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Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division Updates

Handicapped-accessible housing as a "physical aid" under 39-A M.R.S. § 206(8) - In Chapman v. VIP, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-9 (March 10, 2014), at issue was the payment of rent premium due to an asserted need for...more

Representing Yourself at Hearings on Your Nevada Comp Claim

For those people who want or who must represent themselves at the first level of hearings, you need to read the Rules of Practice. These are the rules that the hearing officers expect attorneys and hearing advocates to know...more

Court of Appeals Reverses Commission’s Order that Claimant did not have Radiculopathy

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the hearing commissioner, and appellate panel, and concluded that an injury to a claimant caused radiculopathy (contrary to the Commission’s finding), and therefore claimant could pursue a...more

California Supreme Court To Consider Causation in Workers Comp for Medication-Related Injuries

In Wednesday’s conference, the California Supreme Court agreed to review South Coast Framing v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, an unpublished decision from Division One of the Fourth District. South Coast Framing poses...more

Commissioners’ Top 10: Inside tips about hearings

At the SCWCEA 35th Annual Medical Seminar, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commissioners had an opportunity to share their top ten hearing requests and tips with attendees. Here are a few that may be of use to...more

Sports Law - Feb 25, 2014: Losing Streak: Athletes Seeking Workers’ Comp. In California Suffer Setbacks

Professional athletes seeking to take advantage of California’s historically beneficial workers’ compensation scheme suffered back-to-back defeats to close out 2013. Even as public attention to the long-term effects of...more

Pennsylvania Effectively Eliminates Workers’ Compensation Act as Source of Protection for Employers from Suits Arising Out of...

On January 29, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied defendants’ Petition for Reargument of the Court’s November 22, 2013, ruling in Tooey v. AK Steel Corp. et al. The ruling held that the Pennsylvania Workers’...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of December 23

AC34963 - Compassionate Care, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. - The plaintiff was in the business of maintaining a list of nurses it referred out, as needed, to hospitals and nursing homes. It did background checks on...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Temporarily Relocated Union Pipefitter Not Entitled to Workers' Comp

This morning, a six-justice majority of the Illinois Supreme Court has reversed the Fourth District of the Appellate Court, holding in The Venture-Newberg-Perini, Stone & Webster v. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Changes Labor Market Survey Rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly change the ability of an employer to modify or suspend Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation benefits based on a Labor Market Survey. In...more

PA Supreme Court Allows Certain Mesothelioma Claimants to Sue Their Employer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a ground-breaking decision that could potentially expose employers to a wave of new lawsuits by former employees suffering from mesothelioma. In its November 22, 2013 opinion in...more

New York’s Highest Court Reverses Itself on Prior Damages-Limiting Decision

In the first Maria Auqui v. Seven Thirty One Limited Partnership et al. (Auqui) decision earlier this year (February 14, 2013), the Court of Appeals held that when a Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) decision sets forth the...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules on Workers’ Compensation Act Case

Court finds in Tooey that Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar latent occupational disease lawsuits against employers. On November 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Tooey et al. v. AK Steel Corp. et...more

Is It Too Late to File?

The law imposes deadlines for filing claims for workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury lawsuits. In fact, your workers’ compensation claims may be denied if you do not notify your employer within 120 days of your...more

Something Borrowed, Something New, But IIGF Still Can’t Collect From Borrowing Employer’s Workers’ Comp Carrier

In Illinois Ins. Guaranty Fund v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 2013 IL App (1st) 123345 (Nov. 12, 2013) the Illinois First District appellate court held that a borrowing employer’s workers’ compensation carrier is not required to...more

Arbitration Agreement Awarding Fees To Prevailing Party In FLSA Case Held Not Enforceable By Florida’s Second DCA

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal recently held that an arbitration agreement was unenforceable in the context of a claim brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when the agreement provides for an...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Guaranty Fund's Indemnity Payments Not Limited By Statutory Cap

In Illinois (as in every other state), when an insurance company becomes insolvent and an order of liquidation is entered, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund steps in and pays claims that the insolvent carrier could not...more

The Further Adventures Of The Fifth Circuit And The LHWCA Jurisdiction Test

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in BPU Management, Inc. v DOWCP (Donald Morgan) again addressed jurisdictional coverage under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’...more

Indiana Court Clarifies Rights of Volunteer to Bring Claim Outside of Worker’s Compensation & Reach of Equine Activity Statute

This week we examine the issues of whether a volunteer who accepts medical benefits under a worker's compensation policy is bound to the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act for exclusive recovery. We also examine the Indiana...more

No Federal RICO Option for Failed State Worker’s Compensation Claims

Plaintiffs who failed in their state worker’s compensation claim cannot sue their employers and their medical experts under federal civil racketeering laws, the en banc 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled....more

Case Comment: Penner v. Niagara (Regional Police Services Board), 2013 SCC 19: Did the SCC Flip Flop on Finality?

Can issues that have already been determined by an administrative tribunal in one forum be revisited in another forum? In its earlier decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Figliola, the S.C.C....more

New Twists On Florida’s ‘Tipsy Coachman’ Doctrine

A recent Florida appellate decision examines some new twists on Florida’s “tipsy coachman” doctrine. Before we discuss the new decision, though, it may be useful to discuss what the tipsy coachman doctrine is and where it...more

The Fifth Circuit Decides Not To Decide Whether Nonsubscriber Cases May Be Removed

Unfortunately, the Fifth Circuit decided on August 14, 2013 in Ernewayn v. Home Depot that it lacked appellate jurisdiction to entertain Home Depot’s appeal of a remand order. The Fifth Circuit did not hold (as has been...more

Illinois Supreme Court Extends Mailbox Rule to Judicial Review of Workers' Comp Commission

Last week, in a case which had attracted nationwide interest in the workers' compensation bar, a divided Illinois Supreme Court extended the mailbox rule to the process of initiating judicial review of decisions of the...more

Fifth Circuit Narrows “Adjoining Area” Definition In LHWCA Jurisdiction Test

On April 29, 2013, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion for the en banc Court in New Orleans Depot Services, Inc. v. Director OWCP, 718 F.3d 384 (5th Cir. 2013) that effectively reformulated the 1972 situs jurisdictional...more

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