Family of police officer who died from COVID denied workers’ comp

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"Officer Kendle Blackburn died Dec. 28 after a long battle with the virus. A release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office at the time said Blackburn contracted the virus while on duty in November. Lebanon officials were told last week that the city’s workers’ compensation insurance provider, Missouri Employers Mutual, determined Blackburn’s COVID-19 exposure and death “is not compensable under workers’ compensation,” The Springfield News-Leader reported. Police Chief Byran Arnold said the decision seems to violate an emergency rule Parson signed in April last year that allows first responders to receive workers’ compensation if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or if…

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Woman charged for severe injuries caused to 3-year-old by her dog

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"On Jan. 9, the dog bit 3-year-old Ronin at the Loose Caboose restaurant in Old Town Spring. As the little girl entered the restaurant, the dog, who was seen wearing a service vest, bit her face, family members said. In a surveillance video of the attack obtained by ABC13, Romano and the dog are seen walking down the sidewalk with the girl's father, James Waldroup, walking not far behind her. The video does not include audio, but body language indicates an exchange between the two. Romano then got in a car with a man and left. According to court documents,…

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Motorcyclist suffers catastrophic injuries from DUI crash

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"A 21-year-old Zionsville woman was arrested Saturday on several charges, including causing catastrophic injury when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Authorities say the crash involved Mary M. Villanueva’s vehicle and a motorcycle, and the motorcyclist suffered serious bodily injuries. Based on evidence at the scene, police say it was determined that at about 8:10 p.m. on April 7, a 2005 Harley Davidson FXD Motorcycle was traveling southbound in the 200 block of South Ford Road in Zionsville, and a 2017 Nissan Rogue was traveling northbound in the 200 block of South Ford Road. The driver of the Nissan made…

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NTSB finds systemic failure at fault for horrific motorcycle accident

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"The system failed 7 bikers, veteran Marines, killed on a New Hampshire Highway. That’s the finding of the final report by the NTSB into the deaths of those known as the “New Hampshire 7.” Among the findings, a board says deficiencies in out-of-state driver’s license notification processing and insufficient federal oversight of motor carriers contributed to the horror on the highway. The board also found however that shortcomings in motorcycle rider safety contributed too. The board approved a draft of the report a few weeks ago. Here’s the original story about that: Systems meant to keep motorists safe failed to…

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Construction worker loses arm after on-site accident

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"A man was transported to an area hospital in critical condition following a construction site accident early Monday afternoon in Lenexa. Emergency crews were called to the construction site to the southwest of Prairie Star Parkway and Renner Boulevard at 12:19 p.m. Master Police Officer Danny Chavez says a Lenexa officer was first to arrive on the scene. “A large section of concrete pipe fell, severing the arm of one of the workers,” Chavez said in an emailed response to questions. “Our officer applied a department-issued tourniquet to the worker while waiting for medical personnel to arrive.” In a news…

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Operator of self-driving uber car charged with negligent homicide

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"The operator of a self-driving Uber Technologies Inc. vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe in 2018 has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with the incident. Rafaela Vasquez, 46, was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury on Aug. 27, the county attorney’s office announced Sept. 15. Vasquez pleaded not guilty to the charge during a Sept. 15 arraignment before Commissioner Richard Hinz in the Maricopa County Superior Court. She was released from jail with ankle monitoring. Elaine Herzberg was jaywalking on Mill Avenue just south of Curry Road by the Marquee Theater at 10 p.m.…

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Alcohol-fueled boating accident results in two deaths

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"Dylan Steele, 26, has been charged in the crash, which happened Saturday around 9:45 p.m. Deputies say three boats were out together on the river. As they headed back to Heller’s Creek Landing, one of the boats collided with one other boat, killing two people on board. The two victims were identified as Jamie Lindler, 27, of Chapin and Andrew Bunnell, 28, of Irmo, according to the coroner’s office. Autopsies are pending. Those on the third boat were not involved in the crash, but witnessed it, deputies said. Steele faces charges of two counts of felony BUI causing death or…

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What is required to receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

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"According to the Social Security website, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have worked a certain length of time in jobs covered by Social Security. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years, ending with the year you became disabled. You must also have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability. While there are some conditions the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers so severe they automatically render an applicant disabled, many conditions require careful screening, including answering these questions: Is your condition "severe"? If Social Security determines…

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Family dog bites six-week old baby multiple times resulting in death

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"A six-week old South Dakota boy was mauled to death by his family's dog, sheriff's officials said. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the Belgian Malinois attacked the baby Thursday afternoon at a home in Hartford, about 15 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota said in a statement that first responders found the boy with several bite wounds. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital where he died of his injuries, the sheriff’s office said. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society took custody of the dog. “It's a very sad situation,”…

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Several questions to ask your attorney regarding your personal injury claim

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"1. Are you in a position to handle my case? Experienced attorneys know their limits. They can dedicate too much of their skills, energy, and time to their research. Right attorneys trust in the individuals and causes they represent and will not sign clients when they know that the case does not get the attention it needs. 2. What fields of law does the lawyer specialize in? You should certainly not go to a brain surgeon to deliver your baby even though they are both doctors. In the same way, you would not go to an attorney who doesn’t rely…

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