September 11, 2012

New Worker Comp Case

Here is a new opinion from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on the Subsequent Injury Fund. I'm not a workers comp lawyer although we end up dealing with comp spillover issues in our liability case.

Here's the opinion.

August 20, 2009

Legal Services for Sex

The Associated Press reports that a domestic lawyer in Sacramento pled no contest to four counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual contact.

The prosecutor's allegations were incredible. This divorce lawyer told clients that he had a pharmacy degree and would touch them under the auspices of performing medical procedures during consultations, which, of course, are always necessary to get for a divorce lawyer. In one instance, he allegedly offered to reduce a client's bill by $5,000 if she had sex with him.

Are you kidding me? $5,000? This guy gave up a viable insanity defense.

I would like to know whether that is $5,000 off a future bill he intended to pad or whether he was actually offering to reduce the bill.

August 18, 2008

Maryland Workers Compensation Claims: A New Study

Maryland workers' compensation claims have been growing rapidly but Maryland’s comp system is still an efficient system compared to other states, according to two new studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, a non profit that looks a workers’ compensation issues.

The major driver was rapid growth in average medical payments per claim. But when compared to nine other states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin), researchers found that Maryland provides the best value both for employers and injured workers. This was true in spite of the fact that Maryland’s workers comp process typically – according to the study - requires Maryland workers compensation lawyers and, relatively speaking, a great deal of paperwork. Specifically, the study found that defense lawyers were involved in Maryland much more often than most other states. However, workers compensation payments per claim to defense lawyers were the lowest of the 14 study states.

The bad new is that the Maryland workers compensation system also takes a little bit long for injured workers in Maryland to get their money. The first indemnity payment was longer in Maryland than in other jurisdictions even though Maryland has quick speed of injury reporting, the average time from notice to getting a check was the longest of any state as several state labor organizations.