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California’s LETF Produces New Worker Education Materials

California’s Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a coalition of government agencies under the direction of the Department of Industrial Relations that combats the underground economy, ...

Understanding the Nuances of Workers' Compensation Reporting

At the 2015 IAIABC Convention an panel discussed what issues impacting workers' compensation are not being adequately discussed and reported on by the industry.  The ...

In Brief: State of the Industry

At the 2015 IAIABC Annual Convention, Mona Carter and Jeff Eddinger from NCCI discussed the current state of the industry and issues it faces in ...

British Firm Fined, Worker Suffers Life-Changing Injuries

A British logistics firm was recently fined more than $117,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall from a roof.   Andrew Bannister, ...

IGNITE!  Sharing Workers' Compensation Success Stories

These short presentations at the IAIABC 101st Annual Convention focused on the positive and highlighted success stories in the workers' compensation industry. What Went Right: Regulatory ...

Conversations on the Grand Bargain

Workers' compensation is described as a "grand bargain" between labor and management. The 101st IAIABC Convention kicked off with a panel discussion about how workers' ...

Law Firm Properly Terminated Support Services Assistant with Permanent Lifting Restrictions of No More Than 20 Pounds

Charlesetta Jennings worked as a Support Services Assistant (SSA) at Womble Carlyle, a 500 lawyer firm based in North Carolina. Her job required performing a ...

Commissioner Brannan Stirs Things Up

Our new Commissioner made some personnel changes at DWC. Barbara Salyers is the new ChiefDeputy. Her stated job duties are management and oversight of DWC ...

Remember ICD-10

We think it bears repeating that effective October 1, 2015, the Division is making the transition fromICD-9 to ICD-10. The Division has a video to ...

DWC Education Conferences Coming Up

The Division education conferences will be held in Austin and Dallas this again this fall. The Austinconference will be September 18 at the Renaissance Austin ...

Food for Thought - Is an Uber Driver an Independent Contractor?

The short answer? It depends....The California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver whofiled a claim against the company was an employee. That ruling was ...

DWC Contemplating Amendments to Death and Burial Benefits Rules

On 8/26/15, the Division closed the informal comment period on possible amendments death andburial benefits rules. The proposed amendments allow eligible spouses of first responders ...

Hard to Keep DDs: Designated Doctor Numbers Trending Down

The number of doctors on the Division’s Designated Doctor List dropped in the past year from 1008in July of 2014 to only 699 in July ...

Is The Sky The Limit? Not When It Comes to Air Ambulance Reimbursement !

There is no limit on how much an air ambulance provider (or any other health care provider, for thatmatter) can charge for its services or ...

More Medicare Secondary Payer Private Cause of Action “Action”

A new opinion was just released out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, MSPA Claims 1, LLC v. IDS Property ...

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J. Bradley Young

J. Bradley Young

J. BRADLEY YOUNG is a partner with the St. Louis, Missouri law firm of Harris, Dowell, Fisher & Harris, where he is the manager of the Worker's Compensation Defense Group and represents self-insured companies and insurance carriers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims in both Missouri and Illinois. Brad is a frequent Conference Speaker and can be regularly heard on KMOX radio in St. Louis discussing a wide variety of legal topics. You can email Brad at byoung@hdfh.com .
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