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Workers' Compensation News

Two New Bills Targeting Occupational Chemo Use on Horizon 02/08/2011
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 158 | 0
Two Washington legislators plan to introduce legislation that would help protect health care workers who handle oncology drugs, the Seattle Times reported. Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, told the paper that they plan to introduce two bills this session...Read More
Trucker Sentenced For Double-Dipping 02/08/2011
State: NJ | Segment: EAST | 125 | 0
A Bayville, N.J., trucker has been placed on probation for three years after pleading guilty to illegally collecting more than $16,000 in workers' compensation benefits.State Attorney General Paula Dow said Thomas Gallo, 55, also was ordered to pay full restitution to Freehold Cartag...Read More
Third-Party Administrators Will Pay $103,500 for Untimely Filings 02/07/2011
State: MO | Segment: CENTRAL | 65 | 0
The Missouri Attorney General's Office announced that two third-party administrators will pay the state $103,500 for violating Missouri's workers' compensation law by failing to report worker injuries to the Division of Workers’ Compensation within the prescribed time frame....Read More
Terry Wheaton Makes Partner at England Ponticello & St. Clair 02/01/2011
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 261 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The England Ponticello & St. Clair law firm in San Diego announced that it has named attorney Terry S. Wheaton as partner.Wheaton worked in both the construction and industrial safety industries prior to becoming a member of the California State Bar, the law firm said in a press rele...Read More
Transfer Driver Was Independent Contractor, Not Employee 02/01/2011
State: AL | Segment: EAST | 426 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A man who was injured while delivering a new pickup truck to an auto dealership was an independent contractor, not an employee, an Alabama appellate court concluded. Case: Susan Schein Chrysler Dodge v. Rushing, No. 2091112, 1/28/11. Published.Facts: Selby Rushing Jr. was dri...Read More
Total Disability Precludes Reimbursement from Disability Fund 01/24/2011
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 299 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
A worker who injured his back after slipping on ice in his employer's parking lot was totally disabled because of the accident and not a preexisting condition, precluding reimbursement from the Special Disability Fund, the 3rd Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ruled.Ca...Read More
Tort Reform Bill Raises Bar for Injured Worker Negligence Suits 01/20/2011
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: WI | Segment: Top | 268 | 0
By Greg Jones, reporterThe Wisconsin Senate passed a tort reform bill Tuesday that will make it harder for injured workers to file civil suits against their employers and will cap punitive damages in negligence cases at $...Read More
Three Comp Attorneys Among Franklin & Prokopik New Hires 01/20/2011
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: MD | Segment: EAST | 168 | 0
The Baltimore-based Franklin & Prokopik law firm announced Wednesday the addition of four new attorneys, three of them who specialize in workers' compensation, the Baltimore Citybizlist website reported.New associate Josh Bascom, who concentrates his civil litigation practice in ...Read More
Truck Driver Only Had Duties of an Ordinary Passenger 01/20/2011
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 73 | 0
A passenger driver in a tractor-trailer had the duty only to warn his co-driver of hazards that a reasonably prudent passenger under ordinary circumstances would have noticed, a federal district court in Oregon ruled.Case: Wise v. Swift Transportation Co., Pistone, No. 07-6342-AA, 1/11/1...Read More
Trailer Staircase Did Not Provide Access to Working Platform 01/14/2011
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 366 | 0
A worker injured on a staircase to the contractor's job site trailer does not constitute a device used to access a working platform such as scaffolding, the 3rd Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled in dismissing a claim brought under Labor Law Section 241....Read More
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