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Ferris Wheel Owner Says Injured Kid At Fault for Tennessee Fair Accident

The owner of a Ferris wheel in which four people were injured in Tennessee last year has responded to lawsuits over the incident, saying that one of the injured children was to blame for a gondola overturning. The Greeneville Sun …

Chemical Explosion at Florida Food Warehouse Injures 3

Authorities say three people suffered injuries in a chemical explosion at a Florida warehouse. Lakeland Fire Department officials said about 50 people were eflvacuated from the area around the Natural Advantage Food Flavorings plant on Friday afternoon. Sixteen people, including …

Agriculture Officials Say Florida Crops Devastated by Irma

Florida’s agriculture commissioner said Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma “could not have been more lethal” to the state’s farmers and that the scope of damage to the state’s fruits and vegetables is unprecedented. Commissioner Adam Putnam, along with …

Expert’s Advice to Florida Agents: Report Claims That Fall Below Hurricane Deductible

With many agents currently assisting clients in determining if they have claims and the insurance claim filing process in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, one most common question received by the Florida Association of Insurance Agents has been: Should you …

4 West Virginians Get Prison For Roles in Staged Crashes

Federal authorities say a West Virginia man has been sentenced to almost three years in prison for a staged vehicle crash, faked injuries and false insurance claim for a $41,000 settlement. According to prosecutors, 34-year-old Michael Sine, of Fairmont, also …

4 Hurricane Irma-Affected U.S. Attorney Offices Form Fraud Task Forces

The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) along with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the District of Puerto Rico, Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida have formed task forces comprised of local, state and …

Florida’s Insured Losses From Irma Reach Nearly $2B and Growing

Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state’s insurance regulator said on Monday. The estimate of insured losses is based on preliminary statewide data that insurers filed with …

Ex-Coal CEO Asks Supreme Court to Toss West Virginia Mine Blast Conviction

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say …

What Went Wrong at Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died

The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A …

Georgia Insurance Head Directs Insurers to Exercise Leniency in Wake of Irma

Georgia’s insurance commissioner has issued a stern message to the insurance industry in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, saying in a directive to insurance companies on Thursday that they are to exercise leniency in dealing with Georgia residents that may …

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