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Category Archives: Did You Know

National Fire Protection Association and NFPA 921

For the first time in 1992, nearly 100 years after its inception, the NFPA published its “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” under NFPA 921. This publication established guidelines and recommendations for the safe and systematic investigation or analysis of fire and explosion incidents. As such, NFPA 921 provides standards and procedures for fire investigation methodology, which the NFPA encourages familiarity and understanding by professional fire investigators.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls

If you are a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. We are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the following Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls…

The Economic Loss Rule

The Economic Loss Rule is a doctrine that prohibits recovery for an economic loss resulting from a wrongful act or an infringement of a right, when unaccompanied by physical property damage or personal injury. Instead, only parties to the contract or contractual beneficiaries may recover economic losses. An economic loss is a financial loss. The… Read More »

Illinois Tort Immunity

Suits against “local public entities,” including counties, townships, municipalities, municipal corporations, school districts, park districts, fire protection districts, and sanitary districts, fall under the purview of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/1- 101.

Product Recalls and Defects

If you are a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. We are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. Many firms litigate but few actually litigate a product liability matter to completion. This is why we are trying to work with you to bundle these files to increase the settlement value and decrease your operational costs associated with adjusting each claim.

When does the PUCO have jurisdiction over a claim

In Ohio, as in most states, public utilities have significant influence and power. One way in which the utility exercises that power is to try to move a case in litigation to a more utility-friendly venue, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Ohio Revised Code 4905.26 vests the PUCO with jurisdiction to hear and decide claims related to the provision of service by utilities.

Subrogation Recovery on a Workers’ Compensation Lien

Did you know that it is still possible to pursue subrogation recovery on a workers’ compensation lien for a lien that accrued outside of Ohio? You may pursue reimbursement of the workers’ comp lien up to two years from the date the lien was paid.

Tort Times: It’s All About Relationships

As you know from my last article, I haven’t been a practicing attorney for long. I will admit in the very beginning it was confusing to me when I received a file that referred to the adverse party as a “claimant.” But you only need to read a claim file from the same client about three to four times before that confusion disappears and you can clearly understand who and what that client is referring to.

What is a Political Subdivision

Some interesting highlights from the statute include county hospitals along with their commissioners and trustees, port authorities, fire and ambulance districts, waste management districts, and correctional facilities. Further, identical language is contained in ORC 3345.50(B)(2) which applies to state universities and colleges.

Product Recalls and Defects

If you are a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. We are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. We are working with our clients to bundle these cases to increase the settlement value and decrease your… Read More »