202003.20
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Federal Legislative Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

In what is likely to be the first of several actions, President Trump signed into law HR 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The first thing to note is that this bill only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The bill impacts a number of employer related programs:…

202003.13
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Indiana Worker’s Compensation Scheduling Update

The following information has been posted to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board Website: Pretrial conferences are cancelled through April 3rd, 2020.  Joint pretrial order forms may be submitted electronically (where applicable) if the parties so desire, using the District email.  Hearings will continue so long as directives from the Governor do not change or the…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

202001.29
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Indiana WC Update: Impact of the ODG Drug Formulary

We are now a year removed from Indiana’s adoption of the (the “Formulary”) and its overall impact on worker’s compensation claims remains somewhat uncertain.  This is true as it relates to litigating disputes over prescription drug approval and the broader impact on overall costs associated with worker’s compensation claims and reducing the opioid epidemic. In…

201806.28
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Will workers’ compensation MSA guidelines extend to personal injury cases?

As we previously reported, a CMS policy for liability Medicare set-aside (LMSA) review appears to be imminent.  The current state of confusion is depicted in a recent case involving CMS. In Silva v. Burwell, the plaintiff was injured as a result of a medical malpractice incident, after which he sustained permanent and extensive brain damage…

201712.27
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Indiana Court of Appeals Broadens the Definition of Earnings in Calculating the AWW

It is well settled in Indiana that worker’s compensation is meant to benefit employees and that the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act should be construed liberally.  According to a recent opinion issued by the Indiana Court of Appeals, in Midwest Equipment & Supply, Co. v. Garwood, this liberal construction appears to be especially true as it relates…

201706.14
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Indiana Employer and Its Subsidiaries Protected by the Exclusive Remedies Provision of the Act

In Brenda Hall v. Dallman Contractors, LLC, 51 N.E.3d 261 (2016), the Indiana Court of Appeals recently addressed whether an employee could pursue a negligence action against a subsidiary of AT&T, Inc., after she had already received a worker’s compensation settlement from her employer, Ameritech.  The Court of Appeals answered in the negative, barring further…

201705.16
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Indiana Court of Appeals Holds Termination of Employment does NOT Bar Entitlement to TTD Benefits in Indiana

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently weighed in on an issue that could prove troublesome for Indiana employers.  In March, the Court addressed the issue of whether an injured employee was entitled to temporary total disability (“TTD”) benefits after being terminated for misconduct on the job.  Both the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board and the Court…