Category Archives: Case comment

New York: Board—Not the Trial Court—Must Determine if Worker Was Independent Contractor

Reiterating the important rule in New York, that where the availability of workers’ compensation benefits hinges upon questions of fact or upon mixed questions of fact and law, the parties may not choose the courts as the forum for resolution … Continue reading

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Ohio’s “Zone of Employment” Rule Protects Worker Who Clocked Out for Lunch

Injuries Sustained in Nearby Parking Lot Were Compensable Where an Ohio data entry worker had clocked out for lunch, exited the building, and fell in a nearby parking lot, breaking her arm, her claim for workers’ compensation benefits was not … Continue reading

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Florida Court: No Coverage Where Policy Procured After Worker’s Injury Took Place

Agent Scurries to Get Coverage After Workplace Accident Where, following a workplace accident causing injury to an employee, the uninsured employer called its insurance broker regarding the expected workers’ compensation claim and the broker scrambled to obtain a policy from … Continue reading

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Virginia Court Affirms Commission’s Safety Violation Finding

Driver’s Failure to Chock Wheels Results in Loss of Comp Benefits A Virginia appellate court recently affirmed a finding by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that a truck driver willfully violated known safety rules when he failed to chock the … Continue reading

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Nebraska Physician Assistant May Not Sign Medical Report

While the term, “physician,” as defined by Neb. Workers’ Comp. R. 49(O) (2018), generally includes those practicing osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, or dentistry, it does not include a physician assistant, held the Supreme Court of Nebraska in Bower v. Eaton … Continue reading

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Trainee/Apprentice May Not Sue Independent Contractor/Truck Driver

Independent Contractor/Driver Was Joint Employer Under Iowa Law Construing Iowa law, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a federal district court’s decision granting summary judgment to an independent contractor/truck driver in a negligence action filed against him by … Continue reading

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Vermont High Court Again Refuses to Utilize “Substantial Certainty” Exception for Intentional Injury Cases

Reiterating its decision in Kittell v. Vermont Weatherboard, Inc., 138 Vt. 439, 417 A.2d 926 (1980) (per curiam), in which the Supreme Court of Vermont held that nothing short of a specific intent to injure falls outside the scope of … Continue reading

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Virginia Bus Driver’s Failure to Wear Seat Belt Constituted Willful Misconduct

A bus driver, who sustained serious injuries in an accident in which his bus was struck from behind, causing it to careen against a guard rail and then flip over, ejecting the driver, was appropriately found to have violated his … Continue reading

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Affiliated NY Company Liable for Half of Driver’s Comp Benefits as Special Employer

In Matter of Mitchell v. Eaton’s Trucking Serv., Inc., 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6806 (3rd Dept., Oct. 11, 2018), a New York appellate court affirmed a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board that found that a truck driver … Continue reading

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Employee’s Medical Bills Not Covered by “Medpay” Provision of Arizona Auto Policy Due to Exclusion for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Where an employee was injured in a work-related auto accident, incurred $22,000 in medical expenses, a portion of which was paid pursuant to a workers’ compensation claim and the employee recovered $15,000 from a third-party tortfeasor but, under the Arizona … Continue reading

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