Category Archives: Case comment

Video Surveillance & Social Media Result in Misconduct Finding by NY Board

A determination by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board that a claimant made false representations regarding material facts in violation of N.Y. Workers’ Comp. Law § 114-a was supported by substantial evidence and would not be disturbed where videotape evidence … Continue reading

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Immunity Afforded to Ohio Subcontractors Under Contractor’s Self-Insurance Plan is Constitutional

The grant of immunity afforded to subcontractors enrolled in an Ohio contractor’s self-insurance plan [see Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 4123.35(O)] from claims by employees of another enrolled subcontractor does not violate right-to-remedy, right-to-jury, or equal-protection provisions of the Ohio … Continue reading

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Deeply Divided Oklahoma High Court Says Reduction of PPD Allowed Where Employer Paid Full Wages During Police Officer’s Disability Period

In a deeply divided (5-4) decision, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma recently held that a provision in the state’s workers’ compensation law [Okla. Stat. tit. 85A, § 89] allowing an employer—in this case a municipality—to receive a deduction to an … Continue reading

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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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