Interview with the Mediator

I recently had breakfast with my old friend and former neighbor, Greg Parent of Miles Mediation & Arbitration, and I asked him for some tips for mediation, given his serving as a mediator for the past several years (meaning he’s not only attended mediations as an attorney/advocate for both individuals and for insurers, but he’s  … Read more

Sedgwick Claims Management fined over $1M for its utilization review practices in CA

Not long ago, we wrote about how Sedgwick CMS’s unreasonable delays in delivering treatment to an injured worker killed him.  Well, they’ve recently agreed to a $1,129,600 settlement in response to the allegations brought by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for labor code violations stemming from Sedgwick’s utilization review practices. What is utilization review,  … 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

How a Workers’ Compensation Adjuster’s Intentional Delays Killed a Man

How many times could a company with a homegrown, wholesome name like Ralph’s Grocery Co. turn a blind eye to the medical needs of an injured employee? According to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals board, 11 is the lucky number. The trouble began in December 2003, when Charles Romano sustained an injury to his left  … Read more

Can the workers’ comp defense attorney threaten to have me deported to force a low settlement?

Imagine this scenario: A nursing home employee–let’s call her Janice–is injured on the job when she slips and falls on an unmarked wet spot on the floor. She immediately reports the injury to her supervisor and proceeds to file a request for medical benefits, temporary disability benefits, and whatever else she may need in the  … Read more

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

What if my physical injury at work is causing anxiety and depression?

Many of my clients, after suffering a physical injury at work, find themselves losing interest in activities they used to enjoy. They often want to sleep twice as many hours as they used to need to feel rested. They’re anxious. They begin feeling hopeless. If that’s you, here’s some good news:  a physically injured worker can  … Read more