I am a certified mediator and I recently mediated a workers' compensation claim for some local lawyers. The injured worker in the case alleged that she hurt her foot on a piece of equipment at work. Her supervisor claimed that the woman told the supervisor that she had gotten hurt at home. Normally, this type of dispute would be a "swearing match" with both people testifying under oath in court, and the Deputy Commissioner would have to figure out who was telling the truth. Having a document to clarify the facts either way is a big help in this kind of situation.
Workers' Comp is normally not very sexy, but two news stories came out this week involving sex and workers' comp........
It looks like the Legislature has reconsidered and will reverse its earlier decision to hide insurance coverage information from the public.
Even though there are thousands of employers committing workers' compensation fraud in this State every year by failing to purchase workers' compensation insurance, our legislature has now made it a lot harder to find out if an employer is complying with the law.