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Texas Workers' Compensation: A Model of Stability Now on the Verge of Possible Change
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Stuart D. Colburn

Entering 2014, the Texas workers’ compensation system seemed to be a model of stability; something that would have been impossible to imagine only ten years ago. There was little controversy in the system and no major administrative rule changes... Read More

Ohio: Flight Attendant Does Not Recover Benefits for Layover Injury
Posted on 5 Jan 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

An airline flight attendant, who was based in Ohio, did not sustain an injury arising out of and in the course of her employment when, during a layover, she fell on a public sidewalk in New York City as she returned to an inn after walking to a nearby... Read More

Illinois: Flight Attendant’s Injury Claim on Board Plane Barred by Going and Coming Rule
Posted on 19 Feb 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

An Illinois appellate court held that a flight attendant was not a traveling employee for purposes of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act when she injured her knee on a flight from Denver to New York on the day before she was scheduled to... Read More

North Carolina: Injuries Sustained Returning From Holiday Party Were Not Compensable
Posted on 1 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Affirming a decision by the state's Industrial Commission, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina has denied benefits to two technical support analysts in the State Highway Patrol who sustained severe injuries in an automobile accident as they returned... Read More

Illinois: Long-Haul Driver’s Injuries Putting Suitcase into Personal Vehicle at Home Not Compensable
Posted on 27 Feb 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A truck driver, who worked as a car hauler for a company that delivered new automobiles to various car dealerships is considered to be a “traveling employee” while making those various deliveries; his ordinary commute from his home to his... Read More

Georgia: Provision of Motel Room Over a Week-End Did Not Create “Continuous Employment” Scenario
Posted on 17 Mar 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Georgia appellate court, in a divided decision, reversed a trial court’s determination that a worker was a “continuous employee” and, accordingly, was due workers’ compensation benefits for an injury sustained on a Sunday afternoon... Read More

Pennsylvania: Donut Shop Manager was Traveling Employee; Death Claim Not Barred by Going and Coming Rule
Posted on 29 Sep 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Where an employee worked as manager at one of the employer’s three donut shops, was occasionally required to respond to operational issues at the other two shops, and sustained fatal injuries in an vehicle accident as he traveled from his residence to... Read More

Texas: Remote Worker’s Injury Traveling From Motel to Work Site Not Barred by Going and Coming Rule
Posted on 19 Jun 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A divided Supreme Court of Texas affirmed a determination that an employee was acting in the course and scope of his employment when he died in an automobile accident while traveling to a job site located some 40 miles from a motel where he as staying... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Employee Sustained Psychic Injury When Told She Owed Tax on $100,000 of Travel Reimbursements
Posted on 1 Jul 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Psychic Injury, AMA Guides, Traveling Employee, and Subrogation. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law... Read More

Maryland: Police Offer’s Injuries Avoiding His 2-Year-old Found Not Compensable
Posted on 28 Jul 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Prince George’s County police detective, who sustained ankle and knee injuries when he jumped to the side near the front door of his residence to avoid his two-year-old child as he exited his residence en route to retrieve his police cruiser,... Read More

Missouri: Toilet Dispenser Attacks Worker
Posted on 16 Jan 2015 by Martin Klug

If a Missouri worker gets injured using a public toilet, does she get comp benefits? The answer is: at least some of the time, according to the latest report from the Commission in a case affirming benefits in a temporary award. Eberhard v G4S/Walkenhut... Read More

Texas: Weekly Stipend Loosely Tied to Travel Does Not Make Worker Traveling Employee
Posted on 3 Nov 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Where an employer paid a “field electrician” a weekly stipend of $75, but neither (a) required the employee to keep records regarding travel expenses nor (b) required the additional payment to be spent for travel, the employee would not be... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Injury From Riding Escalator Rail
Posted on 4 Jan 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Traveling Employee, Special Employer, Intentional Tort, and Retaliatory Discharge. 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

The New Mobile Workforce: Telecommuters, Alternate Worksites, Traveling Employees, and "Extreme Mobile"
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Stuart D. Colburn

At the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference ®, Nov. 7-9, Stuart D. Colburn of Downs Stanford will speak and moderate on The New Mobile Workforce. The new mobile workforce – from telecommuters to alternate... Read More