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New Jersey Fund to Compensate Victims of Catholic Priest Sex Abuse

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Victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in New Jersey will soon be able to apply for compensation from a fund representing all five of the state’s dioceses, one of the fund’s administrators announced. Camille Biros, who also is … Source: Claims Journal

New York Limo Crash Investigators Still Working to Identify Cause

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The National Transportation Safety Board’s probe of a fatal limousine crash in upstate New York has not yet identified a cause, according to a preliminary report released earlier this week, after weeks of wrangling between federal inspectors and a local … Source: Claims Journal

FEMA Chief Long to Leave Agency Next Month

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Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is leaving the agency he led through a record period of natural disasters — including a widely panned response to a storm that devastated Puerto Rico. “While this has been the opportunity of … Source: Claims Journal

Ford Recalls 1.48 Million F-150 Pickups for Transmissions

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Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it was recalling about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a potential transmission downshift issue that could increase the risk of a crash. Ford said select 2011-2013 model year trucks … Source: Claims Journal

Study Questions Safety Claims About Tesla Autopilot’s Steering Feature

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An analysis of government data disputes a finding by safety regulators and promoted by Tesla Inc. that crash rates of its older vehicles declined after they were equipped with an automatic steering capability. The study, released Friday by Quality Control … Source: Claims Journal

40 Nations, Excluding U.S. and China, Agree to Require Automatic Braking

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Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union – but not the U.S. or China – have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as next year, … Source: Claims Journal

How to Grow the Insurance Claims Industry Talent of Tomorrow

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It should not be a surprise that drones fly over disaster areas for property inspection, and some insurers use chatbots to answer policyholders’ claims questions. Claims applications and supporting documents are shared within seconds, and real-time monitoring sensors alert people … Source: Claims Journal

Facial Surgeons Tend to Fare Well in Malpractice Lawsuits

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Southern courts favor physicians in malpractice lawsuits over facial trauma treatment, while courts in the Midwest favor patients, according to a Rutgers study. The study, which was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the first to … Source: Claims Journal

Ohio Doctor, Hospital Facing 15th Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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A 15th wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a now-fired intensive care doctor who’s under investigation for ordering possibly fatal pain medication doses for dozens of patients. Many of the lawsuits allege patients in the … Source: Claims Journal

New Orleans Adopts New Safety Rules for Charter School Buses

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The New Orleans City Council has agreed to new rules for bus companies that serve the city’s charter schools. The council on Feb. 8 approved rules proposed by Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration that are aimed at correcting problems officials recently … Source: Claims Journal