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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Summary Judgment and the “Coming and Going” Doctrine: It’s Complicated

Injuries occurring during an ordinary commute to and from work are not compensable under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act. The “coming and going” doctrine has always required in in-depth factual analysis for each case to determine if any exceptions to this doctrine apply. The Court of Appeals recently decided what should be considered a factual or legal determination in the context of a summary judgment decision on this issue. Calvo
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Maryland’s Second Highest Court Recounts and Applies Critical Zakwieia and Reger Cases in Rendering New Opinion

The 2017 calendar year saw the introduction of two prominent cases addressing the offset afforded under Labor and Employment Section 9-610 and two simple words: “similar benefits.”  Two cases, two words … little to no clarity. Now, 2018 has seen its first opinion from Maryland’s highest court addressing the critical statute governing disability benefits owed to covered employees of governmental units or quasi-public corporations. A more complete analysis of the
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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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WCB Announces Proposals to Improve Medical Care for Injured Workers (At the Cost of Everyone Else?)

Last month, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced various proposals to improve medical care for injured workers (Subject Number 046-1058). While these proposals appear to be reasonable improvements for injured workers, if approved, they will come at an increased cost for employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators. This cost will not only be felt financially, but also in the ability to defend claims. First, the financial cost
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What Did You Know and When Did You Know It? The Meaning and Impact of Knowledge in Occupational Disease Claims

There are statutes of limitation relating to occupational diseases which reference the claimant’s knowledge of their condition and other factors. Generally, I find that people tend to misinterpret the meaning of knowledge in these contexts; as such, I will endeavor to provide you with a general idea of what this means in a workers’ compensation context in New York claims. The first reference I’ll discuss comes from New York Workers’
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Defending Against Darcon: The Policy Language is Controlling

In 2011, the Board Panel issued a decision in Employer: Darcon Construction (2011 NY Wrk comp G0223167), which contained one throwaway line that has been causing confusion at the hearing level ever since. In this case, a specific work site was covered by a wrap up policy. The Board Panel found that no discrete accident occurred at the work site, therefore, the proper carrier was the carrier of the general
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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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Part Two: The Growing Costs of Opioids in the Workplace – An NHL Tragedy

Welcome to our second installment of a three part series discussing Derek Boogaard, a former National Hockey League (NHL) player that died from an accidental drug overdose after leaving rehab. In the first part our series, we discussed Boogaard’s career in the NHL, his tragic death, and the tension that exists as a result of an employee’s prescription drug use and the employer’s oversight of said use. Here, we will
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