How Can the Alleged Improper Handling of a Workers’ Compensation Claim be a Violation of the Rico (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act?

Brown, et al v. Cassens Transport, et al No. 08a0385 The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth District (Michigan), acting on a remand from the United States Supreme Court, has held that employees may have an action based on the civil provisions of the RICO Act.  This may be an important decision which could affect

Employer’s Action Dismissed Against the Defendant Physician Who Failed to Disclose Prior Medical Condition

Hollywood Trucking v. Roger Watters, et al No. 5-06-0231 Hollywood Trucking, Inc. is an interstate motor carrier located in Illinois with its operations regulated by the DOT.  The statute requires each motor carrier to investigate and make inquiries with respect to the physical and medical condition of the driver.  The statute reads: The medical examiner

Employee Is Not Entitled to Collect TTD Benefits After He Voluntarily Removes Himself From The Work Force for Reasons Unrelated to His Injury

Interstate Scaffolding v. Workers’ Compensation Commission, et al No. 3-07-0801WC In a recent appellate court decision, Interstate Scaffolding, Inc. v. The Workers’ Compensation Commission, the court had occasion to consider a novel issue holding that an employee who voluntarily removes himself for unrelated reasons is not entitled to collect TTD. Jeff Urban was employed by

Dual Capacity Claim Rejected

Romana Kolacki v. Laura Verink, et al No. 3-07-0325 Ramona Kolacki sustained injury to her head when kicked by a horse at her employment with Silvercrest Veterinary Services, Limited.  Randall Verink is the sole owner of Silvercrest and works for Silvercrest as a veterinarian.  Randall and his wife, co-defendant Laura Verink, owned property in Will

Borrowing Employer Ordered to Reimburse Loaning Employer for Workers’ Compensation Benefits Paid

Surestaff v. Open Kitchens No. 1-06-3225 In the summer of 2003, Surestaff, a day labor service, and Open Kitchens, a food service company, which provided meals to various identities in the Chicago Public School and the Chicago Housing Authority, entered into an agreement where Open Kitchens would provide additional workers for the summer lunch program. 

Limitation of Two-Physician Rule Not Applicable When Second Physician Had Not Requested Payment

Comfort Masters v. Workers’ Compensation No. 1-07-1951WC As we all know, Section 8(a) of the Act describes the so-called two-physician rule.  Subsections 8(a)(2) and (a)(3) provides as follows: [T]he employer’s liability to pay for *** medical services selected by the employee shall be limited to: *** (2) all medical, surgical and hospital services provided by

When a “Sale” of a Lien Amounts to a Recovery of the Compensation Lien

Evans v. Doherty Construction, et al No. 1-07-1455 On April 25, 2008, the First District Appellate Court, Fifth Division, decided the case ofMichael Evans vs. Doherty Construction, et al. which has ramifications for any employer who attempts to assign a workers’ compensation lien to avoid potential third party liability and still recover a portion of

Flight Attendant’s Reimbursement of Expenses Is Not Included in the Average Weekly Wage

United Airlines, Inc. v. Workers’ Compensation Commission No. 1-07-1316WC Mary Ritter in 1998, employed by United Airlines as a flight attendant, suffered two work-related accidents.  The first occurred on August 27, 1998 when she sustained an injury to her back and the second on September 9, 2000 when she re-injured the back and never returned

Temporary Total Disability Payments Made During FMLA Leave Period Did Not Prevent Termination of Employment at Conclusion of Twelve-Week FMLA Period

Dotson v. BRP US Incorporated, et al No. 07-1375 Brian Dotson, employee of BRP US, Inc. was terminated from his employment after filing a workers’ compensation claim.  In support of the termination, the employer relied on the fact that Dotson’s absence from work exceeded the amount of time allotted by the Family and Medical Leave

Petitioner Denied Specific Loss Award in Addition to Two-Member Permanent Total Disability Benefits

Beelman Trucking v. Workers’ Compensation Commission On April 19, 1995, Jack Carson, a truck driver employed by Beelman Trucking, was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident resulting in severe and permanent injuries.  He suffered a burst fracture at C5-6 resulting in a complete loss of use of both legs and the near complete paralysis