FEBRUARY 2021 MEMBER NEWS

NAWCJ OUTREACH CALL TO ACTION As part of NAWCJ’s effort to expand outreach across the nation, we are making a request for all members to assist in this expansion. During a recent meeting of the collaboration committee and a subsequent Board meeting there was much discussion regarding participation in the various state educational conferences.  To […]

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Leave of Absence, Return to Work and Access to Medical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

By  Marianne Tancor, J.D.   In their fourth Out Front Ideas COVID-19 briefing, workers’ compensation specialists Kimberly George and Mark Walls discuss with a panel of experts the challenges faced by employers as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted and workers around the country return to work. Topics include new leave of absence laws and safety […]

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Will the new Guides be lost in Translation?

Reflections on the AMA Guides and the Recent Critiques of the New Digital Format David Langham*   I. The personal injury legal system is dependent upon medicine. People obviously require care and treatment for injuries; the dependence runs deeper however. When determining damages, the law needs a methodology for predicting future medical costs, for assessing overall function […]

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Book Review

By David B. Torrey WCJ Pittsburgh, PA HUSTLE & GIG: STRUGGLING AND SURVIVING IN THE SHARING ECONOMY by Alexandrea J. Ravenelle University of Chicago Press. 273 pp. 2019.   In this book, the author, a sociologist, undertakes a critical examination of work in the gig economy. She does so, principally, through personal interviews with workers […]

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The E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

By Wesley G. Marshall, Commissioner Richmond, VA   Thirty-some years ago the Worker’s Compensation Institute decided to demonstrate lawyer skills at the annual Worker’s Compensation Conference in Orlando. What began as a mock oral argument evolved into an annual tradition of live arguments of actual cases, heard by Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal. A […]

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