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Eliminating Increased Exposure Available under the Jones Act

While working to clear out a pumped-out riverbed for a construction project, a Gallagher client reported three separate injuries to employees. All three claims were reported directly by the insured to their USL&H workers compensation carrier. The claims were handled as workers compensation claims until the carrier questioned each individual’s status and determined that the claims should be handled as Jones Act seaman claims.

Tag(s): Marine; Jones Act;

Transportation Safety Topics - Same Old Seasonal Hazards

This time of year brings thoughts of flowers blooming, birds singing and no more snow, ice, sleet and cold temperatures to face, so let’s sit back, relax and enjoy the drive. NO! NO! NO! As road conditions improve and temperatures warm up, life seems better on the road. However, professional drivers understand that you only trade one set of hazards for another.

Tag(s): Transportation Safety Topics; Transportation; Seasonal Hazards;

Healthcare News: June 6, 2016

This issue supports ASHRM’s HRM Week, has analysis on medical device cybersecurity risk and insurance response, and looks at trends in nontraditional hospital partnerships, and a publicly-disclosed settlement of ERISA exemption church plan litigation.

Tag(s): Healthcare;

Advisor - Ransomware

In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a large increase in ransomware attacks across the United States. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, victims of ransomware paid $209 million in ransom in the first three months of this year alone—more than 10 times the amount paid in all of 2015.

Tag(s): Advisor; Ransomware; Healthcare;

Synthetic Biology: The Future is Now

Biotechnology and specifically Synthetic Biology (SynBio) is evolving at lightning speed. SynBio makes it possible to engineer life from the ground up (allowing the formation of organisms with genetic code (DNA) not found in the natural world) and to re-design existing natural bio systems for life-changing purposes. The opportunities are limitless and so are the risks.

Tag(s): Life Sciences; Synthetic Biology; Biotechnology;

Marine Practice Group Webinar

Recently, the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard have all issued warnings regarding the vulnerability of the maritime industry to cyberattacks and have provided suggestions to reduce the risk.