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Smart Phone Recordings: Double Standard from the Petitioner's Bar? 01/17/2013
By: Shawn R. Biery
State: IL | Segment: | 446 | 0
We recently had an inquiry regarding a petitioner, at the request of his counsel apparently, surreptitiously recording the interaction and discussions during an independent medical examination. It is unclear to the writer if the M.D. didn’t put two and two together until after the exam as he d...Read More
Supreme Court to Consider 'Mailbox Rule' 01/07/2013
By: Kirk Jenkins
State: IL | Segment: | 704 | 0
Our preview of the civil cases to be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court during the upcoming January term concludes with G...Read More
Supreme Court Reaffirms Arbitrator's Autonomy 12/28/2012
By: Joseph C. Nuzzo Jr.
State: NA | Segment: | 383 | 0
The U.S. Supreme Court recently reaffirmed a long-standing rule that an arbitrator must decide the validity of the terms contained in any employment contract or agreement containing a valid arbitration clause....Read More
Supreme Court Upholds Denial of TTC Benefits to Retired Employee 12/04/2012
By: Lisa G. Whittaker
State: OH | Segment: | 273 | 0
The Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in State ex rel. Rouan v. Indus. Comm. in October making it clear that employees who retire, and thereby remove themselves from the workforce, for reasons unrelated to their workers' compensation claims are ineligible to receive Temporary Total Compensati...Read More
Supreme Court Saves Patient's Life 12/03/2012
State: PA | Segment: | 272 | 0
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court saved a patient's life last week. Interestingly, the court accomplished this great feat by doing nothing. Linda Turner was injured on the job in December of 1987. She underwent two surgical procedures and was diagnosed, over a number of years, with arac...Read More
SB 863 Enacts Independent Medical Review System 10/29/2012
State: CA | Segment: | 440 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Signed by the governor on Sept. 18, Senate Bill 863 brought in a host of changes that affect the business and litigation processes in the world of workers’ compensation. These changes were designed to address a host of problems that have been brewing since the passage and implementation of Sen...Read More
Sugar: Bad for Consumers, Deadly for Workers? 10/18/2012
State: NA | Segment: | 343 | 0 | Popular with Legal
It would be pretty hard to avoid the news about sugar: it's bad for us. Diets high in sugar contribute mightily to the nation's burgeoning problems of obesity and diabetes and may even be a factor in dementia. But sugar in its crop form is also proving to be deadly. The cause and effect, how...Read More
Show Me the Money: In Re Marriage of Christopher Washkowiak 10/12/2012
By: Aaron Frederickson
State: NA | Segment: | 931 | 0
Over the years, Medicare Secondary Payer compliance professionals have worked hard to insure that funds placed into a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) are fully funded and properly administered either professionally or by the individual claimant. However, issues of divorce and child support enforcement matt...Read More
Second-Injury Fund Cases Highlight a Crisis 10/09/2012
State: MO | Segment: | 687 | 0
An interesting little legal issue is brewing in Missouri with an outsized impact on the state's Second Injury Fund's solvency, again drawing into question the current day relevanc...Read More
SB 863: Credits and Kudos 09/24/2012
By: Dr. Robert L. Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: | 292 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Senate Bill 863 provided one of the most drama-laden lobbying and advocacy campaigns in years and ended in a personal victory for Gov. Edmund G. Brown. Because of intense work chiefly by the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS), the bill was nearly defeated.On th...Read More
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