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Judge Must Decide Arbitrability of Disputes Under EquityComp Agreement 04/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 262 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 8 min read
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a trial judge should have decided whether the terms of an arbitration agreement between Applied Underwriters and a disgruntled EquityComp customer required that a dispute over allegedly unpaid costs be decided by an arbitrator. ...Read More

Jury Rejects Library Assistant's Retaliation Claim 04/03/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 447 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A federal jury found no merit in claims made by a former library assistant that the city of Lowell retaliated against her for filing a workers’ compensation claim, according to ...Read More

Judge Used Wrong Standard of Review to Overturn Denial of Worker's Request for Fees 03/20/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 275 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 172 min read
The Georgia Court of Appeals vacated a trial judge’s ruling overturning a decision that denied an injured worker’s request for an additional attorney fee, saying the trial judge had applied the incorrect standard of review. ...Read More

JCC Erred in Rejecting Opinion of EMA on Firefighter's Impairment After Cardiac Ablation 03/19/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 293 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 121 min read
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge of compensation claims wrongly dismissed the opinion of an expert medical adviser as to the extent of a firefighter’s impairment. ...Read More

Judge Hands Younger Drobot 41-Month Sentence 03/09/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3044 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
Michael R. Drobot, the son of the former owner of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for operating a drug dispensing program used to pay kickbacks to providers who referred patients to his father's hospital. ...Read More

Judge, Board Didn't Understand Causes of PTSD, Appellate Court Says 03/01/2018
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 479 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 27 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed the Workers' Compensation Board's denial of a 911 dispatcher's post-traumatic stress disorder claim, finding that the board had not reasonably interpreted the interplay between her psychiatrists' reports and the official ...Read More
Judicial Salary Increase Bill Gets Subcommittee Nod 02/12/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 262 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
A Florida Senate subcommittee has recommended on a 10-0 vote that compensation judges’ salaries be raised by nearly 22% and their initial terms be expanded from four to six years. Senate Bill 1412, sponsor...Read More

Judge Finds Unreasonable Delays, Possible Underground Rules in QME Denials 02/07/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2341 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
A judge in Southern California on Tuesday ruled that the Division of Workers’ Compensation appears to have relied on unenforceable underground regulations when it denied applications for reappointment from two qualified medical evaluators and unreasonably delayed hearings whe...Read More

Judge Erred in Allowing Worker to Unilaterally Dismiss Complaint 02/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 353 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
An Ohio appellate court ruled that a trial judge could not allow a worker to unilaterally dismiss the complaint she had filed to re-establish her entitlement to benefits. ...Read More

Judge Declines to Dismiss Fraud Case Against Former Prison Guard 01/25/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 353 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1440 min read
A Massachusetts superior court judge has rejected a former prison guard’s attempt to dismiss charges that he collected $16,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while lying about the extent of his disability, ...Read More
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