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Texas DWC Grades Own Paper - 2016 Biennial Report

On 12/1/16, the DWC published its 2016 Biennial Report. The DWC reports significant improvements since the 2005 HB legislative reforms including lower claims costs and ...

Texas Air Ambulance Litigation - Turns Out The Sky Is Not The Limit

Last month we reported that Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky would hear the appeal of the State Office of Administrative Hearings’ (SOAH) decision ...

Texas - SJDB Vouchers Can Now Be Resolved for SB 863 Injuries

Per Beltran v. Structural Steel Fabricators (2016) Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS [citation pending], parties may resolve Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits ("SJDB vouchers") regardless of ...

New Jersey Judge of Compensation Orders Employer to Pay Costs Of Medical Marijuana Program and Costs of Filling Prescriptions

On December 15, 2016, a decision following trial in New Jersey was handed down on the question of whether medical marijuana can be ordered under ...

Misconceptions About IMES In New Jersey Workers' Comp

There are a number of misconceptions about the rules on independent medical examinations.  Several provisions in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act are helpful in ...

Employer Defeats ADA Lawsuit For Alleged Improper Requirement Of Fitness Examination - NWCDN New Jersey Member

Fitness for duty examinations must meet a standard of being job related and consistent with business necessity.  If the employer does not have enough to ...

Court Validates Firing Of City Worker While On Alternative Duty For Work Related Injury - NWCDN New Jersey Member

Derrick Dillard injured his back and shoulder in a work-related car accident in March 2011.  He was unable to perform his previous duties as a ...

Hospital Defeats Occupational Claim By Filing Motion To Dismiss After Petitioner's Case - NWCDN New Jersey Member

Diana Vernacchia worked as a housekeeper for Warren Hospital performing vacuuming and cleaning duties in the radiology department and hallways, dusting and cleaning the x-ray ...

Important Points from 2017 Three Member Panel Draft Report

The Florida Three Member Panel will meet in January in Tallahassee. The Three Member Panel is a statutory body created and created/enabled by Section 440.13(12), Fla. ...

Defense Counsel Selection In Workers' Compensation Matters

DEFENSE COUNSEL SELECTION IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION MATTERS Kevin L. Connors, Esquire   With grateful appreciation to one of our very favorite workers’ compensation bloggers, Michael Stack, a Principal ...

Work Comp Roundup

Keeping workers safe on the job doesn’t need to entail major expense, and it’s the best way to keep your workers’ compensation costs down. But ...

British Columbia Officials Warn Employers of Outdoor Worker Risks

With the number of outdoor workers at its peak during the summer, WorkSafeBC and Sun Safety at Work Canada have produced two new videos to ...

CMS Announces Intent to Enhance Re-Review Process in 2017

Yesterday, CMS issued an Alert which states the following (the alert can be found here): The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently revisited the task ...

Australian Employer Convicted, Fined Following Severe Worker Injury

An Ocean Grove, Australia plastering company was recently convicted and fined $25,000 over an incident in which a subcontractor suffered severe spinal injuries after falling ...

Important Factors In Workers Comp Defense Attorney Selection

Selecting the right person to defend a workers’ compensation claim is an important component of any program.  Not selecting the right attorney can be detrimental.  ...

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Rayford H. Taylor is an “AV” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia, and practices in the areas of administrative and governmental law, appellate practice, legislative consultation, and workers' compensation.He has practiced law in Georgia since 2002 and in Florida since 1974. Prior to entering the private practice of law, he was affiliated with The Florida Bar for more than 12 years where he served as its general counsel and legislative counsel.
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