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Police Report Restaurants Served Alcohol to Teens Before Crash

Police Report Restaurants Served Alcohol to Teens Before Crash

Two restaurants in North Carolina are being investigated after allegedly serving alcohol to multiple underage patrons on Nov. 27, including one 18-year-old who later crashed their vehicle into a ditch and hit a tree in Currituck County. The driver, who suffered serious injuries in the crash and caused an estimated $17,000 in damage, was reportedly one of five teens who…

Property & Casualty Report: Q4 2021 Market Overview & Q1 2022 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q4 2021 Market Overview & Q1 2022 Forecast

The last two years have been among the most uncertain the world has ever experienced by any standard. The Excess and Surplus (E&S) Lines insurance marketplace has stepped up to meet the challenge experiencing strong growth and perseverance in the face of a global pandemic, extraordinary natural catastrophes, increasing cyber-attacks, excessive jury verdicts, supply chain disruptions, political unrest, labor shortages…

QVC, Amazon Warehouse Disasters Underscore Risks at Large Facilities

QVC, Amazon Warehouse Disasters Underscore Risks at Large Facilities

A massive fire at a QVC warehouse in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on Dec. 19 destroyed 75% of the 1.5 million-square-foot facility and killed one worker, according to news reports. The five-alarm blaze rendered the site inoperable and has reportedly prompted the company, a major employer in the area, to plan to lay off all of its more than 1,900…

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Risks in 2022

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Risks in 2022

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? About 44% of adults surveyed in a recent Medifast poll said they planned to set a resolution for 2022, compared to 50% in 2021. Top resolutions for the new year include financial health, holistic health and wellness, and focusing on self-care or body positivity, the survey found. While not everyone will make a…

Laptop Charging on Bed Ignites Apartment Fire in Northwest Austin

Laptop Charging on Bed Ignites Apartment Fire in Northwest Austin

A bedroom fire at an apartment complex in northwest Austin, Texas, on Nov. 4 was reportedly caused by a laptop left charging on a bed. The blaze, which displaced one resident but caused no injuries, was extinguished by a sprinkler system and caused an estimated $8,000 in property damage, CBS Austin reported. Just days later in the same city, a…

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

The accidental shooting that resulted in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust could lead to a “tremendous legal fallout,” Time magazine recently reported. Reports indicate that Hutchins died after producer and actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that contained a live round. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting…

Children Given COVID Vaccine Instead of Flu Shot at Walgreens Pharmacy

Children Given COVID Vaccine Instead of Flu Shot at Walgreens Pharmacy

A family of four was reportedly vaccinated against COVID-19 by mistake on Oct. 4 when they tried to get their annual flu shots at a Walgreens pharmacy in Evansville, Indiana. The parents claim that shortly after they and their 4- and 5-year-old children received what they thought was the flu vaccine, a pharmacist called to explain that they all had…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group We are pleased to share our third quarter Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast, prepared immediately following industry conferences and meetings that are clear bellwethers of what to anticipate. September, as we know, is Reinsurance Month which sets the stage for pivotal year-end negotiations of January 1…

Pedal Pubs Prompt Concerns After Falls and Injuries

Pedal Pubs Prompt Concerns After Falls and Injuries

A recent video that shows a man stumbling off a Tennessee pedal pub and falling into a moving car has added to growing concerns over the safety of open-air bike bars and other so-called “transportainment” vehicles where alcohol is served. In the video, a man is seen sitting in the backseat of a parked Nashville Pedal Tavern vehicle before falling…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is abundantly clear, the “new normal” will reshape all of our organizations. One of our many goals is to keep you updated on the rapidly evolving insurance marketplace where adjustments have arguably never been more fluid.…

Restaurant Labor Shortages Strain Recovery Efforts, Escalate Risks

Restaurant Labor Shortages Strain Recovery Efforts, Escalate Risks

Despite moderately increased sales and rising consumer confidence in the safety of dining out, restaurants in the U.S. and Canada are still facing a major hurdle in their efforts to reopen: they do not have enough workers. Restaurants employed 1.5 million fewer workers in May of this year compared to pre-pandemic levels, TIME magazine recently reported, and one survey found…

Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Two amusement park visitors were taken to the hospital on June 13 after a ride malfunction at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The incident happened on the Saw Mill Log Flume ride when one of its boats nearly tipped over after making a four-story descent into the water. The 18- and 22-year-old riders who were hurt…

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