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MIT Frat Settles Lawsuit Over Explosion

BOSTON - (UPI) A Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternity has settled a lawsuit over a prank that caused an explosion in which two people were injured. As part of their annual prank, The Boston Globe reported, Tau Epsilon Phi members stole sodium metal, which explodes when it becomes wet. . ...

I Walked Out Into West, Texas

By Stephen C. Embry, Esq. On April 17, 2013 an explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Co., registering 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveled the plant and much of the surrounding town of West, Texas. The explosion was so powerful and destructive that it created a cloud of confusion as well as a...

West Virginia: Rush of Air, Dust, Debris From Explosion Satisfied “Physical” Component for PTSD Claim

West Virginia is within the group of states that does not allow recovery of workers’ compensation benefits for mental-mental injuries [see W. Va. Code § 23-4-1f (2013)]. Affirming a decision by the state’s Board of Review, the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals recently affirmed...

Texas Explosion Leaves Widowed Immigrant Mother Tangled in Red Tape

"When Sandra Villalobos left her home here in February to go to Mexico, the plan was to return with her 11-year-old daughter, who had been raised there, and a green card. She brought her disabled 7-year-old daughter, Mariana, with her. Villalobos’ husband accompanied them for a short time...

I See Dead People Causing Coverage Disputes

Look, it’s not pleasant, but when you are involved in liability claims you will be forced to confront scenarios involving death. It’s simply the nature of the beast. Liability insurance claims are, by their nature, all about when things go wrong. And when things go wrong – really wrong...

Oil Rig Sea accident