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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An ER doctor lost custody of her child due to coronavirus concerns

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"An emergency room doctor in Miami has temporarily lost custody of her 4-year-old daughter while she treats patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Theresa Greene told CNN's "New Day" that she was appealing the emergency order that granted her ex-husband full custody of their daughter. "I think it's not fair, it's cruel to ask me to choose between my child and the oath I took as a physician," Greene said. "I won't abandon my team at work or the patients who will increasingly look to me to save their lives in the coming weeks, but it's torture."" Read the full…

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Claiming workers’ compensation for catching coronavirus at work

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"First Things First If you believe you've contracted COVID-19 at work, the first step in pursuing a workers comp claim is to notify your employer of that belief. Failure to timely notify your employer could result in the claim being permanently extinguished. After notifying your employer, the workers comp carrier will be contacted, and will need to investigate the claim and make a decision to accept, deny, or provisionally accept (accepted, but still needs to be verified) the claim, within 21 days. After this is done, it's might be prudent to consult with a workers comp lawyer near you." Read…

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States with medical marijuana see decline in workers’ compensation claims

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"If workers have access to medical marijuana, they could be less likely to file a worker’s compensation claim. That’s the finding from a new research article published in Health Economics, exploring the link between medical marijuana laws and worker’s compensation claims. Researchers found about a 7 percent drop in worker’s comp claims in states that allow medical marijuana, Reuters reports, and claims made were for shorter lengths of time, on average. Worker’s compensation programs cost U.S. employers an estimated $103 billion annually, researchers note. Last year, the Pew Research Center discovered 91 percent of Americans are in favor of at…

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Custody dispute leads to murder of child’s father

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"Hanna Knapke, 18, is now facing a murder charge in the death of Shea Briar. According to court documents, Knapke loaned her car to be used in the murder and was there when it happened. Court documents show Esther Stephen, 29, and Shelby Hiestand, 18, admitted to plotting and then killing Briar. They allegedly drove him out to a bridge on County Road 125 W near County Road 850 N in Jay County. Stephen then distracted Briar while Hiestand got a rifle out of the car and shot Briar in the back." Read more on this incident here. Such a…

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Deceased stuntman awarded millions in wrongful death suit

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"After two days of deliberations, the Georgia jury in the trial of the wrongful death of The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker returned with a verdict this afternoon. AMC Networks were found “not to be negligent” in the death of the stuntman, said the juror foreperson in an unanimous decision just read out in court. However, the estate of Bernecker, as represented by his mother, was awarded $8.6 million in civil damages. There were no additional punitive damages. Any appeal looks unlikely as the nearly $9 million the jury deemed in damages will be covered by insurance, a source close…

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