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Maine WC Board Appellate Division Rules on § 312 Medical Findings

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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

Contractor May Receive Indemnity Despite Alleged Active Negligence or Willful Misconduct

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Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 10 Cal.App.5th 355 (March 30, 2017) - Civil Code § 2782.05 renders an indemnity provision in a contract void and...more

Doctors Determine Parsons: Failure to Overcome the Parsons Presumption

Bell v. Goodyear - The Bell decision is guided by the Parsons presumption, (Parsons v. The Pantry, Inc., 485 S.E.2d 867 (1997)) which holds that when additional medical treatment for a compensable injury is required, a...more

Employers Beware: Indiana Supreme Court Expands the Scope of the “Duty of Care” Owed to a Subcontractor’s Employees

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In light of a recent decision from the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana employers—and construction companies in particular—should review their contracts and subcontracts to determine if they have unwittingly assumed a duty of...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

The Heavy Burden of Light Duty in California: Court Assesses Multi-Million Dollar Disability Award

Many employers offer light duty programs to employees who are temporarily disabled. Reasonable accommodation obligations imposed by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may come into play when administering...more

Washington Court Finds Port District Liable for Worker’s Severe Injuries at Airport and Rejects Federal Aviation Preemption...

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The Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed a $40 million verdict in favor of a worker seriously injured at SeaTac International Airport while performing ground services for a contractor on the airplane ramp. The...more

Appeal Court Revives Class Action against the WSIB

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has revived a proposed class action brought by the appellant, Pietro Castrillo, on behalf of a class of injured workers whom he alleges have been wrongfully denied the full extent of benefits to...more

All About the Experts: Rebutting the Parsons Presumption

The Thornton decision is guided by the Parsons presumption, which holds that when additional medical treatment for a compensable injury is required, a rebuttable presumption arises in favor of the claimant that the treatment...more

Is compliance with industry standards enough to establish due diligence? Alberta Court of Appeal set to consider this issue

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We recently wrote about the decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Canada Ltd., where the Appeal Judge set aside the trial verdicts and ordered a new trial in a workplace fatality case. The Crown sought leave to appeal that...more

Injured worker’s claim lacked the “something more” needed to establish personal liability against employer’s directors

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The Alberta Court of Appeal has confirmed that in order for a director of a corporate employer to be found personally liable for damages sustained by one of the corporation’s workers in a workplace accident, there must be...more

Refusal to Submit to Drug Testing Requires Evidence of Intent, in Kansas Workers’ Compensation Case

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An appellate court in Kansas ruled that an insufficient urine specimen, without evidence of intent to thwart the drug test, is not a refusal to submit to a test for purposes of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Byers v. Acme...more

Trial judge’s misapprehension of the evidence results in new trial for workplace fatality

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We previously posted about the trial decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Ltd., 2015 ABPC 115 (CanLII), where the court found the employer guilty of two charges arising from a workplace fatality at a drilling rig. The...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Groundbreaking Precedent, Reverses FRSA Retaliation Judgment

On October 31, 2016, a $1 million dollar judgment against BNSF Railway Co. evaporated when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit set groundbreaking precedent under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) and...more

California Appellate Court Takes Equitable Subrogation to the Excess

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In California, where a primary insurer is found to have unreasonably failed to settle within its policy limits, and a judgment is later entered against their insured in excess of those limits, the primary carrier can be...more

Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Carriers May Pursue Justice

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Workers’ compensation statutes impose liability without fault on the employers of men and women who are injured on the job. They also permit employers to recoup the costs they incur from any third parties who actually caused...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19516 - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America...more

Eighth Circuit Opinions Highlight Need to Apply Appellate Lens at Trial Court

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We often quip that the best way to establish a winning record as an appellate lawyer is to represent the party that won below; that’s no joke. In nearly every appellate court— state or federal— appellants have an uphill...more

Premises Liability

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Victor M. Regalado v. Jeffrey M. Callaghan - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 22, 2016) - Generally, when employees of independent contractors are injured in the workplace, they cannot sue the...more

Supervisor’s OHSA conviction upheld on appeal: prosecutor not required to prove what “hazard” caused concrete worker’s death

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A supervisor’s Occupational Health and Safety Act conviction of failing to sufficiently and competently supervise work has been upheld on appeal, after a concrete worker died. The supervisor operated and managed a...more

OHSA conviction, $48,000 fine upheld on appeal: “blocking” of machine required physical block

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An Ontario Appeal judge has upheld an employer’s conviction under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failure to “block” a machine, after the trial justice held that “blocking” required a physical block, not simply...more

OCSLA Coverage for Land Injuries Has Limits

James Baker, Jr. v. Director, OWCP; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, LLC, U.S. Fifth Circuit No. 15-60634 (August 19, 2016). In this case the Court of Appeals affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) determination that...more

Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

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The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion which reminds us to take another look at the “boilerplate” indemnity provisions in commercial leases. In Morlin Asset Management LP v. Murachanian (B259800), a...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

Franchisor to Be Considered Statutory Employer? PA Supreme Court to Decide

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The far-reaching implications of this decision could change the existing franchise business model. Is a franchisor a statutory employer of its franchisee’s employees? The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board thinks so,...more

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