Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (12/29/2011) – What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas, Including Jail Time For Stupid Insurance Fraud

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: October to December 2011

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Leo Moulton v. J.P. Carrera, Inc. , Opinion No. 30-11WC (Oct. 11, 2011). Claimant succeeds in claim for both medical benefits and PTD benefits. Claimant's medical and vocational experts found more persuasive. "I conclude that Mr. LeRoy's analysis of Claimant's...

Idiopathic Seizures in a Post-SB 899 World: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/13/2012)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. FEATURED CASE: IDIOPATHIC SEIZURES IN A POST-SB 899 WORLD Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete summary. Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant, PSI, administered by Acclamation...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/19/2012) – Disc Jockey Faces the Music for Workers' Compensation Fraud

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Probation Dept. Counselor Stumbles on Way to Break Up Classroom Fight Between Juvenile Detainees: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/26/2012)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes. County of Kern/Kern County Probation Department, PSI, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Gregory Dollar...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/9/2012) – Former Pro Golfer May Putt in Prison for Operating Fake Insurance Company

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/23/2012) – New Orleans Attorney Decides to Punt, Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Pro Football and Hockey Clients

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Leave of Absence Benefits Did Not Constitute Temporary Disability Indemnity for Purposes of Temporary Disability Cap: Cal. Comp. Cases March Advanced Postings (2/29/2012)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the March 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of San Rafael, PSI, adjusted by Redwood Empire Municipal...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: After 2010 Oklahoma Statutory Amendment, “Substantially Certain” Doctrine No Longer May Be Utilized to Establish Intentional Tort Claim Against Employer

Larson's Spotlight on Intentional Tort, Increased Risk Doctrine, Job Termination, and Independent Contractor. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list...

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2013 work...

California: Court Upholds W.C.A.B. Ruling Excluding Medical Legal TD From Labor Code § 4656 Window

The 3rd Appellate District has resolved a one of the issues that has been frequently discussed but almost never raised (at least in my experience) regarding payment of TTD during the period between 4/19/2004 and 12/31/2007 when the first payment of TD triggered a 2 year window for payment of TTD benefits...

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law Changes 2012

By Denis Paul Juge, Esq., Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli, Frieman & Whiteley, djuge@wcdefense.com The following is a summary of the 2012 legislative amendments to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. The major law changes were at the urging of the business community. The OWC also sponsored...

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law Changes 2012

By Denis Paul Juge, Esq., Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli, Frieman & Whiteley, djuge@wcdefense.com The following is a summary of the 2012 legislative amendments to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. The major law changes were at the urging of the business community. The OWC also sponsored...

West Virginia Supreme Court Applies Special Employer Rule to Find Temporary Employer Immune From Common Law Suits

By H. Dill Battle, III The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently decided that a second employer can be considered a “special employer” giving rise to special employment status for workers’ compensation immunity purposes. The specific issue of whether a temporary employer...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/19/2012) – Movin’ On Good Buddy: Disabled Truck Driver Crosses State Line To Keep On Trucking

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/26/2012) – School Custodian Sells Houses While On Disability

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/30/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Matthew Bender Celebrates 125 Years of Trusted Analytical Content: Save 25% Thru 7/31/12 . NCCI Posts...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/2/2012) – Arrests Made In “Operation Dirty Money” Check Cashing Scheme

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: July to September 2012

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Westover v North Country Hospital , Opinion No. 19-12WC (July 20, 2012). Claimant found to have CRPS, therefore not at medical end result. Defendant's IME opinions undercut in part due to lack of review of complete medical record. Furthermore, Defendant "waived...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: No Waiver of Benefits by Quitting Job That Offered Light Duty Work

Larson's Spotlight on Waiver of Benefits, Intervention, Psychiatric Claim, and Borrowed Employee. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below. ...

Slight Increase in California Average Wage Means a Minor Bump in 2014 Workers’ Comp Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose less than 1 percent from $1,059.38 to $1,067.25 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2013, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) reports will boost temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2014 work injury claims, as...

Ohio: Employee Barred From Additional Benefits When She Walks Away from Light-Duty Position

The Supreme Court of Ohio affirmed a decision by the state’s Court of Appeals that held that an injured employee was disqualified from receiving additional temporary total disability benefits because she had abandoned her employment where, following her injury, the employee began working in a light...

New Mexico: No Statutory Limitation on Duration of Temporary Total Disability Benefits

Reversing a decision of the state’s Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of New Mexico held that an injured employee’s eligibility for TTD benefits is not limited to 500 or 700 weeks—depending upon the severity of the disability—as is the case for permanent partial disability benefits...

Ohio: Violation of Attendance Rule Amounts to Abandonment of Employment; No TTD Benefits

The Supreme Court of Ohio, affirming a decision of a lower appellate court, held that a claimant’s termination from employment for violating the written attendance policy in her union contract was evidence of voluntary abandonment of her employment that justified the Industrial Commission’s...

Alaska: TTD Benefits Denied Where Claimant Voluntarily Left Workforce

The Supreme Court of Alaska affirmed in relevant part a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that had denied TTD benefits to a claimant on the basis that the claimant voluntarily quit his position and left the workforce for reasons unrelated to his original injury. The...