News Digest 11-4-2019

Quote of the day

“This is a hot issue across the nation and the problem is these [medical] financing companies are believed by defense counsel to be shills for false medical, and I think this case says in this instance—just MedFin—that they are.”

Carl Kolb, attorney Lawyer


Oregon appeals court denies teacher’s workers’ comp claim for fall in parking lot

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled against a teacher who broke her ankle when she slipped on ice in a Bend elementary school parking lot, under the state’s “going and coming” rule. Although an exception to the rule exists for parking lots, the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board found that it did not apply because the employer had no control over the parking lot where the injury occurred. East Oregonian


Texas case raises questions about plaintiffs’ medical financing

A lawsuit involving a San Antonio man, who was riding as a passenger in his employer’s vehicle in 2013 when a commercial truck rear-ended the vehicle, raises questions about whether medical financing companies are flaunting rules governing medical expenses plaintiffs can lawfully recover. Lawyer


Hearing over discovery ahead of potential legal action imminent

A worker who was injured operating an an egg roll mixing machine at a southern Illinois food manufacturing and filed a workers’ compensation claim has asked for pre-suit discovery prior to filing further legal action against others involved in the making and maintenance of the machine. The food company is being asked to reveal the identity of the manufacturer, distributor, and maintenance personnel. Madison – St. Clair Record


Cincinnati woman convicted of workers’ comp fraud

Following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, a 57-year-old Cincinnati woman has been convicted of misrepresenting her disabled status and continuing to receive disability benefits while running two businesses. She has been ordered to repay more than $40,000. ABC 6 [with video]