Category: Legal News and Oddities

The “Choosing Wisely” Initiative and Medical Testing

The Choosing Wisely® initiative is a recent partnership between the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation) and Consumer Reports whose aim is to help encourage “physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.” A comprehensive (and sometimes  … Read more

Proposed Changes to Medicare Set-Asides Affect Workers’ Compensation Settlements

The meeting of the 111th Congress was the one that saw Medicare Secondary Payer bill H.R. 2641 flop over and twitch.  The 110th saw that happen to H.R. 2549 also, and H.R. 5309 went the same way during the 109th. In case you don’t recall this particular bill in all its iterations, it addressed Medicare Set-Asides (“MSAs”) for  … Read more

Connecticut woman fights back against overzealous workers’ compensation investigators

You might expect investigators to be vigilant when checking up on the activities of workers whose workers’ compensation case they are administering.  What you wouldn’t expect is that they would be so vigilant as to incite the family of an injured worker to file a lawsuit against them. That’s what happened recently in Connecticut. A woman  … Read more

Georgia’s cracking down on businesses who shuck their duty to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees.

The state of Georgia requires most employers with three or more full-time, part-time or seasonal employees to offer workers’ comp benefits. Any business found in non-compliance with coverage requirements faces civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation as well as possible prison time. Some companies in Georgia seem to think that workers’ compensation insurance  … Read more

More about criminal law in Georgia

Okay, in an earlier post I was discussing the differences and similarities between types of law. I briefly outlined civil case procedure and was highlighting the basics of criminal cases. We left off at burden of proof, wherein a Plaintiff is responsible for proving a Defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt through the introduction of evidence into  … Read more

Facebook photos result in loss of workers’ compensation benefits

Remember back in January when I told you that where workers’ compensation cases are concerned, insurance company attorneys would look for information about a Plaintiff wherever they could…. including social media? Well, apparently Zakery Clement didn’t read that particular post, which wouldn’t be that much of a problem, except that he could have benefited from my second bullet  … Read more