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Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (10/17/17)

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Alonzie Wiggins v. Personnel Staffing Group JCC Medina-Shore: Miami District                     Order Date: September 6, 2017 OJCC Case: 15-027193                                             JCC Order: Click Here Claimant’s Counsel: Erik Grindal                       E/C’s Counsel: Stephanie Robinson Hourly Fee Awarded: $350 per hour Summary: The Employer/Carrier stipulated to Claimant Counsel’s entitlement to an E/C paid fee for securing the following […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Out of State Accidents

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Greetings, by special request, this tip will address Florida-based employee’s who are injured while working out of the state or country (due to the hurricanes or any reason). In general, if it is simply a business trip, the claimant would be considered a traveling employee and in most instances the entire trip is covered under […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – 1-time Change Clock

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Greetings, One of the JCC’s in West Palm Beach just issued a ruling on 1-time changes and when the 5-day clock starts.  This is not a 1st DCA decision, so it is not “law”, but it is an indication on how other judges might rule. As we all well know, the 1st DCA has previously […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Summaries (9/26/17)

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By:                    Ryan M. Knight – Miami Contributor:   Tara Said – Pensacola To receive daily e-mails with case law summaries, please email esantos@eralcides.com FIRST DCA ORDERS Utopia Home Care v. Beatriz Alvarez JCC Rosen: St. Petersburg District         Opinion Date: September 5, 2017 OJCC Case: 11-02908                                  Date of Accident: 4/6/2011 Claimant’s Appellate Counsel: Paulette Brown and […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Summaries (9/20/17)

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By:                    Ryan M. Knight – Miami Contributor:   Tara Said – Pensacola To receive daily e-mails with case law summaries, please email esantos@eralcides.com August 2017 Attorney’s Fees & Costs Orders   Miguel Hernandez v. Jakes Enterprises of Palm Beach JCC Owens: Port St. Lucie District                     Order Date: August 4, 2017 OJCC Case: 15-013559                                           JCC Order: […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Cost Control: Returning Employees To Work

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By: LeRyan Lambert, Senior Counsel, Atlanta A recent Gazette article discussed the financial benefits of maintaining valid and effective panels of physicians, and following panel procedure. Now, we will address another cost-controlling measure: preparing for and mitigating litigation costs by returning injured employees to work. Finding light duty accommodations can be daunting for employers. It […]

A Force to Be Reckoned With: Prosthetic Devices and Statute of Limitations Defenses

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By: Faith Searles, Associate, Tampa How familiar are you with Newton’s third law? By way of a refresher, that tenet holds, “tfor every action there is always an equal and opposite, or contrary, reaction.” While many of us likely harken back to our seventh grade science class, this law also may bring to mind many […]

Team EG Lends a Hand at Give Kids the World Service Day at WCI 2017

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By: Sean Callahan, Associate, Orlando Who wakes up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning before the sun is out, and drives to the Marriott World Center while sipping caffeine and belting out unintelligible lyrics to whatever music is being played on the radio at such an early hour (in a futile attempt to wake […]

Georgia Grapples with Medical Marijuana

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By Ashley Rudolph, Legal Intern, and George Waters, Partner, Atlanta Medical marijuana continues to be a hot topic and an emerging area of the law. While at the federal level marijuana is illegal for both medicinal and recreational purposes, state governments are beginning to take a different stance. Currently, thirty states now recognize medical cannabis, […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – 2018 Proposed WC Premium Rates

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Greetings, On Monday, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), proposed a statewide premium decrease of 9.6% for 2018 (rates would be effective 1/1/2018).  The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation now has to review the filing and there will be a public hearing in October. The rationale for the premium decrease is that claim frequency […]