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Maine WC Board Appellate Division Rules on § 312 Medical Findings

In Dunn-Morrell v. Viking Motors, Mr. WCB App. Div. 17-17 (April 19, 2017), the Employee was granted protection of the Act in 2007 for a May 8, 2003, low back and right shoulder injury. She was awarded ongoing total...more

WC Board Appellate Division Revisits Refusal of Suitable Work in the Context of Ongoing Employment

In Shaw v. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Me. WCB App. Div. 17-14 (March 22, 2017), Shaw appealed from a decision granting her Petition for Award, awarding total incapacity benefits for two closed-end periods, but...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Board Revises Fee Schedule

The Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A. Section 209-A for...more

12/22/2016  /  Fees , Workers Compensation Board

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Addresses Distinction Between Employees Covered Under the Act and Volunteers

In Huff v. Regional Transportation Program the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division affirmed a decision finding that an individual was not an employee but, rather, a volunteer. The individual was a driver for a...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Rulings Update

Maine Appellate Division Affirms Award for Injury Resulting from Employer-Provided Hepatitis B Vaccination - In Torrey v. Island Nursing Home, Me. WCB App. Div. No. 16-34 (October 28, 2016) the Appellate Division...more

Maine WC Alert: WC Board Appellate Division Rules on Medical Marijuana Reimbursement

The Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division recently issued decisions in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB App. Div. No. 16-26 (August 23, 2016) and Noll v. Lepage Bakeries, Inc., WCB App. Div. No. 16-25...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division Rules on Application of Rule 1.1

In Nickerson v. Paul’s Marina, App. Div. Dec. No. 16-17, the employee was struck in the head with a beam on May 4, 2010. He reported the injury to a representative of the employer on May 7, 2010. Paul’s Marina contacted its...more

Maine Supreme Court Rules on Maximum Benefits Payable in the Context of More Than One Injury

In Freeman v. NewPage Corporation, 2016 ME 45 (March 31, 2016) the Law Court affirmed an ALJ’s decision that an employee could not be awarded benefits over the maximum compensation rate even if the employee has suffered more...more

Maine WC Board Rules on Apportionment in Context of Gradual Injury

In City of Portland v. Moses, WCB App. Div. 16-4 (February 22, 2016) the employee, a firefighter and EMT, alleged a gradual work injury from exposure to traumatic events in the course of employment. From 2002 until 2010 he...more

Maine WC Board Appellate Division Addresses Several Cases Dealing with the Application of the “Retirement Presumption”

Under the “retirement presumption” (Section 223 of the Act), an employee who terminates active employment and is receiving nondisability pension or retirement benefits is presumed not to have a loss of earnings as the result...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Rules on Compensability of Medical Marijuana; Appellate Division to Ultimately Rule on the Issue...

In December 2015 the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division heard oral argument in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB No. 89-01-36-55 (March 16, 2015), a case in which the ALJ found the cost of medical...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division to Rule on Compensability of Medical Marijuana

In December 2015 the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division will hear oral argument in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB No. 89-01-36-55 (March 16, 2015), a case in which the WCB found the cost of medical...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: Maine WCB Appellate Board Rules Vocational Rehabilitation Presumption is Rebuttable

In Axelsen v. Interstate Brands Corp., App. Div. Dec. No. 15-27 (October 22, 2015) the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division found the presumption in section 217 of the Workers’ Compensation Act is rebuttable....more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: Board Revises Fee Schedule and Changes Reimbursement Rules

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has published a new Medical Fee Rule and made revisions to rules regarding reimbursement and expense payments, effective October 1, 2015. The following are some key changes...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: Appellate Division Rules on Compensability of Home Renovations

Section 206 of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act provides: “An employee sustaining a personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment . . . is entitled to reasonable and proper medical, surgical and hospital...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses Employee Misclassification and Workers’ Compensation Coverage Requirements

In WCB Abuse Investigation Unit v. Nate Holyoke Builders, Inc., 2015 ME 99 (August 4, 2015), a construction company obtained predeterminations of independent contractor status from the WCB for workers classified as...more

2015 Maine Workers’ Compensation Legislation Update

Recent legislation passed amends provisions of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act. The legislation: ..Allows wages on wage statements to be reported in the same manner as wages were paid; ..Changes the title of...more

Maine Workers’ Compensation Alert: New Cost of Living Adjustment Effective July 1, 2015

An injured employee is entitled to an adjustment in the weekly compensation rate under certain circumstances. This is called a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Many of these adjustments occur on July 1, 2015....more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Supreme Court Rules on Application of § 327 Presumption

In Estate of Sullwold v. The Salvation Army, 2015 ME 4 (January 22, 2015), a high-level Salvation Army employee with a history of cardiovascular issues was found dead after a heart attack with his smart phone next to him and...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Workers' Compensation Appellate Division Holds that in a Claim to Death Benefits, Dependency...

In Foley v. Thermal Engineering International, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. Decision No. 15-2 (January 13, 2015), the Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division held that, in a claim to death benefits, dependency status is...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Hearing Officer's Decision to Suspend Workers' Compensation Benefits to...

In Johnson v. Home Depot USA, Inc., 2014 ME 140 (December 11, 2014), the Law Court held that deference will be afforded to Workers' Compensation Board Hearing Officers to fashion appropriate remedies in unique...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: CMS Guidelines Amended to Accept WCB Settlement Determination of MSA Amount After Hearing on...

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) update to its Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Arrangement Reference Guide provides authority by which CMS will now recognize and defer to a Workers'...more

Workers' Compensation Alert: WC Board Appellate Division Update

In Bolstridge v. AGM Marine Contractors, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-14, the Appellate Division overturned a WCB decision which had found the WCB had personal jurisdiction over AGM Marine, a Massachusetts corporation....more

Workers' Compensation Alert: Predetermination/Misclassification in the Construction Industry

In Nate Holyoke Builders, Inc. et al. v. WCB AIU, WCB App. Div. No. 14-11 (April 24, 2014), the employer appealed a decision imposing a $30,000 penalty for misclassification of nine employees as independent contractors. The...more

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