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Judicial Discretion and Statutory Construction at the "Fair"

Recently, I ran into an insurance professional at a conference. Our discussion turned to the National Conversation and this professional's criticism of "prevailing costs." It is ...

Judge Reprimanded for Ex Parte Communication

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This is a quote with various attributions over the years. I was reminded of it recently, while reading ...

Eleventh Circuit Court Rules Again in Favor of Medicare Advantage Plans: Contract of Insurance Demonstrates Responsibility to Pay

A decision issued out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week, MSP Recovery, LLC v. Allstate, et. al, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15984 ...

A Very Bad Week

You may have read the August 27 article on USA Today, "225+ heroin overdoses in 4 counties in 4 states in 1 week", that recounts ...

Perspectives and Respect

I recently attended a seminar of professionals. An audience member interjected during a program and added to the conversation. The presenter's reaction was unenthusiastic, condescending, ...

Commercial Repayment Center Update- August 2016

As a continuing effort to keep the industry updated on the Commercial Repayment Center, below is an update on the CRC’s progress and current issues. ...

Changing Hearts and Minds to Win the Battle against Prescription Drug Abuse

The expansion of Medicare to include a prescription drug benefit has had varied results on the workers’ compensation system and compliance with the Medicare Secondary ...

A Grandmother and her Fentanyl

I don't usually talk on a plane - my preferred conversation is "ice water, peanuts, thank you". But last night, as I flew from Raleigh ...

Discussing WorkComp #4: Don Quixote and the Administrative State

This is the fourth article in a series discussing various aspects of the "National Conversation" currently underway in workers' comp. ...

Discussing Workers' Comp #3: Benefit Adequacy, Moral Hazard and Other Issues in Wage Replacement

This is the third article in a series discussing various aspects of the "National Conversation" currently underway in workers' comp. ...

Discussing Workers' Comp #2: Average Justice?!

This is the second article in a series discussing various aspects of the "National Conversation" currently underway in workers' comp. ...

Too Poor to Pay? "Baby, You're Only Sorry You Got Caught"

A recent article about an employer caught my attention: Employer cries poor over worker's comp claim. The story was published by HRD Singapore. In this July 19, 2016 ...

Discussing Workers' Comp #1: A Primer

This is the first article in a series discussing various aspects of the "National Conversation" currently underway in workers' comp. ...

Joining the National Conversation on Workers Compensation

I have watched and listened, with great interest, the various personalities, entities, and voices calling for a national discussion on the relevancy, need, and direction ...

Another Win for Medicare Advantage in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

In a 2-1 final decision out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Company, Humana prevailed in ...

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Judge David Langham

Judge David Langham

David Langham is the Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings. He has been involved in workers’ compensation for over 25 years as an attorney, an adjudicator, and administrator. He has delivered hundreds of professional lectures, published numerous articles on workers’ compensation in a variety of publications, and is a frequent blogger on Florida Workers’ Compensation Adjudication. David is a founding director of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary and the Professional Mediation Institute, and is involved in the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). He is a vocal advocate of leveraging technology and modernizing the dispute resolution processes of workers’ compensation.
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