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2010 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Issues From a National Perspective

As I gaze back over this rapidly closing year and try to describe the dominant issues that have engaged those of us within the workers' compensation arena, I am mindful of the story of the three blind men who were asked to describe an elephant. Their eyes useless to them, they all awkwardly gathered...

New Jersey Court Affirms Death Benefits Award for Pulmonary Embolism Caused by Unusual Level of Inactivity

Introduction When my mentor, Arthur Larson, finished the first edition of his oft-cited treatise on workers' compensation law nearly sixty years ago, the "typical" American worker spent his or her work day in a factory, mill, or on a construction site. Much has changed. The Larson "Treatise"...

Thomas A. Robinson on 2011 Year in Review: Top 10 Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law

In this LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis article, Thomas A. Robinson analyzes the top 10 workers’ compensation events for 2011, with an eye to the hot button issues for 2012. > You can purchase the article at the LexisNexis Bookstore . > Lexis.com subscribers can access the complete...

The New Mobile Workforce: Telecommuters, Alternate Worksites, Traveling Employees, and "Extreme Mobile"

At the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference ®, Nov. 7-9, Stuart D. Colburn of Downs Stanford will speak and moderate on The New Mobile Workforce. The new mobile workforce – from telecommuters to alternate worksites to traveling employees – raises...

Has the Going and Coming Rule Become Outdated?

A well-known personal injury attorney once said, “If I have to explain away more than three concerns in my own mind when deciding to take a case, then it is probably not a case I want to take”. Another way of saying this would be, when there are three exceptions to a rule, maybe the reliability...

Thomas A. Robinson on Top Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law for 2013

Things appear to be “pumping” in the world of workers’ compensation. Legislatures are gathering. Proponents of “reform”—whatever that is—are huddled together, planning their strategies. Pointing to the activities in Oklahoma (discussed below), in Florida, and...