Legal News Articles - Workers Compensation
After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages
June 5, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fresno, CA: Long-time valued Chipotle General Manager Jeanette Ortiz was accused of stealing $626 dollars from her employer, but when she asked to see the surveillance footage of the alleged incident, her supervisors refused and destroyed the footage. Subsequently, she went out on medical leave for a work-related injury, and was terminated while out on leave. The pretext for her firing was the alleged theft. After a jury found Ortiz’s account of retaliatory termination persuasive, awarding her $7.9 million in damages, Chipotle Mexican Grill quickly settled the California labor lawsuit for an undisclosed amount to avoid what likely would have been a punitive damages award up to nine times as much as the $7.9 million compensatory damages award.Read [ After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages ]
December 1, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Denver, CO: Anyone in need of, or thinking about filing a Colorado Denied Workers Comp Claim would be wise to remain conversant with applicable laws, requirements and updates to statutes in concert with an attorney to ensure you haven’t inadvertently hamstrung your claim by missing a deadline, or dropping the ball on various requirements. Provided you sought the advice and expertise of a qualified attorney for guidance early in the process, a denied claim has a good chance of being reversed considering you had all your ducks in a row.Read [ Handy Guidance for Colorado Workers’ Compensation ]
November 29, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Houston, TX: An asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit that hits close to home for those in the legal profession appeared, earlier this month to be in limbo and caught between a workers’ compensation claim, and whether or not the subject of the asbestos lawsuit was indeed, an employee and thus qualified for worker’s compensation.Read [ Asbestos Mesothelioma Victim Was a Sitting Judge in Texas ]
October 29, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Olympia, WA: In Washington State, it appears there’s a bit more to worry about for Washingtonians beyond the potential for a situation that may result in a Washington State workers comp lawsuit, or a WA denied workers comp claim. The greater issue appears to be a continued rise in premiums that makes Washington state amongst the most expensive regions in the US for claims.Read [ Denial of Benefits May not be the Only Problem Plaguing WA Workers Comp ]
August 25, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Tallahassee, FL: It comes as no surprise that any Florida worker requiring Workers’ Compensation for a job-related injury only to experience the headache and heartbreak of a Florida denied workers compensation claim, resorts to a Florida workers comp lawsuit. In fact, legal experts note that Florida is such an employer-friendly State; a good lawyer is almost a prerequisite to a successful workers’ compensation claim given that the odds are stacked against the employee.Read [ Qualified Attorney Important for Florida Workers’ Compensation Claims ]
July 30, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Chicago, IL: A unique Illinois Workers Compensation lawsuit has been quietly percolating through the courts of Illinois. At stake are two claims for workers compensation benefits filed by a personal assistant for an individual with disabilities. At the heart of the Illinois denied workers compensation claim, is an interpretation under Illinois law as to who is, or is not an employee of the state.Read [ Duality Observed in Illinois Cause for Confusion, but Plaintiff Benefits Nonetheless ]
June 7, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Minneapolis, MN Individuals dealing with social security, workers compensation benefits, or short or long term disability claims are often faced with a flurry of forms. Answering an insurance company’s request for information in what is usually referred to as a Proof of Disability letter can be terrifying.Read [ The Best Strategy for Dealing with Proof of Disability Letters ]
May 6, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
Denver, CO: Many state legislatures in the US spent the first quarter considering reform proposals that increased coverage for first responders who suffer mental stress injuries, according to Business Insurance.Read [ State Legislatures on Track to Reform Workers' Compensation for First Responders ]
April 14, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Los Angeles, CA It is not unusual for an insurance company to deny a worker compensation claim. However, the words “claim denied” are not always the final outcome and it’s well worth asking a few more questions before accepting that decision.Read [ Denied Workers Compensation Claims Always Deserve a Second Opinion ]
March 28, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Los Angeles, CA It’s a bargain made long ago with the men and women who run towards danger when the rest of us are running away from it.Read [ Retired Frontline Workers Can Make Worker Compensation Claims ]
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- Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $8.75 Million Has Only Months to Live By Gordon Gibb (Aug-21-16)
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- Appellate Court Finds for Plaintiff in Neck Injury Case By Gordon Gibb (Jan-24-13)
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- California Officer Faces Criminal Proceedings over Workman's Comp Fraud By Charles Benson (Mar-27-10)
- Settlement Announced for Ailing 9/11 Ground Zero Workers By Gordon Gibb (Mar-12-10)
- Truck Driver with Brain Injuries Earns Workers Comp By Gordon Gibb (Jan-4-10)
- EEOC Defends Workers' Compensation Leave in Court By Gordon Gibb (Nov-29-09)
- Good Samaritan Denied Workers Compensation in Arkansas By Gordon Gibb (May-31-09)
- Construction Accident Claims a Life Along Pipeline By Gordon Gibb (Apr-9-09)