes Caused by Rotting Trees

Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees that left cavities behind as they decayed over the years, …

Joplin Tornado Spurs Research Effort Among Engineers, Scientists

Tornado research has surged since a massive twister destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., and killed 161 people. Engineers, meteorologists and social scientists have published almost 800 peer-reviewed studies about tornadoes over the past five years, The Joplin Globe reports. David …

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