When Americans first heard the news about the 2017 Equifax scandal, the Takata airbags cover-up, the deeds that Wells Fargo was taking part in, and the recent sexual harassment allegations that are currently sweeping through the news and entertainment industries, most were shocked, angry, and just a little bit confused. How and why were corporations allowed to take advantage of employees and/or customers or look in the opposite direction from employee misconduct when it was allowed to happen?
2017 was an unparalleled year for corporation misconduct. Multiple corporations made news headlines for wrongful activities or actions they took part in– at a level we’ve never seen before.
Steve King, Iowa Congressman, has been pushing a new medical malpractice bill in the state of Iowa that would place significant caps on the damages victims of medical errors can potentially receive after filing a medical malpractice claim against doctors or medical institutions in our state. This bill, H.R. 121 (often referred to as the anti-accountability bill), aims to limit the rights of U.S. citizens by taking away the right to obtain a fair settlement amount through trial by jury.
H.R. 1215 passed last month in the U.S. House of Representatives by a few votes, but every Democrat and several Republicans voted against it. Rep. King has tried to claim that the bill would encourage more doctors to practice in Iowa since it would lower the costs of practice insurance. This claim is misleading, however, since statistics point to the fact that Iowa doctors already pay some of the lowest insurance rates in the nation for medical liability.
At Welsh & Welsh, we work hard to protect victims of accidents who feel powerless or overcome by circumstances they did not cause. In addition to helping victims of personal injury accidents, we’re also advocators of groups that make it their mission to educate the public about legal rights. Among these integral rights is Title IX, a federal law which protects students from being discriminated against in schools based on gender. As part of this law, institutions of higher education are required to “take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
Title IX is essential to our nation’s colleges and universities, but it also plays a role in K-12 schools around the nation. Unfortunately, elementary and middle/high schools are not governed by the same requirement that governs colleges and universities regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence policies. In an educational series published by the Public Justice organization and the Associated Press, you can read just one example case of a Maine student who was sexually abused by other students and did not receive the necessary protection from his school officials.
One of the things you’ll hear most often from personal injury lawyers is that personal injury cases are innately complex. Medical malpractice claims, product liability claims, premises liability claims, and nursing home abuse claims tend to be among the most complicated. But why is that, exactly? Why are these types of claims so complex?
The answer to that question is also complex. Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is rarely any type of personal injury that’s defined as “cookie cutter” so to speak. Personal injury cases are generally rare instances. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be civil cases. Civil claims—which include personal injury claims—are matters which occur rarely and can ideally be prevented with best practice measures.