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.
The issue of "the new judge" arises periodically in litigation, and workers' compensation is no exception. In the larger world, judges in Florida are re-elected or not, rotated from courthouse to courthouse ... Read More
It is worthwhile to remember the past periodically. George Santayana is credited with the now famous quote "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That has been paraphrased ... Read More
Statistics are fascinating. Statistics are often the subject of quips and criticism. Disraeli said "there are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics." Twain said that "facts are stubborn ... Read More
The Maryland Court of Appeals recently rendered an interesting decision in Beavers Construction v. Wagstaff, No 1977 (March 1, 2018).
Mr. Wagstaff was hired to work at a rate of $18.95 per ... Read More
Folk singer Woody Guthrie had a song in which he described how he would package himself and "mail himself to you." It is cute set of lyrics from ages ago (1962). He describes his hope that "when ... Read More
Florida has a fairly stringent set of requirements for specificity in a workers' compensation petition. Those requirements are sometimes a complication in specific instances. Recently, a registered user ... Read More
I recently came across a story about a federal judge in Miami. The issue is totally unrelated to workers' compensation, but it involves judicial behavior. It is noteworthy for several reasons. It all arose ... Read More
Several times in the last few months, a big deal has been made in the press about someone's final 10-7. That is a radio call police use to inform of their "end of shift." There was one in Sarasota in ... Read More
The Georgia Court of Appeals recently rendered an interesting decision in Davis v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., A17A1726 (February 27, 2018). The case illustrates two points worthy of remembering in the ... Read More