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Compensation for serious injuries caused by falling objects

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Chances are that you or someone you know has been hurt in a fall or by a falling object. If you have been harmed in a fall or from something falling on you in a place of business, you may need to pursue a premises liability claim in order to receive compensation for your medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Something as simple as a can of food in a grocery store or a trip in an unlit hallway in an apartment building can lead to serious injuries. A single falling object striking a person may results in cuts, bruises or fractures. A larger object can crush a person, cause lasting brain damage or death. 

Millions of cars could be affected by faulty fuel part, gas leaks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating how many cars may be affected by a German company's faulty fuel tank flanges. The flanges have been shown to crack, letting fuel leak and risking fire. Audi and Porsche have already recalled some half a million vehicles due to the defect. Unfortunately, the parts supplier Continental Automotive GmbH supplied the flanges to General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar-Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, McLaren and possibly Volvo, as well as other auto part suppliers.

Continental has filed papers, which were posted on Friday by NHTSA, indicating that the flanges might be defective. According to the company, the flanges are made of industry standard polymer and no fires have actually been reported. The company has not yet determined what causes the flanges to crack, but it seems likely environmental factors cause degradation.

Do you take Prilosec or Nexium? Know the dangers they hold.

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Popular stomach acid reducers such as Prilosec and Nexium have brought relief to millions suffering from gastroesophageal reflux, heartburn and peptic ulcers. But a new study suggests that these medicines may be shortening lives.

About 15 million Americans are prescribed these popular proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, by their doctors. This number does not include retail sales for over the counter medications. As these drugs become more popular, it is important to know the dangers they present.

Long-term disability insurer writing you off as a bad bargain?

If you're an attorney, a CPA, a medical professional, a professional athlete or a business owner, you may find it surprisingly difficult to get your long-term disability insurance claim paid. It's not because your occupation is especially dangerous, and it's probably not because you've made a mistake filing your claim.

The truth is, many insurance companies deny long-term disability (LTD) claims in bad faith. What does that mean? Often enough, it means they simply refuse to adhere to the terms of the policy, ignore or delay your claim, or fail to reasonably consider the merits of your claim.

Your long-term disability insurer may deny you in bad faith

When you work in an office or clinic, you may have assumed you would never need LTD insurance because your work isn't usually dangerous. Unfortunately, doctors, attorneys, executives, accountants, architects, writers, orthodontists and other professionals are vulnerable to long-term disability.

Consider what it would mean for your career if you lost your vision or hearing. What if you suffered a traumatic brain injury while biking? Your injury does not have to be work-related for a long-term disability policy to apply.

Drug and alcohol problems often lead to disability claims

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It's easy to see how an illness or an injury can lead to drug or alcohol abuse. It is also not uncommon for alcohol or substance abuse to give rise to a legitimate disability claim. If you're hurting, depressed, anxious, or recovering from an injury, it's not unusual to turn to self-medicating through alcohol and other substances. Many conditions, such as pain syndromes, worsen when opioids or alcohol become part of the picture. When this happens, it can lead to an inability to work in your occupation or in any occupation, and you may be entitled to disability benefits.

The link between disabilities and substance abuse

Do you fear your long-term disability insurer is stalking you?

Have you received a Facebook or LinkedIn friend request from a stranger? Have former co-workers called to let you know they were interviewed about you by an insurance company? Perhaps you've noticed an unusual number of photographers in your neighborhood recently.

Do you suspect your long-term disability insurance company has you under surveillance? If you do, unfortunately, you're probably right. It happens all the time. It's part of the hardball game some insurance companies play.

Greater federal regulation of beauty products proposed

Many dangers can lurk in your home. These dangers include consumer goods you bring into your home and use every day, such as beauty products.

There are a variety of ways a beauty product can expose a person to danger. For one, defects could cause these products to malfunction in a way that could cause injury. Also, such products can be dangerous if they are contaminated or contain certain chemicals.

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