News Digest 6-4-2020

Quote of the day

“This piece of legislation is crucial for the mental health of our 911 operators and dispatchers.”

Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer

Colorado Politics




Bill to expand Colorado worker’s comp for PTSD headed to governor

The Colorado House passed a bipartisan senate bill that would to entitle criminal justice first-responders, including dispatchers, for workers compensation. The new law would cover criminal justice employees who hear or see the aftermath of a death or serious injuries on the job and receive a post traumatic stress disorder from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist. Colorado Politics


Illinois: Workers’ comp and permanent partial disability benefits

Where an employee is awarded permanent partial disability benefits, those benefits are due as they accrue and not as a lump-sum absent a showing before the court that a lump-sum payment is in the best interest of the parties, Illinois 1st District Appellate Court has ruled. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin


Massachusetts: Workers’ compensation case involves credibility, impeachment

Where an insurer was ordered to pay benefits for an employee’s work-related knee injury, a remand must be ordered because the insurer was denied due process when its attempts to impeach the employee’s testimony were blocked. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly


Florida doctor loses state contract over his past

The state of Florida cut ties last week with a physician who had been involved in several COVID-19 testing sites after the Tampa Bay Times posed questions about the physician’s past. In 2017, the physician started a company that provides primary care and services for accident recovery, workers’ comp and injuries. The company was hounded by negative reviews on Google in the past couple weeks. Tampa Bay Times