Five Things You Need to Know: 6/26, Tuesday Edition


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1) FL Resident Will Serve Probation and Pay Restitution after Allegedly Participating in Work Comp Fraud 

Trinity resident Gary W. Rochevot will pay more than $123K in restitution, and serve five years of probation (first six months home detention) after allegedly not being truthful for the volunteer work portion of a work comp benefits request form, according to Insurance Journal and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. While receiving about $5.5K per month in benefits, Rochevot had periodically volunteered as a cart driver/greeter for a local hospital. “…In addition, federal agents observed Rochevot engaging in routine physical activity throughout 2016, including yardwork, automobile maintenance, house maintenance and routine errands, some of which involved heavy lifting,” according to the article.

2) 4-DAY COUNTDOWN: Hot Seat on Millenials and the Workplace

The next Hot Seat Webinar will be entitled “Rise of the Millennials: Passing of the Baton.” The webinar will take place Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m. EST. Click here for more information or to register. “…Join ( President and CEO) Bob Wilson, (Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims) David Langham and guests Dara Barney and Alfred Faber while they discuss what changes we can expect as the generational shift takes place,” according to the registration page. Barney is the Senior Editor of Premium Media, and Faber is the Insurance Services Office, Inc. Director and Division Head. “…Not only are Millennials the largest workplace demographic, they are assuming positions of leadership in the process. Will the proclivities of this generation change the way business is done? And if so, how?” per the page.

3) CA: Parents File Lawsuit on Behalf of Deceased Son, Who Was Allegedly Shot and Killed on the Job

Fresno residents and parents Francine R. Williams and Carl Williams Jr. have filed a lawsuit on behalf of their deceased security guard son (Carl Allen Williams III) against The Blackstone Group, doing business as Motel 6, Roman Escamilla and Does 1-50, alleging he was shot and later killed while on duty for Motel 6’s Monument Security Co. in 2017, writes Jenie-Mallari Torres. “…The plaintiffs hold The Blackstone Group, Escamilla and Does 1-50 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to adequately or properly train its employees regarding guests' rights, conflict resolution and adherence to Motel 6 policies,” per the article. “The plaintiffs seek judgment against defendants for general damages, funeral and burial expenses, interest, costs of suit, and further relief as the court may deem just."

4) MO: Power Co. Sued for Allegedly Not Warning Employee Properly of Asbestos Exposure

Previous electrician James M. Callahan, out of St. Louis, has filed a lawsuit against A.W. Chesterton Inc., Bechtel Power Corp., Zurn Industries LLC, alleging “…exposure to asbestos at his job and through family members caused him to develop lung cancer,” writes Lhalie Castillo of the St. Louis Record. He claims exposure to asbestos while on the job from 1937 to 1979, and that he wasn’t taught about the proper precautions and dangers concerning the chemical. “…The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages of more than $75,000, plus costs of this action and any additional relief that are just and proper,” per the article. 

5) OH: PT Clinic Ready to Serve More Work Comp Clients in Seventh Location Opening

Athletico Physical Therapy has opened its seventh clinic in Columbus, according to a PR Newswire press release in Markets Insider. According to the article, the clinic caters to several kinds of medical needs, including PT, injury and movement screenings, headache rehab and work comp injuries. “…We are committed to helping everyone practice safety at work. Our workers' compensation specialists are trained to assess workplace environments and worker behaviors to provide customized intervention techniques and programs. In addition to treating injuries that occur on the job, our services include work conditioning, ergonomics, post-offer/pre-employment testing and more,” according to the company.

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