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General Contractor Entitled to Statutory Immunity, Court Concludes 12/29/2009
State: PA | Segment: EAST | 210 | 0
A general contractor is entitled to statutory immunity against a negligence suit because it controlled the plaintiff's work site, the Commonwealth Court ruled.Case: Hain v. Borough of West Reading, No. 1059 C.D. 2009, 12/23/09, published/reported.Facts: The Borough of Wes...Read More
Grill Owner Sentenced to Restitution, Probation on Fraud Charges 12/23/2009
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 88 | 0
The owner of the Youngstown Sports Grille in Boardman was ordered Monday to pay more than $30,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and to serve two years probation after pleading guilty to five counts of workers’ compensation fraud, the Youngstown Vindicator reported....Read More
General Contractor Not Responsible for Worker's Death 12/21/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NC | Segment: EAST | 87 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A general contractor is not responsible for the fatal injury of a subcontractor's employee, which arose from actions by the worker that the general contractor could not have foreseen, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled.Case: Pike v. D.A. Fiore Construction Services, Inc., COA0...Read More
Georgia Comp System Remains Stable 12/18/2009
State: GA | Segment: EAST | 110 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The rate at which Georgia's workers are filing injury and illness claims and the costs associated with those claims remain relatively stable, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) reported last week.At its annual Georgia advisory forum held Friday, the Boca Raton, Fla...Read More
Galloway, Johnson Law Firm Opens Offices in Tampa and Mobile 12/18/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 116 | 0
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, a Gulf Coast region defense law firm, announced Thursday that it is opening new offices in Tampa, Fla. and Mobile, Ala.Tampa’s office is located at 620 E. Twiggs Street, Suite 303, and can be reached at 813-977-1200. The Mobile office ...Read More
Grain Company Draws $120,700 in Fines After Worker Suffocates 12/17/2009
State: NE | Segment: CENTRAL | 190 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 citations with fines totaling $120,700 to Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. of Stanton for alleged violations after a worker suffocated from lack of oxygen in the “boot pit” of a concrete grain elevator June 19.Charl...Read More
Galesburg, Joliet Arbitration Sites Change Jan. 1 12/15/2009
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 78 | 0
The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission announced Monday that effective Jan. 1 the sites for arbitration hearings in Galesburg and Joliet will be changed.The Galesburg arbitration hearings will be held at the Best Western Prairie Inn at 300 S. Soangetaha Rd.Review h...Read More
Guaranty Association Can't Recover Uninsured Motorist Award 12/15/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: MS | Segment: EAST | 92 | 0
The Court of Appeals in Mississippi rejected efforts from the state's guaranty association to collect from an insured individual damages received from an uninsured motorist claim stemming from a work-related injury.Case: Mississippi Insurance Guaranty Association v. Blakeney, No. 200...Read More
Greeter's Perfume Exposure Wasn't Peculiar to Her Job, Court Rules 12/11/2009
State: SC | Segment: EAST | 177 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A hospital greeter's work-related exposure to perfume is not compensable because the exposure was not peculiar to her employment, the Court of Appeals ruled. Case: Ervin v. Richland Memorial Hospital, No. 4636, 12/08/09, published.Facts: Carol Ervin worked as a unit secre...Read More
Gov. Appoints Anchorage Judge Stowers to Supreme Court 12/04/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 196 | 0
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday his appointment of Anchorage Superior Court Judge Craig F. Stowers to the Alaska Supreme Court.Stowers is the 21st justice appointed to the high court, the governor said.“Judge Stowers’ character, legal experience, his s...Read More
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