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Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

A Seemingly Important Win for Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carriers and Employers

by Ruder Ware on

On its face the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Flug v. LIRC, 2017 WI 72 (decided on June 30, 2017), is a clear, important win for the employer side in common injuries that involve pre-existing degenerative...more

Court Orders Retreat From Workers’ Compensation Apportionment To Non-industrial Causes

Workers’ compensation litigation often is driven by disagreement over the apportionment of permanent disability. A vast body of case law exists reflecting the courts’ efforts to resolve conflicts between the provisions of the...more

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation...more

Maine WC Appellate Division Places Burden on Employee to Prove Unavailability of Generic Prescription Drugs

by PretiFlaherty on

In Belanger v. Miles Memorial Hospital, Me. WCB App. Div. No. 17-23 (May 25, 2017), Miles Memorial Hospital appealed from a decision of an ALJ granting, among other things, an employee’s Petition for Payment of Medical and...more

Power to Calculate A Lien: What Court Has Jurisdiction to Determine a Subrogation Lien?

In Murray v. Moody, 797 S.E.2d 365 (N.C. Ct. App. 2017), a Wilson County Superior Court entered an “Amended Final Judgment” expressly provided judgment for a lien on damages that a jury awarded in a civil suit in favor of the...more

Louisiana Court Holds Employer Responsible for Failing to Protect Employee From Off-Duty Threat of Violence by Coworker

A Louisiana appellate court has ruled an employee may sue her employer for negligence for injuries sustained on the job when the injuries resulted from a dispute that began outside of work. The case is particularly...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

Putative Class Action Involving A Patented Reinsurance Arrangement For Workers’ Compensation Coverage Largely Survives Dismissal

by Carlton Fields on

The case is pending in a federal district court in New York, and involves three allegedly interconnected contracts purportedly “designed to circumvent [state] insurance laws,” including the laws of New York. ...more

Workers’ Comp Board Appellate Division Addresses Various Issues Relative to Occupational Disease Cases

by PretiFlaherty on

The widow and estate of the decedent appealed a decision denying a Petition to Order Payment under Rule 1.1 in an occupational disease case. Rule 1.1 requires that, within 14 days of notice or knowledge of a claim to...more

When Does Permissible Communication Become Impermissible Information In AME Contacts?

On January 23, 2017, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued its first en banc decision since April 2016. In Bradley Maxham v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, ADJ3540065, the Board clarifies...more

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs into Law Presumption for Cancer Incurred During Work Activities

by Roetzel & Andress on

On January 4, 2017, Governor John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr., Act (The Act) into law, which provides a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who is disabled due to certain cancers, contracted the same,...more

All Play and No Work: TN Body Clarifies When Recreational Activities Are Covered Under Worker’s Comp Law

Since the early 1930s, the Tennessee Supreme Court has consistently ruled that an employee’s injury during voluntary recreational activity is not compensable as a work-related accident. However, Tennessee Code Annotated §...more

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Use a Third Party Claim as Leverage to Get Your Workers’ Compensation Claim CLINCHERED

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

If an employee was injured in the course and scope of employment because of a third party, the employer/carrier has a lien against proceeds the employee receives from the third party. For example, if your employee was driving...more

CT Supreme Court Permits a Workers' Compensation Insurer to Sue Third Parties for Reimbursement

by Murtha Cullina on

In a decision to be officially released on September 27, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court holds that a workers’ compensation insurer can maintain an equitable subrogation claim against third-party tortfeasors to recover...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Workers Compensation Exclusivity

Workers compensation has been described as a bargain in which an employee who has suffered a workplace injury relinquishes potentially large common-law tort damages in exchange for relatively quick and certain compensation...more

Where Does a Third Party “Stand” on Liens?

Dion v. William Robert Batten, Sr. (8/2/16) Facts and Procedural History: Plaintiff was employed by Neuwirth as a servicing agent. In the course and scope of his employment with Neuwirth, he was involved in a car...more

Proof of Workplace Injury Not Required for Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claim in Ohio

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Proof of a workplace injury is not required to state a prima facie claim of retaliatory discharge under Ohio’s workers’ compensation statute, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled, resolving a split among the Ohio Courts of...more

Front Pay & Back Pay: How About No Pay?

In Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. v. Amaya, 2016 WL 822020 (Fla. 3d DCA July 13th, 2016), Rudolph Amaya suffered an on-the-job injury to his back and knee while working at Caterpillar’s facility.  Shortly thereafter,...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last year the General Assembly enacted legislation prohibiting all public and private sector employers from disciplining an employee for “discussing the amount of his or her wages [or] inquiring about the wages of another...more

When “Shall” Means “Should” – Court of Appeal Defines IMR Reporting Obligation

In 2004 and 2012 the California Legislature enacted reforms to streamline the medical treatment approval process for workers' compensation claims. The most significant of the 2012 reforms was California Senate Bill 863, which...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Rejects Labor and Industry Review Commission's Worker's Compensation Determination as Unreasonable

by Ruder Ware on

Circuit courts and appellate courts commonly apply “great weight deference” to worker’s compensation benefit determinations made by the Labor and Industry Review Commission (“LIRC”), but not this time. In an unpublished...more

@Work: Your HR and Employment Law Update - June 2016

by Benesch on

With the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 523 on May 25, 2016, Ohio is poised to become the nation’s 25th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Although the proposed state law provides direction for employers, a new OSHA...more

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