Macey Swanson and Allman partner Richard Swanson spoke at the 22nd Annual Worker’s Compensation Seminar, which is organized by the Indiana Workers Compensation Institute (IWCI) and the Indiana Self-Insurers Association (ISIA). This seminar took place August 7-8 at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Swanson was part of a panel discussion on presenting cases to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board.
Mr. Swanson also recently presented at the California Applicants&rsquo... Read more →
According to a recent release by the U.S. Department of Labor, workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older workers. In the U.S., a teenage worker is injured on the job every nine minutes. In 2011 alone, at least 331 young workers were killed on the job and another 106,170 were injured.
All workers, regardless of age, should be aware of their right to a safe workplace. To further that goal, the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) has crea... Read more →
In Indiana, most employers must carry workers compensation insurance. Under IC 22-3-2-22, information about this insurance must be posted in a conspicuous place in the employer’s place of business. It must include the name, address and telephone number of the insurance company or the person who administers the insurance. Employers who fail to post this information may be subject to a civil penalty.
If your company has not posted this important information, that may... Read more →
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employee who has reached maximum medical improvement for a work-related injury may still be entitled to further payments for future palliative care in order to “limit or reduce the amount and extent of the employee’s impairment.”
In this particular case, Randall Perkins v. Jayco, Inc., a three judge panel found that the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board erred when it affirmed the decision of a single hearing boa... Read more →
Macey Swanson and Allman partner Richard Swanson will present a session titled “Cost Effective Hearing Preparation of a Denied Worker’s Compensation Claim” at the ICLEF Worker’s Compensation Seminar on November 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. Seminar attendees can earn up to six CLE credits.
Mr. Swanson has also recently presented at the 31st Annual Labor-Management Relations Seminar, held in June 2011 in Indianapolis, IN and at the SEAK Workers’ Compensa... Read more →
As previously mentioned, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) is the subject of new legislation in an effort to bring it up to date. To this end, a congressional hearing was held on July 26, 2011 by the United States Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia on the newly proposed legislation.
An archived video of the hearing can be viewed here.
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Although the NFL lockout has drawn national attention, not much has been given to one of the sticking points between management and the players – worker’s compensation. Traditionally, retired players have preferred to file worker’s compensation claims in California, which is allowed if they can show that they played a game in that state, even if their home team is not based in California.
Team owners want players to have to file worker’s compensation cl... Read more →
On July 8, 2011, Representative Kline (R-MN), joined by Representative Miller (D -CA), Representative Walberg (R-MI) and Representative Woolsey (D-CA), filed H.R. 2465, the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act. This act would change several portions of the current Federal Workers’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) in an effort to bring it more in line with the current needs of federal employees.
Some of the changes to FECA proposed in the bill in... Read more →
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently overturned a decision of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board denying continued coverage of a prescription for an injured employee in the case of Albright v. Four Winds, Int’l. The injured employee had been prescribed a drug for pain relief from an orthopedic injury that could also be used to treat depression.
The Board had decided that the employer was not responsible for paying for indefinite use of the drug because the employer had n... Read more →
The recently concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly enacted several changes to Indiana's Worker's Compensation Act that will go into effect on July 1, 2011. Included in these are:• All members of the Indiana Worker's Compensation Board must now be attorneys licensed to practice in Indiana• Mediation may be used by the Board as a means of resolving claims• Employers may be required to provide proof of insurance for worker's compensation and occupational disease claims... Read more →