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Jockey's Family Wins $7.8M for Racetrack Death

A jockey's family has been awarded $7.8 million in a lawsuit against a racetrack in Pennsylvania where the jockey died nearly four years ago.

Mario Calderon, the jockey, died after being dragged and repeatedly kicked by the horse he was exercising. Calderon also suffered broken ribs and a bleed on his brain, according to Philadelphia's KYW-TV.

Calderon's family sued the racetrack for allegedly creating an unsafe working environment which caused his death.

What Proof Do You Need for a Disability Insurance Claim?

When filing a disability insurance claim, claimants will need to provide proof of their medical conditions.

Depending on your disability insurance policy, the required proof can include things like a doctor's letter and records from the agency that provides the disability benefits.

So here's a rundown of the claim filing process and how to provide proof of disability:

When juries award multimillion-dollar sums to injured persons, it may seem like a win. But often these awards can be overturned for being excessive.

What does it mean for a personal injury damage award to be excessive? Here's a general legal overview:

It's no joke: Comedian George Wallace has been awarded $1.3 million in damages after a 2007 fall at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas.

Wallace showed he had a sense of humor while winning the jury trial, announcing when he would be closing his show at the Flamingo, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

What kind of damages was Wallace seeking from the casino?

5 Questions to Ask a Disability Lawyer

Disability insurance claims can be complex and are frequently denied (at least initially). A lawyer can help guide you through the process and make it less confusing.

Because disability can be a very personal matter, it's important to choose an experienced disability attorney who fits your needs and is experienced in that area of law. Thankfully, many offer free consultations.

After you scope out a potential attorney (or two), you'll want to find out some basic information about the lawyer and about your claim. Here are five questions to ask a disability lawyer:

A FedEx truck crashed into a tour bus Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring 34 others.

The fiery crash occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland, California, about 100 miles north of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol and National Transportation Safety Board are now trying to determine what caused the FedEx tractor trailer to cross the median and collide with a bus full of high school students, reports The Sacramento Bee.

As the details of the FedEx truck crash unfold, many legal questions will need to be answered.

Parents of Autistic Kids Sue Disney Over Policy

Sixteen families with autistic kids are suing Disney over alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations.

The families claim that the park doesn't provide adequate access, after Disney stopped offering "guest assistance cards" to autistic visitors. The "guest assistance cards" allowed the visitors to bypass lines, according to Reuters.

The program was called in question after Disney discovered that people were finding ways to cheat the system.

How to Prove Distracted Driving Caused a Crash

Distracted driving car accidents are common occurrences, but when it comes to suing the driver for your injuries, you may need to provide evidence that the driver wasn't paying attention to the road.

Beyond texting while driving, distracted driving can include things like applying makeup, eating while driving, or driving with pets in your lap. So how can you show that another driver was distracted at the time of your accident?

Here are five potential ways to prove that distracted driving caused a crash:

DUI Strip Search Settlement Costs County $355K

LaSalle County, Illinois, has agreed to pay $355,000 to settle a lawsuit that arose after a female inmate was strip-searched following a DUI arrest.

Dana Holmes sued the county for violating her civil rights and causing her emotional distress after her forcible strip search at the jailhouse was caught by surveillance cameras, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Five other plaintiffs who say they experienced similarly questionable strip searches at the hands of LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies also joined the lawsuit and will share in the payout.

Disability insurance can be your safety net when serious medical problems hit, and it can be devastating to have those insurance claims denied.

If this has happened to you, don't lose hope just yet. After you figure out why your disability claim was denied, you may be able to make corrections and resubmit your claim, or you may have a good case for an appeal.

Here are five common reasons disability insurance claims are denied, and some thoughts on what you may be able to do next: