Five Things You Need to Know: 9/28, Friday Edition


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1) CA: Residential Co. Employee Busted for Comp Fraud

“…Rashimir Salazar, 43, was convicted for continuing to work while receiving temporary total disability benefits after a workplace injury, according to a press release issued by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office,” writes Vincent Moleski of The Sacramento Bee. “Salazar received $13,567.92 in workers’ compensation benefits after being injured while working for Woodland Residential Services in February 2014, but while receiving the payments, she illegally continued to work for a private customer, according to the release.” She pleaded no contest in late August, and was sentenced to a month in jail, two years of probation, 40 hours of community service, and almost $10G in restitution, per the release and article.

2) Did You Miss’s AMA 6th Edition Hot Seat Last Week? No Problem.

Last week, Alan Pierce, attorney and author; and Dr. Chris Brigham, physician and author took to our latest webinar, “Impairing the Guides: The Legal Assault on the 6th Edition” to discuss the ins and outs of the latest guide. Pierce is host of the podcast “Workers' Comp Matters” heard on the Legal Talk Network, and Dr. Brigham is Senior Contributing Editor for the AMA Guides Sixth edition and Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter. He is also author of the book, Living Abled. To view the webinar, click here. President and CEO Bob Wilson and Florida Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims David Langham hosted.

3) Olympic Medalist to Speak at NWCDC 2018

The National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference (NWCDC) is scheduled to take place Dec. 5-7, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, according to its website. The keynote speaker will be “…seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller,” who “…will kick things off with a motivating look at how the gold-medal mindset helps overcome challenges and inspires success, whether on the competition floor or in the workplace.” A new “Orientation Session” will take place at the beginning of that week, to get attendees old and new acquainted with how the conference works, including tips and tricks to get through the sessions with some extra background and knowledge. To register, and for more information, click here. Check back to as the event gets closer, and as more details emerge.

4) FL: Employee Sues Paramedics Plus, Alleging an Obtained Report Violated His Privacy Rights

Clearwater resident Thomas May has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and those similarly situated against PMP Successor LLC, formerly, known as Paramedics Plus LLC, alleging his privacy was violated, writes Noddy A. Fernandez of the Florida Record. “…According to the complaint, on May 15, 2017, May applied for employment with PMP Successor. The suit says the defendant procured a consumer report on May for a background check that contained private and confidential information about him.” He seeks trial-by-jury, damages at $100-$1,000 for each violation, damages and court fees.

5) WV: Doctor Sues Clinic for Alleged Lack of Proper Wages

Dr. Louis Andrew Yancich of Charleston has filed a lawsuit against New Life Clinics and clinics president James T. Bowen, alleging he wasn’t paid appropriate wages, writes Philip Gonzales of the West Virginia Record. “…The suit said he would be paid $200 per hour for his services and $1,000 per week as medical director,” per the article. “As a result of the defendants' actions, Yancich said he was financially harmed because he was paid only $40 for an established patient visit and $80 for a new patient visit. The suit says the defendants ceased paying $1,000 per week for Yancich's role as medical director and terminated his contract without providing the requisite 60 days notice and without cause.” He requests trial-by-jury, court costs, and any other relief. 

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