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Workers’ Compensation & Employers’ Liability Article Archives

New Workers’ Compensation Rates for 2018

January, 2018 | By Julie D. Murray

The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission has set the new workers’ compensation rates for 2018.

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New Maryland Workers’ Compensation Legislation Goes Into Effect

October, 2017 | By Julie D. Murray

Four new laws have gone into effect as of October 1, 2017, that impact Employers and Insurers in Maryland.

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Client Alert: The Importance of Promptly Denying Medical Bills Upon Receipt of the Form CMS-1500

February, 2017 | By Michael S. Fox

Recently, I had an opportunity to assist with the handling of a case wherein a medical provider was seeking payment of medical bills which we contend were properly denied; however, the provider was relying upon a narrow interpretation of the COMAR regulations to argue that we waived the right to contest the bills. Specifically, in…

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Decision in Simms Calls Virginia “Horseplay Doctrine” Into Question

September, 2009 | By Kathryn Lea Harman

On July 28, 2009, the Virginia office of Semmes won an appellate decision in Simms v. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., that could spell the end of the “horseplay doctrine” in Virginia Workers’ Compensation cases. Prior to Simms, the question in claims brought by employees injured by other employees was whether the injured employee was a participant in or an innocent victim of horseplay. A claimant able to prove that he was not a participant thereby established that his injury “arose out of” his employment, and that he was entitled to compensation.

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