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.
As you awaken this morning, ready to enjoy this post and start your day, I am headed west. I have often been asked if I am "from" Mississippi, and I am not; no more than I am "from" anywhere. However, I have ... Read More
Texas, a "Scottish pop rock band from Glasgow" sings Say What You Want. It's a catchy tune. A lyric sticks with me:
Yeah, you can say what you want
But it won't change my mind
Perhaps that is a ... Read More
The 2018 Workers Compensation Section Forum was held April 12 and 13, 2018. It was a diverse spectrum of speakers, covering a wide variety of topics. I am persistently impressed by not only the different ... Read More
Merriam Webster defines "capper" as "one that caps," meaning "a device that fits caps on bottles," or a "finale, climax, or clincher." That one is less than relevant. A second definition is a "lure or ... Read More
A recent column, Dead Men Tell No Tales, detailed the findings of Florida's First District Court of Appeal regarding 73 Engle-Related Cases. It was an outcome, dismissal, which the plaintiffs in ... Read More
Can a party to a Florida worker's compensation case file something with the Judge and not disclose the contents of that document? There are a couple of valid points to be discussed on this general topic.
It ... Read More
It occurred to me recently that the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims has had a significant number of new judicial appointments in recent years. I reflected upon that as I contemplated the ... Read More
The Arkansas Court of Appeals rendered an interesting decision on March 7, 2018. The opinion caught my attention because of recent discussion about independent contractors and misclassification of workers. ... Read More
Service is a subject that fortunately does not come across my desk very often. I am hopeful that this is because service is actually effectuated in the vast majority of instances. When we say "service" we ... Read More