Workers’ Compensation & Employers’ Liability Article Archives

Semmes Featured in Law.com’s Legal Intelligencer Article

August, 2023 | By Todd E. Saucedo

Todd E. Saucedo and Hudson T. Sauls recently authored an article for Law.com’s Legal Intelligencer on the proposed legislation in Washington D.C. and its impact on workers’ comp claims in other jurisdictions. Todd and Hudson provided a comprehensive overview of the recent legislative changes impacting the realm of workers’ compensation in the District of Columbia.…

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New Worker’s Compensation Legislation Affects How D.C. Handles Benefits Paid and Received by a Claimant in Another Jurisdiction

January, 2023

A new emergency piece of legislation will affect how Washington, D.C., handles a credit for benefits paid and received by a workers’ compensation claimant in another jurisdiction. The new law essentially permits claimants who file in D.C. to still pursue benefits under the Act even if they have received an order/benefits from a sister jurisdiction. The…

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Marijuana Is Legal in Your State, Do the Employer and Insurer Have to Pay for It?

With no clear direction and with medical marijuana being a reasonable and necessary treatment, the states have to decide for themselves.

October, 2022 | By Barry D. Bernstein

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer  Many injured employees believe that because marijuana is legal in their state, it means that the employer and insurer will have to pay for it. This is not correct.  The Controlled Substance Act is a federal law that prohibits the use of marijuana as a scheduled I controlled substance. Therefore, the…

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Fundamental Changes In Litigation Process of West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claims Effective July 1, 2022

July, 2022 | By James S. Maloney

Effective July 1, 2022 the West Virginia Office of Judges, which was previously the first step in the litigation process following the issuance of a protestable order by the claims administrator, ceased handling new protestable orders. With any and all protestable orders issued July 1, 2022 and thereafter, the prior Board of Review replaced the…

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