Another State's workers' compensation story hits close to home. This story from NPR news, details the painful account of Terry Cawthorn. A veteran employee of more than twenty years at Misson Hospital in Ashville, North Carolina, Cawthorn was injured at work through no fault of her own while transferring a patient from a bed to a stretcher. That injury would later give way to a lumbar interbody fusion, as well as a spinal cord stimulator. Despite the obvious severity of the injury, Misson refused to help claiming that the injury had actually occurred at home while "lifting a casserole out of her oven." To add insult to injury, Cawthorn was delivered termination papers - while she still lay in the hospital recovering from the back surgery. When NPR investigated the possible reasons for a seemingly clear-cut case, they found a simple reason for Misson's behavior: money. "The view is, for every dollar I prevent going to a going to [workers' compensation] that's more dollars for the company."
Recently, we blogged that cessations are coming. Thus, predictably, we have had an increase of claimants who have received Notices of Cessation seeking assistance to retain their benefits. What does this mean?
On December 19, 2014 Governor John Kasich signed legislation setting regulations on the use of red light and speed enforcement cameras in the state of Ohio. Senate Bill 342, which goes into effect 90 days after the governor signed the legislation, requires a police officer to be present at camera locations as a witness to all red light and speed enforcement violations.
Once a claim for disability is filed, regardless of whether you have hired an attorney or not, there are certain things you can expect while awaiting the outcome of your claim.
These days, most people use some form of social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Often, we post about our daily lives or activities we are involved in without giving much thought as to who is viewing our comments or pictures. A common misconception among social media users is that only "friends" we have invited to see our posts, view our photos or receive our tweets will see them.
Every so often I receive a call from a former client that I represented in a Bankruptcy case complaining about a creditor attempting to collect a debt discharged in the client's case. I understand that mistakes happen. Information does not get to the proper party. Computers malfunction. However, it is frustrating when the actions of a creditor could be remedied by better training and/or instruction.
The Federal Prosecutors in New York have brought charges against the employees of a suburban Atlanta debt collection firm that collected more than $4 million from 6000 victims over a 4 1/2 year period. A story in the Toledo Blade outlined how the employees told victims that they were employed by various government agencies and that they would be arrested if they did not call back or pay amounts demanded. The Company also used documents that gave the appearance that they were delivered from official government offices.
What if you're injured at work and you had not clocked in yet, began work for the day, or were injured while in transit. Is it covered under workers' compensation?
The new head of the Veterans Administration announced he may fire up to 1000 people today as he begins a long needed restructuring. Read the story for all the details.
It has been speculated and rumors have flown about the activities of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Special Investigations Unit, commonly referred to as the "fraud squad". For years people have questioned whether there were quotas within the system and performance incentives that drove the investigators to pursue allegations of fraud without foundation. In a recent investigative report the allegations have proven to be true.