Skaug Law - February 2020

What Is Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Making Sure Your Work Injury Is Treated Fairly

You are probably aware you have some kind of workers’ compensation insurance, but what does that actually mean for you? In the early 1900s, if you were injured on the job and couldn’t work, then you would lose your income unless you sued your employer for negligence. Now, there are fairer guidelines in place.

However, there’s an important catch: If you take your workers’ comp insurance money, then you surrender your right to sue the business.

In many cases, it’s best to accept your employer’s workers’ comp insurance. Most employers don’t want to be sued and will make sure you get healthy again. That doesn’t mean your situation should be taken lightly. Every situation is unique, and if you have doubts about accepting the insurance, then you may feel pressured to make a decision fast. The waiting period for comp benefits after injury in Idaho is only five days. The best way to know whether you should accept workers’ comp insurance is to contact an injury lawyer. With legal insurance, it’s even easier. Your injury lawyer may even be covered by your policy. Why is pursuing a lawsuit worth it? If your injury isn’t receiving the attention it needs, the compensation you may receive can make things easier for you and your family. In Idaho, you can get past, ongoing, and future medical care covered, as well as part of your lost wages while you’re healing. Any transportation costs to receive your medical care, such as mileage, can be covered. If you start working again but can’t return to your old job, you can be relieved of retraining costs and earn pay while you train. Disability benefits and sometimes lifetime monthly checks can be included — and more. Skaug Law has won the largest amount of money for a workers’ comp injury recovery case in state history. Trust Idaho’s best injury lawyers starting with a free case consultation at (208) 466-0030.

Stealing Miss Helen ‘Ocean’s 3’ Attempt a High-Stakes Heist

On a hot summer day in late July 2018, three people entered Miss Helen’s home, forcibly removed her, put her in a stroller, and ran toward their getaway vehicle. This might sound like a typical kidnapping story, but Miss Helen is no ordinary person. She is a 16-inch horn shark living at the San Antonio Aquarium. Fortunately, their fishy behavior didn’t go unnoticed, and someone alerted the aquarium staff. One perpetrator drove away with Miss Helen in tow, but the other two were stopped by aquarium staff, later confessing to their involvement. Thanks to some observant witnesses and aquarium surveillance, police were able to identify the third thief and obtain a warrant to search his house. As it turned out, he had an extensive aquarium in his home and possibly hoped to add Miss Helen to his collection. After being identified, Miss Helen was returned home safely. The aquarium staff was grateful to have Miss Helen back unharmed, despite her ordeal. “She’s a tough little horn shark, I’ll tell you that,” affirmed Jamie Shank, the assistant husbandry director at the aquarium. NO MINOR CRIME While many animal lovers might disagree, animals are considered personal property, so stealing them is a crime of theft, not kidnapping. The penalties for stealing animals vary depending on each state’s laws, and some states have specific laws regarding animal theft. In Texas, larceny law designates the theft of property valued between $1,500–$20,000 as a felony. In the case of Miss Helen, who’s valued by the aquarium at $2,000, the thieves committed a felony. Also, transporting certain animals requires special permits, which led to additional charges against the three thieves. The Animal Welfare Act, which was adopted in 1966, is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Interestingly, it only applies to warm-blooded animals, so if Miss Helen had needed further protection, she would be left out in the cold.

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