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Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Update (4/6/18)

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Attorney’s Fees & Costs Orders Daniel Ruiz v. All Florida Brick Corp. JCC Medina-Shore: Miami District                     Order Date: March 1, 2018 OJCC Case: 15-024327                                         JCC Order: Click Here Claimant’s Counsel: Ivan Morales                      E/C’s Counsel: Kurt Wirsing Hourly Fee Awarded: $375/hour for Partner and $325/hour for Associates Summary: Counsel for the Employer/Carrier stipulated to fee […]

Briefly Speaking – FL Case Law Updates (3/27/18)

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JCC ORDERS Damita Sanders v. Adecco JCC Arthur: Lakeland District                             Order Date: March 12, 2018 OJCC Case: 17-006692                                        Date of Accident: December 8, 2016 Claimant’s Counsel: Joshua C. Nelson              E/C’s Counsel: Nisha D. Waranch          JCC Order: Click Here Briefly: Compensability (Repetitive Trauma) – Claimant alleged a repetitive trauma carpal tunnel injury as a result […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – Authorization Communications

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Greetings, In the past week, I have had a few issues come up with authorization letters and faxes to medical providers.  The language we use matters greatly. I know many times we use the phone to provide the initial authorization, but you should always follow up in writing, email is even fine. To the provider: […]

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Mean More Workers’ Compensation Claims

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By: Michael Arington, Associate, Jacksonville Employers and defense attorneys can expect more claims for high blood pressure because of new blood pressure guidelines from two leading medical associations. The new requirements mean more people will qualify for diagnoses of hypertension, resulting in more claims from first responders, claimants needing cardiac clearance for surgery, and claimant […]

Holiday Party Claims: Yea or Nay?

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By: Marcus Rodriguez, Associate, Orlando The holidays–we all love when the time of year comes around for end of year parties and company functions. Now that the season is over, the claims for compensability may be rolling in. While many understand that workers’ compensation policies protect employees who are injured within the course and scope […]

Medical Marijuana Update for Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

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By: Zal Linder, Partner, and Ashley Rudolph, Associate, Atlanta With the growing trend of more and more states allowing for the use of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, it is worth taking a closer look at the current status of the law on this issue. Under O.C.G.A. § 16-12-191, Georgia only allows the use of […]

Morgan’s Tip of the Week – SOL

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Greetings, The 1st DCA just issued a good ruling regarding the Statute of Limitations, Ring Power Corp. v. Murphy, 17-1316. In this case, the claimant had a fusion with rods and screws in 2006.  He last had treatment in 2013, and when he filed a PFB in 2016, the Employer/Carrier denied the claim as the […]

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 […]