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Phillips: It's All Settled 04/17/2024
By: Judge Allen Phillips
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 0
One of the goals of the 2013 Reform Act was an efficient and timely system for resolution of claims. Settlement by agreement furthers that goal by getting employees their benefits more quickly and by allowing employers to avoid undue litigation expenses. ...Read More

Snyder: Public Benefit Rules Have Changed, but It Might Not Make a Difference 04/12/2024
By: Teddy Snyder
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
In July 2022, I alerted readers about a new Medi-Cal eligibility law, California Welfare and Institutions Code §14005.62, which removed the asset limit test. As of Jan. 1, 2024, there is no asset limit. ...Read More

Headrick: Clearing Up a Common Misconception 04/11/2024
By: Judge Audrey Headrick
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 0
Merriam-Webster defines misconception as “a wrong or mistaken idea.” ...Read More

Snyder: Litigation Guidelines Should Define Four Settlement Triggers 04/10/2024
By: Teddy Snyder
State: CA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0
Civil litigators tend to observe certain guideposts as mediation triggers, such as the closing of discovery, setting of a trial date, or an order from the court to use mediation.  Because about 95% of civil cases settle before trial, mediation is the norm for almost every area of civil ...Read More

Kirsch: Depositions of Comp Carrier Employees After Intervening in Third-Party Actions 04/09/2024
By: Ashton T. Kirsch
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0
Thin skin and subrogation do not go hand-in-hand. We are the crashers at every party and the uninvited guests that nobody wants to see show up when a personal injury suit has been filed. ...Read More

Wilson and Bennett: Could AI Have Prevented the Opioid Crisis in Workers' Comp? 04/08/2024
By: Heather Wilson and Chris Bennett
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0
The U.S. has been experiencing an opioid crisis since the mid-1990s, and opioids have had a significant effect on public health and the nation’s economic and social outcomes. ...Read More

Moore: Pandemic Effect Over in March 2027. Really? 04/05/2024
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0
March 1, 2023, would have been the end of the COVID-19 emergency. I am assuming that California was the last state to remove the emergency. ...Read More

Geaney: A Brief History of Our State's Workers' Compensation Act 04/04/2024
By: John H. Geaney
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 0
For those who do not like workers’ compensation, blame Otto von Bismarck.  ...Read More

Kamin and Larres: Significant Panel Decision Clarifies Recon Confusion 04/03/2024
By: John P. Kamin and Louis A. Larres
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 0
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s 60-day deadline to act on timely petitions for reconsideration is tolled when an administrative error thwarts the deadline, according to a new significant panel decision. ...Read More

Gelman: Exposed to 'Forever Chemicals' 04/02/2024
By: Jon L. Gelman
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 0
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as "forever chemicals," are a growing concern in the workplace. ...Read More
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