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In Search of a Dirt Devil: Delaware IAB Rejects Course & Scope Defenses
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

Today's post is a salute to my lack of ego. Yep, I am going to break my own rule and post about one of my cases....and take it a step further and tell y'all about a case I recently lost to Matt Bartkowski of Kimmel, Carter, Roman & Peltz.... Read More

Paintballing, Wrestling and a Head-Banging Good Time: Another Commentary on Horseplay in Delaware
Posted on 27 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

We had so much fun talking about that Australian Hotel Sex Romp case and as such, this post will continue to let the good times roll. The happenings in Australia have been impactful on the local front as they have promoted discussion of our own laws on... Read More

Missouri: Golf Ball Ends Sheriff’s Career
Posted on 6 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

While playing golf at a charity event, a stray golf ball struck claimant in the forehead. His employer terminated him about 6 months later. Claimant states he was disabled due to problems with tinnitus, poor balance, memory loss, severe and frequent headaches... Read More

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

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'... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Worker’s Alcohol Consumption and Nap Defeat Claim for Fall Into Elevator Shaft
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Course of Employment, Jurisdiction, Heart Attack, and Refusal of Medical Treatment. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (11/25/2011) – Climbing Over Guardrail and Jumping or Falling 60 Feet Was Not Within Course of Employment
Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Statute of Limitations, Structured Settlements, Special Errand, Unexplained Fall, and LHWCA Maximum Weekly Rate. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer... Read More

MO: Supreme Court to Address "Equal Exposure" Defense
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 by Martin Klug

When is an accident not compensable because an injured worker was equally exposed to the hazard or risk outside of and unrelated to the employment? The issue will now go to the Missouri Supreme Court, based on a recent transfer by the Eastern District... Read More

"Blunder Down Under" – An Interview With Cassandra Roberts On the Australian Rough Sex In A Hotel Workers’ Compensation Claim
Posted on 26 Jun 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Cassandra Roberts of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP discusses an Australian workers' comp case involving injury to a government worker attending a conference (referred to the Australian rough sex case), the view of course and scope in Australia... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Court Adopts “Larson” Test for Willful Disobedience of Safety Rules
Posted on 18 May 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Willful Misconduct, Intoxication, Agility Test, and Cross-Examination of Physician. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

Missouri: Supreme Court Reverses Comp Benefits From Making Coffee
Posted on 31 May 2012 by Martin Klug

Claimant was injured in an office kitchen after making coffee and fell when she turned to put coffee grounds into the trash eventually resulting in surgery to her hip and pelvis. The Supreme Court in Johme v St. John's Mercy Healthcare, No. SC 92113... Read More

MO: “Special Errand” Costs Employer in Cross-Over Accident
Posted on 16 Nov 2011 by Martin Klug

An employee acts in the course of her employment during an accident when she commutes on a regular route on a regular work day under a "special errand" exception to the going and coming rule. Defendant drove across a slick road in Cass County... Read More

California: Causation of Injury v. Causation of Disability
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below . The issue of causation has been a central theme in many recent cases. However, given that there are two types of legal causation in the world of workers’ compensation, it’s easy for... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: North Dakota Refuses to Adopt Positional Risk Doctrine
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Positional Risk Doctrine, Medical Evidence, Total Permanent Disability, and Deviation From Employment. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's... Read More

The Company Outing: Course of Employment Issues
Posted on 18 May 2012 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes annual company picnics, baseball games, parties and the like. These types of events raise a host of workers’ comp issues for employers. For example, last week my manager took our entire team... Read More

A Roll In the Hay: Delaware’s Horseplay Defense and Australia’s Sex Romp Case Revisited
Posted on 25 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

My post of 4/23/12, "Kangaroo Court: How Would Delaware Handle the Australian Hotel Sex Romp Case?" prompted a rare follow-up comment from Chief Hearing Officer Chris Baum that I cannot get out of my head. Thus, I am back again with the case... Read More