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Workplace Injury Appeals

Timing is Everything: Tenth Circuit Overturns Insurer’s Disability Decision as Arbitrary and Capricious

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even when a claims administrator approves a claim for disability benefits, its job is not done. That principle was again demonstrated in the recent case Owings v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 16-3128 (10th Cir....more

New Legislation Provides for Right to Benefits to Employees Participating in Vocational Rehabilitation, Limited Exceptions for...

by PretiFlaherty on

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Act provides, “[w]hen as a result of injury the employee is unable to perform work for which the employee has previous training or experience, the employee is entitled to such employment...more

Appellate Division Revisits Retirement Presumption in Various Contexts

by PretiFlaherty on

Under the “retirement presumption” (§ 223 of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act), an employee who terminates active employment and is receiving nondisability pension or retirement benefits is presumed not to have a loss of...more

Injured Workers in Ohio Must Obtain Employer Consent Before Dismissing the Complaint on Employer Initiated Court Appeals

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Ohio Supreme Court recently held an injured worker, in a workers’ compensation appeal, cannot dismiss the R.C. 4123.512 court appeal if: (1) it was the employer’s appeal; and (2) the employer does not consent to the...more

Employee or independent contractor? Right to control is key

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment...more

Insurance Coverage – Analysis of Professional Liability Exclusion

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Energy Insurance Mutual Limited v. ACE American Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, First District (July 11, 2017) - This case involves an insurance coverage dispute arising from an explosion that occurred when an...more

Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies What Is and What Is Not Appealable to the Court of Common Pleas in Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Confusion on what is and what is not appealable to the Court of Common Pleas has existed for decades. Determining what is and is not appealable to the Court of Common Pleas in workers’ compensation claims became a little...more

How Utah evaluates a worker’s entitlement to PTD benefits

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Have you ever thought about how the word “limit” de­fines our perceptions of and interactions with the world around us? The concept of a “limit” engenders thoughts of a bound­ary, an edge, or an end. When we say something is...more

Successful appeal against health and safety fine in the Court of Appeal

by Dentons on

Tata Steel UK recently secured a significant reduction of a health and safety fine by appealing the fine to the Court of Appeal. It is understood to be the first successful appeal by a large company of a Crown Court judge's...more

Internal Investigations and Privilege: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The documents and records of an internal investigation into a workplace accident may be privileged notwithstanding a statutory obligation to carry out an investigation and prepare a report, the Alberta Court of Appeal...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision in Protz Marks Major Change in Workers’ Compensation Law

Prior to June 20, 2017, a powerful tool was available to employers and workers’ compensation carriers to cap exposure on long term workers’ compensation claims. That tool, provided by the Act 44 amendments in 1996, was...more

Maine WC Board Appellate Division Rules on § 312 Medical Findings

by PretiFlaherty on

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

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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...

by Lane Powell PC on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Dentons on

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

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

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

by Dentons on

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

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