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Average Weekly Wage – Fair and Just?

The Ball v. Bayada Home Health Center, __ N.C. App. ___, (2017), decision is a good reminder that N.C.G.S. § 97-2(5) provides five different methods to calculate average weekly wage, depending on the facts and circumstances...more

Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Leija - Workers’ Compenstation Insurer’s Subrogation Lien on Settlement Proceeds Can Be Reduced by...

An injured worker who accepts workers’ compensation cannot sue his employer. If the worker obtains settlement funds from a third party, the workers’ compensation carrier may obtain a lien on that recovery to the extent of the...more

General Contractors' Workers' Compensation Plan Bars Personal Injury Claims Against Subcontractor

by Jones Day on

On July 13, 2017, Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 2017 WL 2986856, reversed a $43.5 million jury verdict for a superintendent who lost a leg after a crane collapsed at a...more

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

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

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

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

Bill Caravetta Prevails on Defense of Bad Faith Claim, Judge Rules on Motion for Summary Judgment

This was a workers’ compensation/bad faith lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Kenneth Ingram and Wiley Harrison, both truck drivers for M3 Transportation. While transporting Department of Defense cargo for M3 Transport, Plaintiff...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Rulings Update

by PretiFlaherty on

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

Charles Cowing v. Andy Commare

Motion for Discretionary Review by Kentucky Supreme Court

by Robert L. Abell on

The Kentucky Supreme Court is requested to grant discretionary review to resolve two questions of first impression under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act; (1) Whether an individual is a suable person under KRS 344.280? and, (2)...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

Bobbye Carpenter, et al vs. University of Kentucky, Joseph Monroe & Kenneth Clevidence

Brief for Appellees in Kentucky Supreme Court

by Robert L. Abell on

The Brief for Appellees in the Kentucky Supreme Court addresses these issues: (1) individual supervisory liability under the Kentucky Whistleblower Act; (2) sex discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment at the...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

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

Client Alert - FMLA Employer Guide and Workers' Compensation Rate Increase

Helpful FMLA Resource for Employers - The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a new guide for employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) titled The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical...more

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

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

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

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Approves Equitable Contribution Among Co-Insurers And Rejects “Selective Tender Rule”

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently rejected the application of the “Selective Tender Rule” as against Massachusetts law and public policy. On a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...more

Workers' Compensation Update: Recouping Workers' Compensation Costs In A Subsequent Medical Malpractice Case

Suppose an employee with a work-related knee injury needs a total knee replacement. During surgery, however, the popliteal artery is inadvertently severed, leading to a medical malpractice claim against the operating doctor...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend

by Murtha Cullina on

A recent judgment in the United States District Court in Connecticut of over Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($502,402.05) illustrates the difficulties involved in defending retaliation claims. Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc.,...more

9th Circuit Throws Lifebuoy to California Drowning In Workers’ Compensation Liens

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit resuscitated a contentious provision of California’s SB 863. In a unanimous decision on June 29, 2015, the court in Angelotti Chiropractic, Inc. v. Christine Baker, et...more

It’s Time We Finally Do Something About §42-1-580

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

My rule: blogs should be short and to the point, no more than four paragraphs. I have chastised attorneys in my firm who have created blogs that turned into epistles. Well, here is their chance to criticize me, because there...more

Lee v. M&H, Wal-Mart - Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation...

Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation Benefits From General Employer. Plaintiff Lee suffered serious injuries while performing clean-up duties during...more

One work accident; multiple defendants; different substantive laws

by DLA Piper on

The choice of law provisions contained in legislation governing injuries to workers in force across the nation are complex and often difficult to apply. While their purpose is to enable a determination to be made on the...more

Global HR Hot Topic—December 2014: Overseas Business Travel Liability and the Duty of Care in Times of Ebola

by White & Case LLP on

As of late 2014, the United States faced no Ebola pandemic whatsoever. The odds of catching Ebola in an American workplace remained statistically zero. Only a handful of Ebola cases had made their way to the United States,...more

2015 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

by Allen Matkins on

The California Legislature enacted a number of new bills that become effective in 2015. Among the most significant are the following...more

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