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Insurance Claims Delays Deliver Massive Profits To Industry By Shorting Customers

From an article on Huffington Post: Unlike many other businesses, the insurance industry is bound by law to act in good faith with its customers. Because of their protective role in the lives of ordinary citizens, insurers have long operated as semi-public trusts. But since the mid-1990s, a new profit-hungry model, combined with weak regulation,… Read more »

Supreme Judicial Court Recognizes Maine Attorneys Christian Lewis and Sheldon Tepler of Hardy, Wolf & Downing for 2016 Free Legal Aid to Elderly and Others in Need

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October 18, 2016, Portland, Maine – For Immediate Release. In honor of National Pro Bono Week, October 23-29, 2016, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley today announced that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will honor Maine lawyers who have reported their contributions of at least 50 hours of legal assistance to low income and elderly Maine… Read more »

Record-Setting Personal Injury Settlement in Philadelphia County

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Life’s major events aren’t always predictable, and the changes they bring aren’t always positive. David Williams, a Pennsylvania landscaper formerly employed by TruGreen, likely understands that sentiment better than most. David was minding his own business, driving a company truck down a highway in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, when due to no fault of his own… Read more »

2016 Hardy Wolf & Downing Scholarship Winner

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Hardy Wolf & Downing is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of our scholarship award. We were deeply moved by the number of applications received and as loyal supporters of military veterans and law enforcement personnel, we are proud to offer this year’s scholarship award to Marshall Magincalda, a former Marine who served in the U.S. infantry… Read more »

Fatality Marks Fifth Motorcycle Death in Maine for 2016

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Another motorcycle accident in Maine has claimed an innocent life. 36-year-old Robert Locke, from Lynbrook, New York, died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Alfred’s Route 111. According to state police, the victim had joined a group of friends for a trip to New Hampshire when the accident happened. Police say that Locke swerved… Read more »

Head-on Collision in Orrington Injures 3

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A head-on collision in Orrington last week sent three people to the hospital, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. Officers have not yet released the victim’s names, but report that the accident happened on Route 15, near Pleasant Hill Lane. The collision, which involved a motorcycle and a passenger car, is being investigated and… Read more »

Recreational Boating Accident Injuries Drop, Reports Coast Guard

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Last year saw 32 recreational boating accidents in Maine, and eight fatalities, reports The U.S. Coast Guard. According to its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics, national boating accident related injuries are significantly lower than recent years, with 2,613 injuries in 2015. Boating deaths spiked just 2.6 percent from 2014, with 626 deaths last year. While this… Read more »

New OSHA Rules Aim to Curb Workplace Injuries

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Last week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its new data reporting rule aimed at modernizing injury data collection. According to a recent OSHA news release, the new rule, which goes into effect August 10, 2016, is intended to “nudge” employers to increase precautions that reduce workplace injuries and illnesses…. Read more »

Helping Maine’s Seniors and Their Families Find Top-Quality Residential Care

Adult son out for a walk with his father, who has alzheimers disease.

It has been estimated that the total of Maine residents aged 85 and up will grow by approximately 90 percent by 2030. Clearly, this sizable segment of the population will place a heavy demand on the state’s long-term and residential nursing care resources which already serve a large number of the region’s seniors. However, when… Read more »

Tighter Nursing Home Controls Sought By Regulators

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Earlier this month, the Massachusetts public health commissioner announced an initiative aimed at substantially boosting oversight of nursing facilities across the state. The initiative would establish a specialized unit designed to make surprise inspections and impose financial sanctions on facilities found to have serious problems. Further, the plan calls for greater scrutiny and investigation of… Read more »