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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 […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Yes, No & Maybe

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Greetings, I am working on a new CEU outline called “Whoops I did it again!  Common Mistakes in Litigation”.   One of the common mistakes I am seeing is equivocal responses to PFB’s that don’t really say yes or no as to whether the benefit will be provided. A “maybe” type answer is not agreeing to […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Summaries (8/14/17)

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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 July 2017 Attorney Fees & Costs Orders Rodobaldo Rodriguez v. City of Hialeah JCC Kerr: Miami District                          Order Date: July 10, 2017 OJCC Case: 14-029262                              JCC Order: Click Here Claimant’s Counsel: […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – 120 Day Rule

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Greetings, earlier this week the 1st DCA heard oral arguments in a case involving MCC and the 120 day rule.  The case is Williams v. Tampa Electric, OJCC # 15-029577, and we do not have a decision yet. The issue in the case is one that comes up often, so I wanted to address it.  […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (7/31/17)

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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   JCC Orders Willis Burton v. Meyer’s Warehouse and Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance JCC Stephenson: West Palm Beach District      Order Date: July 12, 2017 OJCC Case: 16-005790                                         Date of Accident: 11/05/2015 Claimant’s Counsel: Michael Celeste           […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – 1st DCA Expands “Fraud”

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Greetings, last week the 1st DCA expanded the misrepresentation “fraud” defense in Foods v. Howard (1D16-1789). (Click Here) In this case, there was no dispute that the claimant was involved in an accident while operating a front-end loader.  However he did not seek any medical attention until after he had been terminated , two months […]