Workers' Compensation

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Dan in Real Life…….and the Denial of a Stress Claim in Delaware
Posted on 18 Feb 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

Today I violate my usual rule of "do not blog about thyself." For months I have been telling my opponent Mike Bednash that, for better or worse, this case was headed for the blog. And it's a stress claim-so who doesn't want to read about... Read More

Comfort & Joy, Part II: DE Supreme Court Delivers Gift in Section 2311 Contractor Case
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I heard from Bob Richter, as well as John Ellis, on Thanksgiving Eve, and you have them to thank for today's post. As Bob succinctly offers: Cassandra, The Supreme Court affirmed. I am delighted. Happy Thanksgiving. The issue: For this to make... Read More

The Ultimate Soy Allergy: No Permanency Benefits for Claimant Crushed to Death In Grain Elevator
Posted on 17 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I reported on one of the pre-trial motions in this case in my post of 2/28/12 titled " Body of Evidence ". Interesting case about where an autopsy was performed on the down low in a case involving a catastrophic and posthumous claim for permanent... Read More

The Hurricane Sandy Post…..and a Displaced Worker In Delaware
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

When I was little, they called me "Sandy" for a period of time. A select few, who thought it was "cute." By the time I was nine, my assertive, aggressive qualities kicked in, and I would have none of it, this "Sandy" business... Read More

Happy Birthday, Cruiser T…..and a Premises Rule Decision In DE That’s a Gift for Claimants Everywhere
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Today is Cruiser T's first birthday. You may recall that little Cruiser is the younger of my two rescue cats.....his older sister being the infamous Nutella Grace. I think I am going to bring home a vanilla ice cream cake and let Cruiser have at it... Read More

The Dearly Deported Finally Depart: DE Supreme Court Affirms on Issue of Illegal Aliens
Posted on 6 Feb 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

Folks, I will make this brief. If you want more detail check my posts of 2/9/12 and 10/25/12 regarding what happens when an illegal alien is deported and is thus not available for a ("DME"). The IAB as well as the Superior Court rejected the... Read More

A Little “Unhandsome Dealing” in Delaware: Superior Court Reverses IAB Award Based on Discovery Issue
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

First of all, here is a picture of my cat trying to drink out of a "to-go" cup. While this has nothing to do with anything relating to today's post, I am proud of Nutella Grace and rightfully so. She is one clever kitty .............. ... Read More

They’ve Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot….a Delaware Primer on the Premises Rule
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Three beautiful children.....Ben, Allison and Chase. They belong to my partner Tim Lengkeek. Tim and his wife Michele make pretty kids. Tim makes even prettier law.....be it in work comp or otherwise. Today's post is a gift for all the neophyte... Read More

Body of Evidence: Delaware IAB Rules on Motion to Exclude Findings Gleaned From Covert Autopsy
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

There has been some ongoing litigation, not yet in front of the Board for a merits hearing, on the issue of whether, if someone's death is instantaneous or almost such, they can recover for permanent impairment. I am attaching for your reading pleasure... Read More

The Dearly Deported, Take Two…..DE Superior Court Affirms IAB Decision In Favor Of Illegal Aliens
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

If you have already read today's News Journal or my colleague Molly DiBianca's Delaware Employment Law Blog, then I am a little late to the party. Perhaps you recall my post of 2/9/12 titled "The Dearly Deported-Illegal Alien Status does... Read More

The Savvy Sleuth Returns....And Course & Scope Victory Is Once Again His In This Delaware Remand
Posted on 8 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Today's post is the part two of my 9/8/10 post titled " The Case of the Savvy Sleuth "...... It was one of defense attorney Gary Baker's (Elzufon, Austin, Tarlov & Mondell) finest hours as he defeated the claim of a double amputee... 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

As the Temperature Climbs, So Do the Rates: DE Dept. of Labor 2012-2013 Rates Released
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I may be the lone wolf (along with Mike Sensor) here in the office this happy 5th of July, but nothing is gonna get past me and as the rest of you lay on those sweltering beaches, I am up on the skinny at the Department of Labor. Which is basically money... Read More

Brain Teaser: A New Take on Head Trauma and Related Impairment in Delaware
Posted on 26 Jul 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

The summer release of IAB decisions includes two recent rulings that deal with closed head injury and claims for permanent impairment pursuant to 19 Del. Code Section 2326 . Both are claimant-friendly rulings worth sharing. Case #1: Charles Buckman... Read More

Less is More—A Study in Comparative Permanency Ratings in Delaware
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

First and foremost, please enjoy (above) the view of our new offices. A whole lotta white marble going on, and it's a look I can get used to. In fact, I am kind of coveting the white marble conference room tables as something that would really have... Read More