Does a Denial of a “Defective” RB-89 Constitute a Denial of Due Process?

Recently, the Workers’ Compensation legal community has seen a series of decisions issued by the Workers’ Compensation Board that seem to mark a change in policy on behalf of the Workers Compensation Board. Specifically, the decisions have focused around one crucial issue- does a party’s failure to properly and fully completely fill out the required form to maintain an application for board review or rebuttal (RB-89 or RB-89.1) render the
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Difficulties and Questions Presented by the Board’s New Digital Audio Recordings

Since the inception of the statewide virtual hearing platform in March of this year, there have been many concerns over the efficiency and effectiveness of the new hearing process. One of the major concerns has been whether there will be a clear, concise, and easily accessible record of workers’ compensation hearings. The virtual hearing platform brought with it a digital audio recording system that records all workers’ compensation hearings verbatim.
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Know Your Client’s Special Preferences

For controverted workers’ compensation claims in New York, the issue of general versus special employment can be raised by your client as a defense to liability. The issue of general versus special employment usually arises in circumstances when the claimant is hired and paid by one employer but works at the location and under the direction of another employer. For instance, a claimant who works for a temporary staffing agency
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Got Insurance? What You Need to Know if You Are An Uninsured Employer in New Jersey

Under New Jersey law, every corporation, limited partnership, as well as any employer required by law to submit an annual report, must provide valid proof of workers’ compensation coverage as part of its annual report. There are two ways that an employer can demonstrate valid proof of workers’ compensation coverage. An employer can either show proof of having coverage with an insurance carrier or by being self-insured. A self-insured employer
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Minor Issues When A Minor Gets Injured At Work

While not very common, if a minor is hired and then injured on the job, the trajectory of this particular compensation claim will be slightly different than the typical workers’ compensation claim. The most significant difference is that a penalty will be imposed against the employer if the employment of the minor is found to be illegal by the Workers’ Compensation Board. Workers’ Compensation Law Section 14-a governs compensation issues
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Podcast: Trucking Workers’ Compensation Claims

Ben Greenberg, a partner in our Raleigh office, joins the show to discuss how trucking companies and insurance carriers can effectively prepare for workers’ compensation claims. Ben first explains how an aging truck driver population and commercial driver shortage have resulted in an increase in significant workers’ compensation claims in the trucking industry. He then addresses important proactive measures, such as telematics and forward-facing fleet cameras, companies can take to avoid
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Changes to Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First Responders in Florida

Florida Statute 112.18, commonly referred to as the “Heart/Lung Bill,” offers added legal protection for police, fireman and correctional officers who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, or tuberculosis. This is codified in Section 112.18(1)(a), which specifically states that: Any condition or impairment of health of any Florida state, municipal, county, port authority, special tax district, or fire control district firefighter or any law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or
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Podcast: Hidden Costs of New York Workers’ Comp Reforms

Todd Jones, a partner in our Garden City office, recently appeared on Goldberg Segalla’s Timely Notice podcast to discuss the hidden costs of New York’s 2017 overhaul of its workers’ compensation system. Todd begins by illustrating how previous changes to the system resulted in exorbitant indemnity costs for employers. Todd notes how the recent reforms were intended to remedy this issue. He gives his prediction on a recent change that
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Untimely Notice of Controversy or Pre-Hearing Conference Statement? Why Carriers Should Not Give Up Hope on a Disallowance

Where a carrier has elected to controvert a claim, the Workers’ Compensation Law in New York sets forth a strict timeframe for filing a denial and initial pleadings. Section 25(2)(b) provides that once a claim has been indexed against an employer, the carrier must file a notice of controversy with the Chair within 25 days. Failure to file the notice of controversy within the prescribed 25-day time limit shall bar
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Practice Tips for Securing the Mandatory and Discretionary Penalties under WCL Section 114(a)

Once a claim has been established, there are numerous defenses a carrier may raise to limit exposure in situations where the claimant has not returned to work. One of these defenses can be found under Section 114(a) of the Workers’ Compensation Law. The applicable case law reads:  “If for the purpose of obtaining compensation . . . a claimant knowingly makes a false statement or representation as to a material
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