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Injured Texas worker awarded $5.3 million

Today’s post comes from guest author Leonard Jernigan, from The Jernigan Law Firm.

In April of 2007 Charles Robison, a worker for Texas-based West Star Transportation, suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling headfirst off an unevenly loaded flatbed trailer. At the time of the accident, West Star had “opted-out” of the Texas workers’ compensation system and forfeited its protection against negligence law suits by its employees.

 Mr. Robison filed a lawsuit in January of 2009 against his employer, and a jury found that West Star’s negligence caused Mr. Robison’s injuries.  He was awarded $5.3 million dollars in damages.

The judgment included: “$3.7 million for Mr. Robison’s past and future medical care, $1 million for past and future physical pain and mental anguish and $400,000 for Ms. Robison’s past and future loss of consortium, as well as additional payments for Mr. Robison’s loss of earning capacity and physical impairment.”

On January 23, 2015 a three-judge panel in the Texas 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the jury’s decision. Employers who want to be allowed to “opt-out” of workers’ compensation programs need to understand that one of the great benefits to the employer under workers’ compensation is the protection against civil law suits.

 

Original post by Sheena Harrison, writer for www.businessinsurance.com

http://bit.ly/1v4XYkK

 

 

Medical Procedures: What do they cost?

Today’s post comes from guest author Leonard Jernigan, from The Jernigan Law Firm.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has created an online pricing tool to help patients compare prices of about 1,200 non-emergency medical procedures. Patients can now search for the best financial deal for services offered within North Carolina.

 By exposing this previously undisclosed information, patients are now able to go and see services according to the databases average procedure costs. The pricing tool also reveals the most expensive and most affordable option for each procedure.

In order to look up costs and doctors available to preform your procedure, you first access the pricing tool at: http://www.bcbsnc.com/content/providersearch/treatments/index.htm#/ . Then, you enter the treatment or service you would like in the first blank, your current location, and how many miles you are willing to travel for the service. Once you have entered all of this information, you just click search and your results will be immediately displayed. You can organize your results by cost, provider name, or distance.

 

To see the original article by John Murawski in The News and Observer explaining the pricing tool, click below:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/31/4516241_blue-cross-pricing-tool-could.html#storylink=misearch

Flotation tanks help relieve stress, pain and tension

Today’s post comes from guest author Leonard Jernigan, from The Jernigan Law Firm.

 

In 1954 while working at the National Institute of Mental Health, Neuroscientist John C. Lilly developed a sensory-deprivation flotation tank in order to discover what would happen to the brain if it was deprived of as much stimulation as possible. According to Susan Jacobson, writer for the Orlando Sentinel, “The process works like this: A client enters a soundproof private room, disrobes, showers and lies supine in 150 gallons of skin-temperature water.” The tank water is mixed with 1,000 pounds of Epson salts, which keep the patient afloat.

Lilly’s main concern with the flotation tanks was that the brain might shut down. What he found was that rather than shutting off, the brain enters a dream-like state of mind, which relieves anxiety, improves creativity, and helps ease symptoms from many medical conditions.

Some patients struggling with stress, insomnia, and physical pain have been able to find relief from their symptoms through flotation exercises. The freedom and focus patients get inside the tank creates a deep relaxation that has attracted clients ranging from athletes to business professionals. These tanks are no miracle cure, but to those who do get relief it may seem that way.

 

Original article about flotation by Susan Jacobson in the Orlando Sentinel

Reposted in News & Observer 1/26/15 – see the full article here:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/26/4505676/using-flotation-tanks-to-wash.html