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Former NFL Player Blames Management, Union for Lack of Access to Injury Benefits
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The NFL's management council and a players' union have been accused in a lawsuit of denying players crucial information on how to request disability benefits. The lawsuit was filed by a former professional football player who alleges he and others were not given information on how to obtain benefits for serious head injuries. The complaint was filed by Christopher Hudson on May 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the NFL Management Council, the NFL Players Association, and the Retirement Board of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan.
Carmen Castro-Pagan, Bloomberg 05/22/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Dave Matthews Band Violinist Accused of Sexual Harassment
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Former Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has been accused of sexually harassing a former bandmate from the group Crystal Garden in a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court in Washington and alleges that Tinsley sexually harassed the plaintiff for years. Among the lawsuit's allegations, the complaint states that the defendant was found masturbating next to the plaintiff while he was sleeping. The lawsuit, which accuses the defendant of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, seeks damages for “loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and humiliation.”
Kate Feldman, Seattle Times 05/18/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Olympian Sues U.S.A. Swimming Over Coach's Abuse
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U.S.A. Swimming is facing a lawsuit by an Olympic swimmer who alleges she was groomed and sexually abused by her coach. The lawsuit was filed by Ariana Kukors Smith in the California Superior Court in Orange County and alleges that coach Sean Hutchison sexually abused her for years. According to the lawsuit, the coach began grooming the plaintiff when she was 13 years old and was abusing her by the time she was 16. The plaintiff alleges in her complaint that U.S.A. Swimming was alerted to the relationship back in 2010 but failed to do anything to stop it.
Maya Salam, The New York Times 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Play and Park Structures Recalls Slides for Entrapment Hazard
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Play and Park Structures has issued a recall on Playground SuperMax Triple Slides due to an entrapment hazard. The official recall states that "a gap between the rails near the entrance way to the slide poses an entrapment hazard to young children." There has been one report of a gap between the rails that poses an entrapment hazard, but no injuries were reported. The slides were sold through independent distributors to parks, schools and municipalities from May 2014 through February 2018.
Staff Report, Consumer Product Safety Commission 05/16/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Filed Against Care Center Over Elderly Woman's Hyperthermia Death
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Lakeside Health Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, is facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a resident who died after she was left outside in the heat. The lawsuit alleges that the 98-year-old woman was left outside in the heat for five hours, causing her to suffer hyperthermia. As stated in the lawsuit, the woman suffered from dementia, was wheelchair-bound and couldn’t talk. She died in the hospital 17 days after the incident, the lawsuit states.
Thomas Forrester, South Florida Sun-Sentinel 05/22/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida Man Died of Heart Attack, Sister Says Medics to Blame
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Polk County, Florida, and the city of Winter Haven have been named in a lawsuit over a man's fatal heart attack. The lawsuit was filed by the sister of the 58-year-old man who died after suffering a heart attack in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that the man did not receive proper care from medics when they responded to the incident. As stated in the complaint, the medics "failed to follow protocol and/or the appropriate standard of care by, for example, failing to intubate Decedent after arriving on the scene, failing to perform CPR, and failing to inject the Decedent to take other appropriate measures to save the Decedent’s life.”
John Chamblis, The Ledger 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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