Monthly Archives: February 2011

Illinois Speaker of House joins clamor for investigation; Washington state’s system may face bankruptcy

In Montana, workers’ comp reform is leaning toward reducing benefits for injured workers As a follow-up to our preceding post,  we see that a top-ranking legislator in Illinois has joined with other lawmakers calling for an investigation of the state … Continue reading

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Illinois arbitrators suspended as workers’ comp scandal grows to include calls for state, federal investigations

The workers’ comp case involving former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell and the WC arbitrator assigned to his claim has skyrocketed into a bone fide scandal with federal implications. We first reported on the the case back in Sept. 2010; … Continue reading

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Secondhand smoke could be workers comp case in Missouri; despite prank, California court rejects lawsuit

Secondhand smoke is entering the workers’ compensation arena–by backing its way into law. According to a Feb. 9 brief in the Southeast Missourian, “The [state] Senate approved final amendments to a bill revamping the state’s workers’ compensation programs on Wednesday … Continue reading

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NFL’s workers’ comp issue just keeps growing; Florida tries a new tack with proposed bill

An ongoing issue in the NFL concerns injured players who file for workers’ comp benefits in states where they played games rather than in the state where the team is based. We first covered the issue last year here and … Continue reading

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Montana battle escalates; Illinois arbitrator caught trying to pull off a secret hearing

Today we’ve got some surprising–even unsettling–follow-up on cases we’ve discussed. Most recently, we took a look at increasingly heated controversy over proposed legislation to change the workers’ comp system in Montana (final item here, “In Montana, the dust is flying”).  … Continue reading

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Actions in three states exemplifies need for workers to have access to trained, experienced counsel

Do you work for a contractor? Are you a contractor? Have you had liens filed against you? Are you considering filing a lien? These are all questions worthy of answers in the world of Workers’ Compensation Last time we looked … Continue reading

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