Overview of The Jones Act and Seamen’s Injuries

The Jones Act is a federal law that gives seamen who were injured in the course of their employment the right to sue their employer for personal injury damages. Unlike almost all land-based workers, seamen are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under either state or federal law. Because injured seamen cannot file workers’ compensation …

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Damages: How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?

If you’re considering filing a personal injury lawsuit over a car accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of injury, you may be wondering “What is my case really worth?” The answer comes down to “damages”—figuring out what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, and mentally (and, in some cases, whether the defendant’s conduct should …

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Workplace Injury: When You Can Sue Outside of Workers’ Compensation

If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you’ve probably been told that the only compensation you can receive will come from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Although this is the general rule, there are many exceptions — situations in which you may be able to sue for damages caused by your injuries. For example: If you …

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Workers’ Compensation: Is Your Injury or Illness Work Related?

If you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll have to show that your injury or illness is work related—or, in workers’ comp legalese, “arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment” (AOE/COE). Usually, if you were doing something for the benefit of your employer, and you were injured or became ill as …

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How a Good Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help Your Case

If you’re an employee who has suffered a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, employers or their insurance companies routinely deny workers’ comp claims, even when they’re legitimate—which leaves injured employees to face a complex system of appeals. At that point, many applicants simply give up, while others try their best …

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Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

Step 1: Choose your health plan marketplace Most people with health insurance get it through an employer. If you’re one of those people, you won’t need to use the government insurance exchanges or marketplaces. Essentially, your company is your marketplace. If your employer offers health insurance and you wish to search for an alternative plan in the …

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Are medical errors a huge problem?

During To Err is Human, a new documentary about medical errors currently on tour throughout the United States, former Medicare chief Don Berwick claims that ending medical error is simply “a question of will.” This assured premise is echoed throughout the film by turns urgent and optimistic. Another expert makes the astonishing claim that “we can drive [medical …

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The Best Timeline for Applying to Medical School

When premed students contact us about guiding them through the medical school application process, many of their questions are related to timing. “When should I…” is a frequent question-starter. While there is no one answer that applies to everyone, here are guidelines we use when advising our medical school applicant clients. The common thread throughout these …

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