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Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

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

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #2

B. There is no vicarious liability for an occupier of land for the negligence of an independent contractor on the basis of agency. Heikkila v. Apex Land Corporation, 2016 ABCA 126 [4191]...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

How Regulations Protect Workers when Handling Explosives

There are over 650,000 chemicals in use within the United States. These chemicals are used to make everything from plastics and furniture, to bedding and food. These chemicals and the production processes they are used in are...more

When Can You Sue After a Workplace Injury?

Millions of people are injured in workplace accidents each year, and many victims experience serious and long-term effects as a result of these injuries. Workplace injuries can result in overwhelming medical debt and a...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

Workers’ Compensation premiums remain high despite lowered costs

In 2011, Illinois passed reforms to workers’ compensation to bring down the costs and it appears to have worked. Rates are down 24 percent, however this has not translated into measurable savings for workers. Workers gave up...more

OSHA Estimates Half of Employers Don’t Report Significant Injuries

Anytime a worker suffers a significant on the job injury or work related illness that results in lost time from work, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, transfer to another job, restricted work or...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

OSHA Injury & Illness Recording of Intoxicated Employee Injury

A recent OSHA Interpretation indicates that a workplace injury an employee sustains when he/she is intoxicated must be recorded on the company’s OSHA Injury and Illness Log. OSHA stated that the exception for recording...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

Workplace Violence: Employer Liability in Virginia and Potential VOSH Penalties

Workplace violence has become a serious issue for employers throughout the United States. In the wake of the recent mass shootings that occurred in San Bernardino, CA and Hesston, KA, both of which occurred at least in part...more

Dempsey v. Bagley, 2016 ABQB 124 - Lessors of Vehicles Still Vulnerable Under Workers Compensation Act

There were two motor vehicle accidents in the summer of 2006. The plaintiffs and the defendants involved in the accidents were employees of Brinks Canada Limited (“Brinks”). The vehicles in question were owned by PHH...more

The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that...more

House Bill 1800 – Ripple Effects on Medical Care for Injured Workers

While it seems the members of our state legislature have been busy doing nothing but arguing about the budget for the past year – one young state rep has proposed a bill that may have a positive effect on employers seeking...more

The Return of “Mental-Mental:” Will Workers Compensation Again Be Extended to Cover Emotional Trauma?

As my partner Mark Sommaruga observed in a recent post, the current term of the General Assembly may consider extending workers compensation coverage to employees who suffer purely emotional trauma, without a causative...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

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective...more

Georgia Supreme Court Interprets the Apportionment Statute in Conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Act

This month, the Georgia Supreme Court further extended the reach of the Georgia law addressing the apportionment of liability in tort cases in the case of Walker, et al. v. Tensor Machinery, et al. The Court had recently...more

Workers’ Compensation Mediation – What Employers Need to Know

The costs of civil litigation, and uncertainties of a jury trial, have turned mediation into its own cottage industry. Now more than ever, parties involved in civil suits will voluntarily agree to mediate the dispute, with...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

On The Road Again: Where Does Jurisdiction Lie for a Traveling Employee's Out of State Work Injury?

For companies that employ traveling employees, such as truck drivers, dealing with work injuries sustained by such employees can be challenging, because predicting which state will have jurisdiction over the employee's injury...more

Illinois Supreme Court Decision Bars Employee from Bringing a Direct Civil Action against Employer for Alleged Asbestos Exposure...

In Folta v. Ferro Engineering, Ill.S.Ct. Docket No. 118070, Nov. 4, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed an Illinois Appellate Court decision and held that a personal injury and subsequent wrongful death suit brought on...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

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