In This Issue
- Attention: Aetna Insured’s
- Baker Act Involuntary Stay
- Government to Require Seatbelts on Large Buses
- Are Your New Tires Warranted Too Old?
- Proposed Law Allows Hair Testing on Truck Drivers for Illegal Drugs
We are investigating claim-handling practices by Aetna regarding their processing of claims as either in-network or out-of-network. If you have Aetna health insurance and have had significant healthcare services that were treated as out-of-network we would like to discuss this with you.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to an unjustified renewal of a Baker Act involuntary stay at one of Jacksonville’s hospitals for which government or private insurance was billed, you may have inadvertently been involved, without your knowledge, of improper proceeding and you can help correct the situation. You may be eligible for possible compensation for your time and involvement, please contact Farah & Farah.
Tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seatbelts starting in late 2016. Beginning November 2016, all new motor coaches and some large buses must be equipped by manufactures with 3-point lap-shoulder belts. This rule does not apply to school buses or city transit buses. The nations leading motor coaches transport about 700 million passengers a year in the U.S, almost equal to that of the domestic airline industry. Since buses are typically on the road for about 20-25 years, it will be many more years before most motor coaches have seatbelts. Hopefully the government will take the next step and require 3-point lap-shoulder belts on all school buses and intercity buses. Our firm has handled many cases over the years involving passengers injured on both school buses and city buses, and if our clients had been restrained, their injuries would not have been as severe or may not have been injured at all.
Source: Claims Journal
Tire ageing is a safety issue that many people are unaware of. What first brought tire ageing to the front were the Explorer/Firestone ATX tire catastrophes that lead to commercial hearings in the late 1990’s. What we have learned is that a tire that is too old for safe use can fail with catastrophic results. A tire’s DOT number provides information about the manufacture of the tire and the week and the year of the tire’s manufacture. For example, if the last four digits of the DOT number were “4809” this would mean that the tire was manufactured in the 48th week of 2009. Most people believe that tire safety relates to a tire’s tread depth. However, tires can sit on a shelf for years or be stowed as a spare tire for years without ever being used. The treads may look safe however tread depth is only one factor to consider in terms of safety. Think of an old tire like a rubber band that has been sitting around for a long time, when you stretch it you start to see the cracks in the rubber. Some tire manufactures say their tires should be replaced once it reaches 10 years of age, other tire manufactures recommend any tires older than 6 years should be replaced.
Source: Beasley Allen Report
Legislation recently introduced the law in Washington and if passed it will allow trucking companies to use hair testing as a method of screening truck drivers for illegal drugs. Currently only urinalysis is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for mandatory pre-employment drug and alcohol exams of truck driver applicants. According to the supporters of the law, the number of truck drivers who passed the pre-employment urine test, but failed the hair test, is high. If this law passes, positive hair tests will be reported to the soon be created National Drug and Alcohol Clearing House that Congress has adopted this year. This Clearing House database will be able to identify any person who has previously tested positive on a pre-employment drug exam required by the federal government before being employed as a truck driver.