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Industry Insights

Paduda: NCCI — Quick Hits, a Deeper Dive, and a Critique 05/15/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 315 | 0
Apologies for not getting this out sooner; wanted to wait until I heard back from NCCI on a couple items. ...Read More

Snyder: A Good Way to Make a Bad Impression 05/14/2020
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 264 | 0
Chances are that before you meet your mediator for the first time, you will submit your mediation brief. Your brief is usually the first opportunity to dazzle the reader with your well-honed points and skillful rhetoric. ...Read More

Gurvey: All Injured Workers Getting the Shaft Because of Newsom's COVID-19 Executive Order 05/13/2020
By: Alan Gurvey
State: CA | Segment: Top | 702 | 0
There has been a lot of discussion in the media regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 executive order that creates a rebuttable presumption for all employees who contract coronavirus and claim it is due to work. ...Read More

Duff: Desperate Litigation in the Meatpacking Industry 05/12/2020
By: Michael C. Duff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 367 | 0
I have had a couple of inquiries in the last few days about lawsuits filed by employees against meatpacking plants. ...Read More

Salem: Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction Precludes Election of Remedies 05/11/2020
By: Jane Salem
State: TN | Segment: Top | 236 | 0
The Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel revived a case last week, holding that an injured worker didn’t elect to pursue his claim in Georgia when that state’s tribunal found it didn’t have subject matter jurisdiction. ...Read More

Paduda: Watch Those Facility Costs 05/08/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 325 | 0
As the coronavirus continues its relentless march, hospitals and health systems are getting crushed. With elective procedures banned in many states, the patients hospitals relied on to generate profits have disappeared. Meanwhile, expenses related to preparing for COVID-19 patients have gone...Read More

Grinberg: Compensable Consequence for Spouse's Reaction to Industrial Injury 05/07/2020
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 360 | 0
How far can you stretch workers’ comp? Well, as it turns out, even though our beloved swamp will stretch and stretch and stretch, it does have a limit. Though rarely seen, it is there. ...Read More

Zachry: Top Cost Drivers III: Claims Examiner 'Churning' 05/06/2020
By: Bill Zachry
State: NA | Segment: Top | 376 | 0
Claims examiners have a difficult job. Bill Zach...Read More

Geaney: Consequences for Failure to Use Protective Devices Under COVID-19 Policies 05/05/2020
By: John H. Geaney
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 262 | 0
I had a recent discussion in relation to an upcoming COVID-19 webinar with former Supervising Judge of Compensation Ray. A. Farrington, who sat in Hackensack. Farrington raised an important question about what employers can do when employees ignore safety rules concerning COVID-19 in respect...Read More
Moore: Pending Post Coronavirus Return to Work Issues — Top 10 Preparations 05/04/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 258 | 0
Coronavirus return to work issues will become the buzzword phrase in workers comp over the next few months (rightfully so). Any references to a return to work mean all employees except for #9 below. ...Read More
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