FL - Fire Marshal Supports Proposed PTSD Presumption Legislation
State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who is also Florida’s fire marshal, is backing cancer and PTSD presumption legislation for first responders, WFLA-News Channel 8 reported.
Patronis told the station he supports measures that would award lost wages to first responders who develop mental injuries without accompanying physical ailments, commonly called “mental-mental” claims.
Current state law covers only medical benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder without physical injury.
“It’s a change that shows that we care most about.
OR - WCD Implements Legislative Changes to Death Benefit Calculation
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division has announced that monthly benefits for all children of workers killed in industrial accidents will increase to 25% of the average weekly wage at the start of the year.
Monthly benefit amounts are unchanged for surviving children receiving payments at a rate of 25% of the AWW, or for surviving children and dependents with no surviving parent who are completing secondary education or obtaining a general education development certificate.
Any benefits currently being paid at the rate of 10%, however, must be increased to 25% at the start of t.
NM - WCA Schedules Training Sessions for Mandatory E-Filing System
The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration will hold free training sessions throughout December on a new electronic filing system that will become mandatory at the start of the new year.
Effective Jan. 1, all represented parties will be required to use the Electronic Adjudication Management System, or EAMS, to file court documents in all workers’ compensation cases. Workers and employers who are unrepresented will not have to use the electronic filing system, but are encouraged to do so, the WCA said.
The WCA said it will hold training sessions for EAMS on the following .
AZ - Attorney Diana Ezrre Robles Joins Tucson's Showard Law Firm
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Personal injury, medical malpractice and workers' compensation attorney Diana Ezrre Robles has joined Tucson's Showard Law Firm, Inside Tucson Business reports.
Diana Ezrre Robles
Ezrre Robles was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1997 after graduating from the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. She has practiced in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and workers' compensation for most of her career.
Prior to joining Showard Law Firm, Ezrre Robles worked at Snow, Carpio & Weekley PLC in Tucson. She recently.