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  Membership in the AWCO offers a number of professional and social opportunities annually to interact with other workers’ compensation professionals. The highlight of the year is the annual AWCO Spring Conference where its members come together for three days of education, fun, and fellowship. Membership is only $75 if paid prior to February 27, 2019.  After that, the annual fee goes up to $150.  Once you are an AWCO member, the Spring Conference is…
For all injuries occurring on and after July 1, 2015, the maximum workers’ compensation payable was raised to $813 per week, and the minimum was raised to $224 per week. This change was based on the Commissioner of Labor’s determination that the State’s average weekly wage for 2014 was $812.96. ABOUT THE AUTHOR This article was written by Charley M. Drummond, Esq. of Fish Nelson & Holden, LLC. Fish Nelson & Holden is a law…
On June 19, 2014, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its second opinion inGoodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bush (). The first time around the Court of Appeals addressed several issues. On appeal the first time the Court of Appeals remanded the case to the trial court since it had not issued findings of fact and conclusions of law to support it’s finding that the employee’s knee injury affected the use and…
The below article is re-published with permission from its author, John Geaney. It was originally published on April 9, 2015 on Mr. Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Comp Blog (http://njworkerscompblog.com). —————- SCENARIO ONE: An employee has a preexisting arthritic knee condition that his personal physician says will require imminent knee replacement. Three months later this employee steps off a truck at work feeling pain in the knee. He reports the incident to his employer,…
On April 2, 2015, Alabama Republican State Senators Del Marsh and Cam Ward submitted Senate Bill 330, which proposes drastic reforms to The Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. If the legislature passes SB-330 and Governor Bentley signs it into law, it would be the biggest change to the Act since the 1992 Amendments.�_The major proposed changes are outlined below. MY TWO CENTS: The last time we saw this many proposed changes to the Alabama Workers’ Compensation…
On March 20, 2015, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Good Hope Contracting Company, Inc. v. McCall wherein it upheld an order compelling medical treatment but reversed an award of attorney’s fees.���_ At the trial court level, evidence was presented that the authorized pain management doctor recommended a steroid injection.���_�_The request was sent to utilization review (UR) and it was determined not to be medically necessary by an orthopedic surgeon with…
On February 27, 2015, the Alabama Court of Appeals released its decision in Ex parte Fairhope Health & Rehab, LLC. The facts of the case were as follows: The plaintiff, Lula Durgin worked as a nursing home activities director for Fairhope Health & Rehab. One day, while preparing to take a group of nursing home residents to the local Wal-Mart, she climbed into the driver’s seat of her employer’s van. Durgin alleged that in February…