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Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Impairment Ratings

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  Greetings, according to the Fla Admin code, medical providers in Fla Workers’ Comp are to use the 1996 Florida Impairment rating schedule to determine impairment ratings.  I’ve attached a link below to the actual guides.   Often we see issues arise in this area, and if the rating looks off, we should always check.  […]

Morgan’s Tip of The Week – Mind The Gap

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Greetings, An issue often comes up on claims where there is a gap in treatment, resulting in a gap in indemnity benefits.   The most common ones I see are: Gap between the initial hospital visit (without restrictions being addressed) and the clmt being seen at a walk-in clinic. Gap between the date of accident and […]

Spotlight on Dawn Traverso, Esquire

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By: Ryan Knight, Associate, Miami Like so many other law school graduates, I came into private practice thinking I knew everything there was to know. I thought the more aggressive I was and the louder I yelled, the better attorney it made me. Then, I had the opportunity to work with Dawn Traverso, my boss […]

Costs and Fees: The Latest Loophole

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By: Michael Quiggins, Partner, Tallahassee Have you ever coasted into your driveway after a long day at the office, only to realize much to your dismay that you just spent 30 minutes successfully traversing the perils of city traffic (and perhaps more) without a single conscious thought to speak of? Some neuroscientists suggest that the […]

Important Case Law Updates in Georgia

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By: Laura Ogg, Senior Counsel, Atlanta Two important decisions came out from the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia in October: Ocmulgee EMC v. McDuffie and Sanchez v. Carter. In Ocmulgee, the court found  that an employer need not show the availability of suitable employment to justify a suspension of […]

FS 440.13(2)(a) and the Right to Select Authorized Physicians

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By Sean M. Jordan, Associate, Orlando An authorized treating physician will often refer a claimant to a specialist (e.g. orthopedist, neurologist) and name a specific physician (e.g., Dr. Smith). When this occrus, the employer/carrier must determine whether they have to authorize the named physician, Dr. Smith, or whether they can utilize their statutory right to […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Recorded Statement Wish List

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Greetings, I have the pleasure of reviewing my new files over the weekend, so I usually get to read a few initial/recorded statements.  And I know in all practicality, adjusters are pressed for time, but in general there are a few things I wish would be consistently asked in all recorded statements: Confirmation of competence […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Update (1/19/18)

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Edward Webb v. Quality Stone JCC Clark: Ft. Myers District                              Order Date: January 2, 2018 OJCC Case: 16-023827                                       Date of Accident: November 4, 2013 Claimant’s Counsel: Bill B. Berke                    E/C’s Counsel: Daniel R. Goodman JCC Order: Click […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Update (1/17/18)

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December 2017 Attorney Fee Orders       Keisa Pickron-Rudd v. Progressive Employer Management Co. JCC Walker: Panama City District                                  Order Date: December 1, 2017 OJCC Case: 16-023812                                                     JCC Order: Click Here Claimant’s Counsel: Christopher R. Cumberland     E/C’s Counsel: Matthew W. Bennett Hourly Fee Awarded: $275 per hour Summary: Judge Walker meticulously […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Settling Claims

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Greetings, Despite the return of hourly claimant’s attorney fees, it seems that adjusters are still able to settle some claims directly with the claimant or even the claimant’s attorney.  While that is great, we have to make sure all the details are hammered out at the time of the settlement being agreed to…or they are […]