Daily Archives: February 6, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Labor and Employment by Courtney Sherwood  
Working as a Contractor? Make Sure You’re Protected

In today’s tough employment market, many job hunters would welcome any paying offer of work. But if you’re one of the millions of American workers who’ve entered the world of freelance or contract work status in recent years, you should know about the risks you are taking on. From 2005 to 2010, 4 million U.S. workers became independent contractors, according to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., a company that analyzes federal employment data. These contractors range from full-time software developers who …

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Posted 5 years ago in Medical Malpractice by Ada Kulesza  
Emotional Distress Enough for Medical Malpractice Suit, Says PA Supreme Court

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in December set a new precedent in medical malpractice litigation, expanding the claim of “negligent infliction of emotional distress” (known as the NIED claim) to include people who’ve been emotionally harmed but suffered no physical damage due to medical negligence. In other words, people can have their day in court. The highest court in the Commonwealth said that a doctor’s misinformation caused new mother Jeanelle Toney significant distress when she gave birth to a deformed …

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Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
DUI Suspect Spends Two Years in Solitary Confinement

A $22 million settlement for a DUI suspect who was held in solitary confinement for two years has drawn attention to serious deficiencies in the mental health services and treatment in New Mexico’s corrections facilities. Inmate Stephen Slevin suffered serious mental and physical damages Separate lawsuit forced county jail to improve mental health facilities Up to 35 percent of inmates in jails and prisons suffer from mental illness   Incompetent to Stand Trial Stephen Slevin already had a long history …

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