NC - Workers' Comp Defense Attorney Named Deputy Commissioner
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Charlotte workers’ compensation defense attorney Amanda Witzke has been appointed to serve as a deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Industrial Commission Chairman Charlton Allen announced Witzke’s appointment last week.
Witzke joins the Industrial Commission from the law firm of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, which represents employers and carriers in workers’ compensation and liability matters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
She holds a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of North Carolina a...
WV - Bill to Create Appellate Court Clears Senate
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A long-gestating proposal to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia has gained approval in the West Virginia Senate.
Sen. Patricia Rucker
The chamber passed Senate Bill 341 along party lines on Thursday, with all but one Democrat voting against it, The Register-Herald newspaper of Beckley, West Virginia, reported.
Business and insurance interests back SB 341, saying an intermediate appellate court system would create “some predictability and better case law,” as West Virginia Insurance Federation president Jill Rice put it.
The West Virginia Association...
TX - Zenith Insurance Co. Sues Dallas Surgery Center Over Worker's Brain Injury
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California workers’ compensation carrier Zenith Insurance Co. has sued the Texas Institute for Surgery over more than $1 million in medical bills associated with a brain injury sustained by an injured worker while she emerged from anesthesia after ankle surgery.
Zenith writes that 38-year-old Tyra Price’s brain injury “would not have occurred but for the negligent, careless and/or reckless conduct” of Texas Institute for Surgery, whose staff allegedly failed to keep Price’s airways clean, resulting in cardiac arrest.
The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in the ...