Workers' Compensation

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Soup, Soap and Salvation -- Delaware IAB Rules That Salvation Army Rehab Program Participant Is Not an Employee
Posted on 1 Apr 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Let me start by saying if you think the goings on in Delaware are of small import, I just discovered that The Detour & Frolic has readers in Australia. We are the trend setters for not only the rest of the U.S., but the rest of the world.....who'd... Read More

Score One for Our Team: DSBA 2011 Annual Work Comp Seminar Is a Winner
Posted on 5 May 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Props to (my hero) Gary Baker, Jessica Welch and Nancy Cobb who (with some modest assistance from yours truly) put together a heck of a seminar. I thought it would be appropriate to offer some brief snippets of wisdom from the event for those of you who... Read More

God Bless the Broken Road: Delaware IAB Rules on Major Issue of Procedure in UR
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Waiver anyone? This week's post features two cases on what I consider to be a huge procedural development in UR. A huge thank you to my friends at Tybout, Redfearn & Pell (especially Rob Greenberg and Nick Krayer) for their help in flagging the... Read More

"As Iron Sharpens Iron.....": A Fond Farewell to Jay Schmittinger
Posted on 13 Apr 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing earlier this week of Dover attorney John J. Schmittinger. When I came into private practice in 1983, Jay was already well-established as what I consider to be the dean of the workers compensation claimant's... Read More

An Invitation: The Delaware "Funky Permanencies".....What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us (A Campaign)
Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

It occurred to me as I was mailing claimant attorney Henry Davis a copy of my super-duper laminated permanency chart that it really bugs me that I have no way of knowing if it is complete. Truly and boastfully complete....Not for sure. I had polled some... Read More

"Let Me Super-Size That”.....Unsuccessful UR Appeal in Delaware for 400 lb. Missouri Resident
Posted on 23 May 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, so turnabout is fair play. My last post highlighted a win by claimant attorney Mike Galbraith. Mike shared with me two cases, only one of which merited a profile. The other case was also a "Mike victory" and some informal discussion about... Read More

More about That "Hoey Displaced Worker" in Delaware: IAB Comments on What It Is and What It's Not
Posted on 25 May 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

This should be titled the "quick post". Minimal frills, minimal banter, no photos...... Today Jodi Cianci of the defense firm Chrissinger & Baumberger sent me the attached case. Termination of total disability granted in favor of the employer... Read More

A New Trend in Delaware? Tybout "Dream Team" Overcome DCD Petitions on Causation
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by Cassandra Roberts

It is a rare minority of Delaware IAB cases that yield a ruling in favor of the employer, especially on an original petition for benefits, in this jurisdiction called a Petition to Determine Compensation Due. This week I am profiling two successful outcomes... Read More