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Presumption of Correctness Afforded Florida’s EMAs Passes Constitutional Muster

§ 440.13(9)(c), Fla. Stat., which provides a presumption of correctness to the opinion of an expert medical advisor (“EMA”), is not violative of separation of powers, equal protection, and due process guarantees of the Florida and federal constitutions, held the … Continue reading

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NY Claimant Establishes Aspergillosis Claim as an Accidental Injury

Court’s Ruling of No Occupational Disease Does Not Bar Claim (After Remittal) for Accidental Injury Where a New York appellate court reversed the state Workers’ Compensation Board’s finding that a claimant suffered from an occupational disease (allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) and … Continue reading

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Idaho Worker Seeking Disability Benefits May Not Avoid Independent Medical Exam

Once an Idaho claimant has filed a complaint seeking disability benefits, the employer may require her to attend a medical examination under Idaho Code § 72-433, held the Supreme Court of Idaho [Moser v. Rosauers Supermarkets, 2019 Ida. LEXIS 86 … Continue reading

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Colorado ALJ May Not Find MMI Without Appropriate Expert Medical Opinion

A Colorado appellate court recently held that a workers’ compensation claimant may not be placed at the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI) where neither the claimant’s treating physician nor the physician conducting the division-sponsored independent medical examination (DIME) has … Continue reading

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Protz “Fix” Awaits PA Governor’s Signature

Last Thursday (October 18, 2018), the Pennsylvania legislature sent House Bill 1840, a/k/a “the Protz Fix,” to Governor Wolf’s desk for his signature. Passed by an easy 34-15 margin, the bill would largely undo the holding of a split Supreme … Continue reading

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Florida Correctional Department Successfully Rebuts Heart-Lung Presumption

A Florida appellate court ruled that a state judge of compensation claims erred when the JCC awarded benefits to a correctional officer under the state’s Heart-Lung statute, which generally provides firefighters, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and certain others with … Continue reading

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PA Court Refuses to Consider Independent, Board-Certified MD’s Opinion Because of Her Practice “Mix”

When is the opinion of a board-certified (occupational medicine) physician, with years of experience and special training in the utilization of the AMA Guides, and who has performed numerous Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs) under both the 5th and 6th editions … Continue reading

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Arizona: Carrier May Not Suspend Benefits Where Claimant Indicates IME Will Be Recorded

An Arizona appellate court recently held, as a matter of law, that a workers’ compensation claimant who expressed an intention to record an independent medical examination (“IME”), in the absence of any prior communication about recording, had not committed a … Continue reading

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