How Tattoo Artists Are Like Dentists

Insurance Journal

Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either.

That’s the finding of what its authors say is the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who as independent contractors often don’t [...]

Driver Deaths Rose 6% in 2016, Topping 40,000

Bloomberg, Insurance Journal

U.S. motor vehicle accident deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released by the National Safety Council.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Block NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Accord

Insurance Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement, turning away contentions by former players that the accord won’t adequately compensate them for the brain damage they may have suffered.

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Drivers Leaving Keys for Thieves a Growing Problem, Says Insurers’ Crime Bureau

Insurance Journal

Last year, one out of every eight car thefts was a freebie for the thief because the driver left the keys or the car access device inside.

It’s a growing problem according to a report from the insurance industry’s National Insurance Crime Bureau(NICB). The 57,096 thefts with keys left in the car in [...]

Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Insurance Journal

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III lawsuits are up 63 percent over 2015, according to law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

ADA Title III prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating on the basis of disability. The act applies to a variety of businesses and restaurants, including warehouses, movie theaters, schools, office buildings, [...]

Americans Put Too Much Faith in Homeowners Insurance

Insurance Journal

Too few Americans take steps to prepare for disasters and too many assume their home insurance policies will bail them out if one strikes.

As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”), reveals that many homeowners [...]

July Continued Earth’s Record-Setting Hot Streak

Insurance Journal

As more than 100,000 Americans flee destructive wildfires in California and floods in Louisiana, earth sends yet another reminder that the worst is yet to come: a new record for planet-wide heat.

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Researchers Say Bounce Houses Raise Heat Safety Concern

Insurance Journal

Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, according to a new University of Georgia study.

Expanding on the concept of microclimates like those in parked vehicles that cause serious injuries to children, the study investigated potential heat-related risks associated with bounce houses, which create a microclimate environment similar to [...]

Zeppelin Loses Fight over Legal Fees In ‘Stairway’ Copyright Case

Insurance Journal

Led Zeppelin may have won the copyright war over its creation of “Stairway to Heaven,” but it lost its battle this week to recoup nearly $800,000 in defense fees.

Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the band’s songwriters, record label and associated companies were not entitled to legal fees and other costs because [...]

Uber to Settle Suit for $100M, Drivers Stay Independent Contractors

Insurance Journal

Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ridesharing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors.

The lawsuit had claimed that Uber drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of [...]

Court Upholds NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Settlement as ‘Fair’

Insurance Journal

The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was found by a federal appeals court to be fair, if imperfect.

The decision sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent opted out of the settlement, which is to compensate for head injuries over [...]

Automatic Braking, Due by 2022 in U.S. Cars, Could Prevent 20% of All Crashes

Major automakers will announce Thursday they have agreed to install automatic emergency braking systems in nearly all U.S. vehicles by September 2022, three sources briefed on the plans said.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in September a deal in principle with 10 automakers to eventually add the technology to prevent thousands [...]