20 Apr Watching the first quarter of 2021: The latest personal injury updates
Personal injury updates haven’t decreased just because the pandemic is settling. As we inch away from social shunning toward more “normal” day-to-day conditions, the legal industry sees new controversies, claims, and changes across the globe.
This article will consider the following personal injury news that have been happening in 2021 on 3 different levels:
- California updates
- legal updates on a national scale and
- International news, namely Ireland
Personal injury updates for California residences
Parents Sue LA Teachers Union and LAUSD for Personal Injury to Kids for Continuing School Closures
It’s been a year since California Gov. Gavin Newsom first declared a state of emergency in March 2020 and authorized school closures across the state. But, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and its president, Cecily Myart-Cruz, have been holding the children of Los Angeles hostage as the price of advancing a political agenda.
Four families represented pro bono by the Freedom Foundation, a national non-profit advocacy organization that fights against the abuse of power by public employee unions, filed a first-of-its-kind personal injury lawsuit in California Superior Court against LAUSD, UTLA and UTLA’s fact-challenged president.
Under the well-established doctrine of in loco parentis, which is Latin for “in the place of a parent,” LAUSD has a legal responsibility to make decisions and act in the best interests of their students. The parents say that by failing to return the students to class because of UTLA’s obstruction, LAUSD violated this responsibility. Full article here.
California officials speak out against controversial crime bill
California State Assembly Bill SB 82 would reduce robberies that do not involve a weapon or assault with great bodily injury from felony crimes to misdemeanors.
A California legislative proposal that reduces the penalty for committing armed robberies is drawing condemnation from a broad coalition who oppose the idea — They say it’s dangerous. However, the lawmaker behind the Senate Bill says it will prevent overcharging non-violent criminals. Read full article here.
Curd, Galindo & Smith Announces that a Wrongful Death Case Against Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Settles
Alex Galindo on behalf of the family members of decedent, Tony Evans, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and its employees. The case was filed with the USDC Central District of California Case No.:2:19-cv-00793 and is known as Evans v County of Los Angeles.
Court records allege that on January 17, 2018, Tony Joseph Evans, Sr. (“Evans”) and Franklin Reveter (Reveter) were in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD) at the Inmate Reception Center which is the control center where incoming male arrestees are processed and assigned out to a housing location maintained by LASD. That evening, the court records allege, that Evans and Reveter had a verbal altercation while sitting in the Clinic Waiting Area (the “Clinic”) of the IRC.
Court records allege that Reveter and Evans became involved in a physical altercation which was captured on video security cameras.
Court records allege that Evans was thereafter transported to a local hospital, where he remained for two months while he underwent numerous surgeries and procedures to address his injuries. Evans was then transferred to a skilled nursing facility where he eventually died on August 15, 2018.
Court records show that after the court denied the County’s motion for summary judgment a settlement was reached whereby the County of Los Angeles agreed to pay the family $1,500,000 to settle the case before proceeding to trial. Read full article here.
Personal injury updates across America
Texas, U.S. — Personal injury lawyers working to stop bills that could increase your insurance rates. House Bill 19 and Senate Bill 207 could allow major trucking companies to no longer be held liable in court after crashes if passed. Prominent personal injury attorney, Thomas J. Henry, is leading the charge to educate Texans and gather support to stop these two bills, as the cost of these crashes would be pushed to insurance companies which could make your premiums go up. Read full article here.
New Jersey, U.S. — Legal-Bay Announces Personal Injury Loans on the Rise. Top pre-settlement funding company expands personal injury department to handle increasing quantity of new claims. There has been a flood of new personal injury cases during the first quarter of 2021. Plaintiffs are filing at a rate previously not seen since pre-pandemic; with the noticeable increase in the number of claims filed this year, there could be a potential backlog in the courts until cases get settled. Instead of leaving plaintiffs to wait for the money they have coming to them, the company is expanding their personal injury settlement loan department in order to accommodate litigants who would rather opt for presettlement funding. Read full article here.
South Carolina, U.S. — Joye Law Firm asks South Carolinians to nominate nurses deserving of $600. Lowcountry personal injury attorney from Joye Law Firm shows appreciation to nurses across South Carolina who have gone above and beyond over past year, making sacrifices to take care of the people who need it most. Joye Law Firm is asking residents to nominate nurses who are deserving of $600 as a way to give back. Read full article here. Those interested in nominating a nurse can do so between April 1 and May 5 by clicking here.
Personal injury updates for those in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland — Proposed NI personal injury compensation changes ‘catastrophic’ for GPs, warns BMA. The Northern Ireland Government has announced plans to reduce the personal injury discount rate – a change the BMA has warned will ‘significantly increase’ GP indemnity costs.
The personal injury discount rate has remained at 2.5% in Northern Ireland since 2001, but the Department of Justice has said it will introduce a bill to change it to a new rate of -1.75% from 31 May.
Dr Alan Stout BMA NI GP committee chair, said in a statement that, if passed, the new law could have a ‘catastrophic effect’ on general practice in Northern Ireland, adding ‘this will significantly increase [personal indemnity] costs and the individual personal and financial risk that each GP carries’.
Unlike in other parts of the UK, GPs in Northern Ireland are not covered by a state-backed scheme and pay thousands of pounds a year to be covered for clinical negligence. Read full article here.