May 2019 Subrogation Newsletter
Insurance claim files are overflowing with losses involving individuals injured when they trip and fall over cracked, broken, or uneven municipal sidewalks. Most often, the injury is a direct result of a municipality failing to institute and/or follow its own policies regarding inspection, maintenance, and repair of miles of sidewalks. Whether a municipality can be held liable for sidewalk defects depends heavily on the state you are in and, in many cases, the specific city or municipality you are dealing with.
On April 19, 2019, Arizona joined 47 other states who have passed laws governing the use of handheld phones and/or texting while driving. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from any kind of cell phone use while driving, including talking, texting, typing, or browsing internet or social-media sites, unless they are using a hands-free mode.
Citing MWL Chart, New Jersey Judge Prohibits Lawyer From Asking Client At Trial If Vehicle Is Totaled
A New Jersey Superior Court judge recently issued a written ruling, holding that it was inappropriate for a lawyer to question his client during trial as to whether his vehicle was “totaled” as a result of an accident with the defendant’s vehicle. The judge relied entirely on a MWL’s Automobile Total Loss Thresholds In All 50 States chart and a Claims Journal article entitled “When is a Vehicle Considered a Total Loss.” It was the first ruling of this sort made in a New Jersey state court.
Join MWL For A Complimentary Webinar on "Iowa Workers' Compensation Subrogation: Simple Steps to Avoid Subrogation Traps"
Stephen Smith will present a live MWL webinar on “Iowa Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: Simple Steps To Avoid Subrogation Traps” on June 12, 2019 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. (CDT). Iowa’s workers’ comp statute is perhaps one of the most complicated in the country. This webinar will give an overview of the rights, duties, and deadlines pertinent to securing recovery in Iowa, and provide a road map to avoid common pitfalls along the way. This webinar is free to attend for anyone interested in maximizing their subrogation recoveries in Iowa.
On May 1, 2019, MWL celebrated the opening of its Austin, Texas office. To commenorate the opening our Texas office, we are offering a special one-hour webinar focusing on the nuances and details of Texas automobile subrogation. Whether you are sharpening your subrogation tools or new to the industry, this is a webinar you won’t want to miss. It will be presented July 16, 2019 by Attorney Lee Wickert of our new Austin office beginning at 10:00 a.m. (CDT).