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Workers' Compensation News

Calderone Increases Attorney Fees Threshold to $43K 12/06/2012
State: NJ | Segment: EAST | 297 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation Director and Chief Judge Peter Calderone amended the threshold for claimants' attorney fees this week, citing changes to the state's average weekly wage. The Division of Workers' Compensation increased the threshold for claiman...Read More
Contractors May Have to Indemnify Entergy after Worker Injury 12/06/2012
State: LA | Segment: CENTRAL | 219 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Contractors that built scaffolding too close to power lines may have to indemnify a utility company against a worker's negligence suit, according to a decision from the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that contractors who violate the Overhead Power L...Read More
College Enrollment Didn't Invalidate TTD Award, Court Rules 12/06/2012
State: VA | Segment: EAST | 526 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A barista’s decision to enroll in community college after her work-related injury did not bar her from receiving temporary total disability benefits, the Virginia Court of Appeals concluded. Case: Starbucks v. Shy, No. 2557-11-4, 12/4/12, published.Facts: Kristin Shy, a...Read More
Court: Board Should Have Considered Expert's Testimony 12/06/2012
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Workers’ Compensation Board should have considered a medical expert’s causation testimony in a radiculopathy claim, according to a decision from the Oregon Court of Appeals. Case: Armenta v. PCC Structural, No. A141790, 12/5/12, published.Facts: Ernesto Arment...Read More
Commission Reports Lost-Time Injury Rate Declined in 2011 12/06/2012
State: LA | Segment: CENTRAL | 158 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has announced that the rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases in Louisiana requiring days away from work declined in 2011.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Louisiana’s private industry incidence rate dropped to 2.5 per 100 f...Read More
CalChamber Offering Updated Notices 12/05/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 226 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Chamber of Commerce is offering posters employers are required to display and pamphlets that must be given to new workers that have been revised to account for changes made by Senate Bill 863.Provisions such as independent medical review, allowing employees with health ins...Read More
Comp Board Announces 2013 Training Sessions 12/05/2012
State: ME | Segment: EAST | 279 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Maine Workers' Compensation Board announced it has improved its training sessions for employers and insurers and will hold four sessions in 2013.The board said in its Winter 2012 newsletter...Read More
Court Reverses Summary Judgment on Carrier's Duty to Defend 12/05/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 259 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An insurance carrier was not entitled to summary judgment declaring that it had no duty to indemnify or defend an out-of-possession property owner from a personal injury action by a construction worker who was hurt on the premises. Case: Robert Pitt Realty et al...Read More
Columbus Comp Attorney Named Member at McAngus Firm 12/05/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: SC | Segment: EAST | 221 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers' compensation attorney Kelly Morrow has been named a member of the McAngus Goudelock & Courie firm in Columbus, S.C., the firm announced in a press release.Morrow concentrates her practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense, the McAngus firm said. She grad...Read More
Contractor Sentenced to 7 Years for Underreporting Premium 12/04/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 344 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Southern California contractor convicted of defrauding carriers out of more than $3 million in premiums was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday, according to numerous media reports.Steven Morales, 65, was convicted in September on charges that he set up business fronts –...Read More
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