The automobile insurance laws of the State of Hawaii have an exception which excludes certain welfare recipients from receiving medical benefits for their auto accident related injuries under a state-provided PIP (no-fault) policy. In the case of Rubin v. Sullivan, 928 F2d 898 (9th Cir. 1991), the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down that exception to Hawaii's PIP (no-fault) law. The Ninth Circuit reasoned that the exception violated the spirit and the intent of the Social Security Act which specifically prohibits an insurance policy from denying medical coverage to an accident victim on the basis that the victim is a welfare recipient. Moreover, the court held that the federal Social Security Act preempts state law to the contrary.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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