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Texas Appeals Panel Decision No. 100203 - Waiver
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Claimant alleged carrier did not dispute compensability by timely filing a PLN-1. The carrier received written notice of the injury on August 11, 2009. A PLN-1 dated August 31, 2009 was in... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decision 100536 – Impairment Rating (IR)
Posted on 17 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Designated Doctor (DD) diagnosed a cervical sprain/strain and certified maximum medical improvement (MMI). At the Contested Case Hearing (CCH), the parties stipulated the injury extended to and... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decision No. 100229-S - SIBs
Posted on 30 Sep 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Claimant’s application for supplement income benefits listed 65 job search efforts: five job applications and approximately 60 work search contacts as described by Texas Workforce Commission... Read More

Texas: Recent Appeals Panel Decision Provides Clarification With Regard to the SIBs Application Process
Posted on 28 Dec 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford On November 15, 2010, the Appeals Panel issued Appeals Panel Decision No. 101430 [ 2010 TX Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 113 ] that addresses some of the specifics with regard to the validity of a Claimant’s... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decisions 100538 and 100539 – Extent
Posted on 18 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford Appeals Panel Decision 100538 – Extent The sole issue at the Contested Case Hearing (CCH) is whether the compensable injury extended to osteoarthritis at the right hip. The extent of... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decision No. 100318 – MMI/IR
Posted on 15 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Claimant sustained a compensable injury in the course and scope of his employment. DWC selected a designated doctor for MMI/IR, but not for extent. The Designated Doctor certified maximum medical... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decision No. 100308 - Causation
Posted on 12 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Claimant worked as a security guard. A nearby refinery released chemical fumes including naphthalene. The Claimant alleged an occupational exposure and sought medical care from two different... Read More

Texas Case Review of Poplin v. Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.
Posted on 3 Nov 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The court of appeals determined a party does not have to serve opposing party with service by citation in workers’ compensation judicial review cases. Poplin, a widow filed for workers’... Read More