Category: Legal News and Oddities

Public sex act exposes California woman’s miraculously healed workplace injury

While the vast majority of workers’ compensation claims are not fraudulent (in a combined ten years of practicing on both the defense and plaintiffs’ side, I’ve seen exactly zero), some unfortunately are. Of those that are, some are more ridiculous than others or are caught in fairly comical ways. While there are all sorts of ways to be caught out  … Read more

2012’s list of workers’ compensation cheats released, and it adds up to nearly $100 million

It’s that time again! Every year Leonard Jernigan compiles a list of the top ten most egregious cases of Employer and Insurer workers’ compensation fraud that occurred over the previous calendar year. Despite what you might have been told, the most costly fraud is not committed by workers, but by employers trying to shave some dollars and  … Read more

In the wake of school shooting, Connecticut legislator seeks to expand workers’ comp benefits for first responders

Last month, a horrific scene met first responders at an elementary school in a sleepy Connecticut town. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, there is plenty of talk about legislation pertaining to mental health and gun control. Lawmakers in Connecticut, however, are adding another layer to the discussion: They want to  … Read more

Georgia appellate court decides patient/plaintiffs do not have to allow defense counsel ex parte meetings with doctors, but what about GA workers’ comp claimants?

In July of 2008, Francine Ehrlich began residing at a Georgia nursing home owned by the Emeritus Corporation. She needed help with her daily routine because she was suffering from Alzheimer’s and mild dementia. At the time she took up residence in the nursing home, Mrs. Ehrlich was mobile with the assistance of a walker  … Read more

Is medical malpractice in Georgia going to mimic our workers’ compensation system?

In an effort to rein in medical costs and reduce medical malpractice premiums, Georgia physicians are weighing the merits of sweeping medical malpractice reform in our state.  Some are advocating for a plan modeled after the workers’ compensation system. “The medical malpractice system is incredibly inefficient and the money actually goes to others in the  … Read more

Judge orders former Atlanta Falcons players to seek Georgia workers’ comp benefits

Back in March of this year, the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL brought suit against several former football players in a move to block them from filing for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of California. A twenty-page ruling in that case this week found against the players, and mandates that they must seek compensation here in  … Read more

Emerging laws protect the internet privacy of employees and students

Way back in 1970, futurist and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke effectively predicted the Internet, describing it as a synchronous system of satellites. In 1995 that prediction came true for the layperson when restrictions on Internet use to carry commercial traffic were lifted. The Internet as we know it is no longer in its infancy,  … Read more

Italian Supreme Court rules brain tumor + work-related cellphone usage = a valid workers’ compensation claim!

We’ve all heard the speculation about the potential harm common modern conveniences like cell phones and laptops can do to our bodies, but a landmark case in Italy may be a game-changer legally. Italian businessman Innocenzo Marcolini is the director of a company who reportedly used a mobile phone for at least five to six hours a  … Read more