Self Defense

Jake Johnson represented a client in Denver District Court who was charged with multiple felonies including DUI, Assault in the 1st Degree and Vehicular Assault. The charges stemmed from a social event at his residence where there was a fight and in his efforts to remove himself from the situation he ran over one and [...]

Self Defense 2019-10-02T11:55:02+00:00

Permanent Total Disability

Christin Bechmann successfully defended a permanent total disability (PTD) claim before the Labor Commission. The petitioner had a shoulder injury with the employer and subsequently claimed he could no longer work within his restrictions of 25 pound lifting on an occasional basis. The medical panel determine the petitioner had a 30 pound lifting restriction with [...]

Permanent Total Disability 2019-10-02T12:00:51+00:00

Compensability/Statute of Limitations

Christin Bechmann successfully defended a complex claim which took two days to complete before the Labor Commission. The claim involved an alleged injury for exposure to toxic chemicals. In this case, that toxic chemical was sulfuric acid. The injured worker made a claim against two prior employers. The first employer he had worked with for [...]

Compensability/Statute of Limitations 2019-10-02T12:00:08+00:00

Permanent Total Disability

Jessica Grimes successfully defended a permanent total disability (PTD) claim involving a claimant who was a long term employee (27 years) and had sedentary to light restrictions after three lumbar surgeries. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) credited the testimony of respondents’ independent medical examination (IME) and vocational evaluator, especially after concessions of the claimant’s vocational [...]

Permanent Total Disability 2019-10-02T11:55:34+00:00

Compensability/Death Benefits

In a case involving death benefits related to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, Amanda Branson relied on nationally respected experts in this highly complex area to successfully defend the claim before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The dependent was alleging the decedent was exposed to asbestos while working for the employer, culminating in the decedent’s death. [...]

Compensability/Death Benefits 2019-10-02T11:58:00+00:00

Compensability

Eric Pollart and Paul Foltz successful overcame the opinion of the Division IME before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The Division IME had issued a rating based on his opinion that the claimant’s diagnosis was simply “pain.” The ALJ ultimately credited respondent’s evidence that this is contrary to the provisions of the Colorado Workers’ Compensation [...]

Compensability 2019-10-02T11:59:30+00:00

Utah – Compensability: Importance of an IME

The petitioner brought a claim against the employer for alleged injuries to his neck and bilateral shoulders during the period of December 2015 to January 2016 due to repetitive activity under an accident theory. He alleged a second injury to his low back for a work incident that occurred on April 27, 2016. Respondent insurer [...]

Utah – Compensability: Importance of an IME 2019-05-31T14:06:06+00:00

Utah – Medical Benefits: Pain Does Not Mean a Causal Relationship

Claimant had previously litigated compensability of her injury, asserting that, she began to feel a pain in her right shoulder with a popping sensation halfway through her shift. Claimant underwent rotator cuff repair surgery and was released to full duty less than a year after her date of injury. It was ordered by an Administrative [...]

Utah – Medical Benefits: Pain Does Not Mean a Causal Relationship 2019-05-31T15:42:50+00:00

Colorado Compensability: Inconsistent Testimony Means Dismissal of Claim

In a claim recently successfully defended by Brad Miller and Hayleigh Lidbury, the Administrative Law judge (ALJ) denied and dismissed an alleged mid-back injury due to claimant’s inconsistent testimony as confirmed by prior-medical records. Claimant was working on a line at a factory when she went to reach for the next item and felt a [...]

Colorado Compensability: Inconsistent Testimony Means Dismissal of Claim 2019-05-31T14:03:20+00:00

Compensability – Pain at Work Not Sufficient to Establish Compensability

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied and dismissed claim where the mechanism of injury stated by the claimant was not injurious in nature. The claimant worked as an installation technician for the employer. The ALJ found the claimant’s testimony, that he felt pain in his knee when he stood up from a squatted position while [...]

Compensability – Pain at Work Not Sufficient to Establish Compensability 2019-05-31T13:59:36+00:00