North Carolina: Attorney’s Fees in 3rd Party Actions Limited to One-Third of Injured Employee’s Recovery

While the North Carolina Industrial Commission does not have jurisdiction to determine the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in third-party negligence cases involving the rights of an injured worker vis-à-vis the subrogation interests of the employer or carrier, those fees are, nevertheless...

Texas: State Supreme Court Answers Complex Question as to Credit Allowed to Carrier in Third Party Action with Multiple Beneficiaries

Under Texas law, consistent with that in the large majority of states, a workers’ compensation carrier has a subrogation interest in a third-party civil action to the extent of its prior payments for benefits and to treat the amount recovered as an advance against the carrier’s future payment...

Wisconsin: Trial Court Can Compel Injured Employee to Accept Settlement of Third-Party Civil Action

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed a decision compelling a plaintiff/injured employee to accept a settlement offered in a third-party civil action he had filed against an alleged tortfeasor. The employee, who worked for the Village of Fontana, had filed a civil action against Northland Equipment...

Delaware: Affiliation Between Insurance Companies Is Insufficient to Block Insurer’s Right to Join in Third-Party Action

A Delaware court has allowed the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to intervene in a personal injury action filed by an injured employee against the firm that provided janitorial services to the employer, finding that the insurer has a subrogation interest in any recovery by the injured...

Massachusetts: Insurer’s Lien Does Not Reach Injured Worker’s Damages for Pain and Suffering in Third-Party Action

Relying upon an earlier decision [(Curry v. Great Am. Ins. Co., 80 Mass. App. Ct. 592 (2011)], a Massachusetts appellate court held that the workers’ compensation insurer’s lien under G. L. c. 152, § 15, does not reach the damages for pain and suffering recovered by the injured worker...