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South Carolina: In Dependency Case, Commission May Not Presume “Fornication” Occurred

In an ancient decision (one year older than me), Day v. Day, 216 S.C. 334, 58 S.E.2d 83 (1950), the Supreme Court of South Carolina, reflecting the general moral mindset of the time, held that a woman cannot be considered … Continue reading

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Nevada Employer Need Not Show Knowledge of Specific Medical Diagnosis to Recover from Subsequent Injury Fund

In Nevada, under Nev. Rev. Stat. § 616B.578, in order for an employer to receive reimbursement from the state’s “Subsequent Injury Account,” it must prove that that it had knowledge of a preexisting permanent physical impairment that would support a … Continue reading

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29-Month Delay in Filing North Dakota Claim Bars Recovery

The Supreme Court of North Dakota recently affirmed an ALJ’s finding that the filing of a worker’s claim some 29 months after the work incident was not timely, and, therefore, no compensation could be awarded [Lechner v. North Dakota Workforce … Continue reading

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New York Court Says Attorney’s Ex Parte Text Message to Physician Was Harmless

In a divided decision, a New York appellate court recently held that the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board abused its discretion when it excluded from the record a physician’s medical report and his deposition testimony, based upon the fact that claimant’s … Continue reading

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Divided PA Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Comp Carrier to Maintain Third-Party Action on Behalf of Injured Employee

Injured Employee Must Either Assign Cause or Join Litigation as Party Plaintiff In Pennsylvania, a workers’ compensation insurance carrier may not maintain a third-party action against an alleged tortfeasor on behalf of an injured employee to recoup the amount paid … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Retaliatory Discharge Statute Protects Employee’s Right to Sue Employer in Tort

A provision of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act (Act), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 152, § 75B(2), and not the common law, affords an employee who was injured on the job and incurred a loss of earning capacity from the injury … Continue reading

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Idiopathic Fall to Level Floor May Be Compensable in Iowa

Divided Court Adopts Minority Rule for Idiopathic Falls Adopting the minority American rule that all work-related risk factors must be considered in determining the compensability of an idiopathic fall—even the hardness of the floor—the Supreme Court of Iowa, in a … Continue reading

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Massive Stroke After MMI Does Not Result in Loss of Nebraska PTD Benefits

Where an employee sustained work-related injuries, reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), and, based on factual findings by Nebraska’s Workers’ Compensation Court (WCC), was adjudged to be permanently and totally disabled, a subsequent stroke that left her completely incapacitated and unable … Continue reading

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NY’s Medical Treatment Guidelines Apply to Out-of-State Providers Treating Nonresident Claimants

In a decision that could have significant repercussions for a number of claimants under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, a state appellate court affirmed a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board that the state’s Medical Treatment Guidelines (“guidelines”) apply … Continue reading

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Farm Worker’s Quick Visit to See Girlfriend and Get Beer Was Unreasonable Deviation From Employment

No Compensation Benefits for Injuries Sustained in Accident A farm worker, who sustained serious injuries in a vehicular accident when he failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic as he crossed a road on an employer-owned all-terrain … Continue reading

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