Category: Legal News and Oddities


When Dealing with Claims Adjusters, Always Read the Fine Print

Here is the story of one man, his company, and a rather unscrupulous claims adjuster. Kevin Miles, the sole owner and manager of Nebo Ventures, LLC, made his living helping various companies obtain and fulfill contracts with both state and local governments. In 2003, he was contracted by a larger company (formerly known as NovaPro,  … Read more

Red Bull Blamed for Death of Brooklyn Man; Lawsuit(s) May Follow

In 2011, shocked witnesses reported that healthy, active non-smoker Cory Terry collapsed after downing a can of Red Bull during a pickup basketball game in a local school gym. The official cause of death? A condition called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)–which, in layman’s terms, means that Terry’s heart stopped. Two years after the untimely death  … Read more

Notorious pepper-spraying police officer seeks workers’ compensation for mental injuries

What do the Occupy movement and workers’ compensation have in common?  Lt. John Pike. According to various news reports coming from California, the former UC Davis police officer -who has filed for workers’ compensation and been denied benefits, apparently–has filed an appeal, claiming that he suffered psychiatric injury as a result of a 2011 confrontation involving peaceful  … Read more

Can exotic dancers get workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia?

Dancers in the adult entertainment industry are almost guaranteed to be classified by their employers as independent contractors for both tax purposes and workers’ compensation in Georgia. However, just because your boss tells you your injury does not qualify for workers’ comp–because you’re an independent contractor — doesn’t meant it’s true. Sometimes — and I’m sure this is  … Read more

The Price is Wrong for Gameshow Contestant Caught Committing Workers’ Comp Fraud

According to media spin, in more cases than not employees are out to get over on their bosses and workers’ comp insurers in whatever way they can. Mainstream media would have you believe that claimants are irresponsible, greedy, and looking for a ‘free ride.’ As an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney, I can assure you that this is  … Read more

Back injuries are nothing to mess with….and neither is actress Sharon Stone!

Sharon Stone is apparently in need of sensitivity training and maybe a house manager so that she can be hands-off with the staff. Apparently she doesn’t know when enough’s enough, nor that back problems are legitimate work injuries and can be debilitating long-term if not headed off at the pass. Last month Angelica Castillo, former  … Read more

My mom was shot by her husband at work. Workers’ comp or not?

Julie Tassler was murdered on Christmas Eve in 2008 while on a smoke break from her job at an HSBC processing center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her husband, after being served divorce papers the night before, found her in her car and shot her before turning the gun on himself. Now the estate of  … Read more

Injured worker likely eligible for dual compensation for catastrophic injuries

On the eighth of last November, railroad maintenance worker Jose Salazar was just beginning the task of repairing and replacing a section of track that had been displaced in an earlier derailment when he was struck by a piece of rail being moved by co-workers. Salazar, aged 52, suffered a skull fracture, a broken back,  … Read more

Firefighter wins workers’ comp benefits in appeals decision that rocks state

We therefore conclude that the 104-week limitation on temporary total disability benefits violates Florida’s constitutional guarantee that justice will be administered without denial or delay. Those are the words of Florida’s First District Court of Appeals, penned by Judge Brad Thomas in response to an injured firefighter’s appeal regarding his workers’ compensation benefits. In 2009,  … Read more

As 10th Anniversary of deadly fire looms, nightclub owners still owe workers’ comp fine

Ten years ago, excited music fans set out to see a show featuring the band Great White at the Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island. In a horrific turn of events, the club became an inferno where one-hundred people –including a band member and four club employees– lost their lives. In the aftermath of the  … Read more