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Corey Johnson targets Scaffold Law in plan to fix MTA

Council Speaker Corey Johnson has targeted a sacred cow in his plan to reform the MTA: New York’s much-maligned Scaffold Law, which critics say boosts insurance costs for transit projects and on other construction in New York State by hundreds of millions of dollars. The Scaffold Law assigns 100 percent liability on owners and contractors for workplace injuries — without considering whether the worker is... Read Article

Does Home Insurance Cover If Tree Falls on House or Other Tree Damage?

Trees are a beautiful feature of many properties and homes, but what happens if a tree falls on your house, or you get damage to your property from trees? Does insurance cover fallen trees and related damage? It all depends on what the cause of the damage is. Home insurance will cover many forms of damage caused by trees, but may not cover everything. Here's... Read Article

How To Keep Pipes From Freezing During NoVA Cold Spell

These tips can help prevent frozen pipes this winter. Plus, ways to handle your insurance claim if your DC or Virginia house is damaged. WASHINGTON, DC — With wind chills that will feel like the teens at times this week in DC and northern Virginia and overnight lows remaining in the 20s, it's important to know how to prevent your home's water pipes from freezing.... Read Article

Wildfires in California have destroyed thousands of homes, and the devastating pattern is making fire insurance more expensive and complicated than ever

More than 7,000 structures have been destroyed as three wildfires continue to burn their way through California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Thanks to heightened wildfire activity across the state, it’s becoming harder than ever for California homeowners to obtain and keep fire insurance, reported the Associated Press. “As California wildfires grow larger and more intense, an increasing number of insurance companies are not... Read Article

Taxpayers are paying more than ever for workplace injuries

Taxpayers are spending more than ever paying city employees injured on the job. Workers compensation-claim payouts totaled $25.7 million in 2017, a 10-year high, and a 109-percent increase from 2008, according to city Law Department data. Last year, 18,604 injured employees were paid worker’s comp, 20 percent more than in 2008, and the average payout — which typically includes medical costs and lost wages —... Read Article