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High Court Hears Arguments in Worker's Right to Medical Privacy 07/10/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: GA | Segment: EAST | 283 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Georgia's highest court is hearing oral arguments today on whether a restaurant worker who accidentally drank lye can be forced to authorize her doctor to communicate with her employer. Attorneys John D. Blair and Christopher Todd Ross of Ross & Levy fi...Read More
Hearings Announced for Reimbursement Manual, Outpatient Fees 07/09/2012
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 938 | 0 | Popular with Legal
After waiting in vain for the Florida legislature to enact a workers' compensation fee schedule based on Medicare rates, the Division of Workers' Compensation is proposing an overhaul of the 2012 edition of the Florida Worker's Compensation Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals....Read More
High Court Orders Retrial on Tort Suit over Amputated Leg 07/06/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 945 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Alaska worker who had his right leg torn from his body by a mulching machine is getting a second chance to prove his negligence claims against the owner and manufacturer of the machine because the trial court erroneously admitted evidence of his receipt of workers' compensation benefits ...Read More
Healthesystems Pharmacist Appointed to ODG Advisory Board 07/05/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 488 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Healthesystems, a workers' compensation pharmacy and ancillary benefits management provider, announced on Tuesday that pharmacist Kathleen S. O’Lenic has been accepted to the Official Disability Guidelines Advisory Board (ODG).As part of the ODG board, O’Lenic will provid...Read More
High Ct. Reverses 3rd Circuit, Upholds OWC's Denial of Claim 07/05/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: LA | Segment: CENTRAL | 306 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A decision by the Office of Workers' Compensation to reject a worker's claim that he injured his back while working was not "clearly wrong" and must stand, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled, reversing the Court of Appeals.Case: Marange v. Custom Metal Fabricators, 2011-C-2678, 07...Read More
Hearing on Qualifications of Comp Court Nominees Set for Aug. 20 07/05/2012
State: NE | Segment: CENTRAL | 238 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court will hold a public hearing in Lincoln on Aug. 20 to consider the qualifications of candidates to fill the seat of Workers' Compensation Court Judge Ronald Brown, who is resigning on Aug. 3.The hearing...Read More
High Court Limits Attorney-Client Privilege in Bad-Faith Claims 07/03/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 923 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In a bad-faith action brought by an injured worker against a workers' compensation insurer, attorney-client privilege does not protect communications between an insurer's lawyer and the employer, the Texas Supreme Court ruled.Case: In Re XL Specialty Insurance Co., 10-0969, 06/29...Read More
High Court Reverses Santos, Finds Claimant's Atty. Entitled to Fee 07/02/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 179 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A claimant's attorney who lost before an administrative law judge is entitled to fees because he ultimately prevailed on appeal, even though the claimant — not the insurer — initiated the review, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled.The high court said in its unanimous decision...Read More
High Court Says Tribal Sovereignty Does Not Extend to Carrier 06/28/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OK | Segment: Top | 2400 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An insurance carrier that provided coverage for a tribal employer could not shield itself from liability for an injured worker's claim based on the tribe's sovereign immunity, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.In a unanimous decision, the high...Read More
House Painter Pleads Guilty to Theft of Benefits 06/27/2012
State: ME | Segment: EAST | 558 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A house painter from Mt. Desert, Maine, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft by deception in connection with benefits he received from Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. (MEMIC), the insurer said in a news release on Monday.MEMIC said Jeremy Laurendeau, 35, agreed t...Read More
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