By Texas Watch There is a quaint notion that insurance companies make sound decisions based on personal interactions with policyholders. But, big insurance companies have become highly automated, able to rely on digital profiling to underwrite and set rates, proprietary databases to compile customer information, and black box logarithms to underpay claims. Neighborhood agents, trained…

The small southeastern town of Opp, Alabama is known for its annual Rattlesnake Rodeo.  Recently a worker in southwest Alabama was seriously injured after being bitten by a rattlesnake.  Obviously rattlesnakes are dangerous.  Does it benefit your employer if you try to remove a snake from your workplace?  It depends. Some will recall the words…

Appellate Courts “Grappling” with Conflicting High Court Decisions By Heather Scofield, Reporter (WorkCompCentral.Com) The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday reinstated a trial court decision in favor of a worker who claimed he injured his back while at work, but the long, circuitous route that was required to bring resolution to that case will likely stand…

APPEAL & ERROR: Appellate Review. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: Causation. Windell Caldwell sued West Fraser, Inc., seeking workers’ compensation benefits for a back injury. At a hearing on that claim, Caldwell testi- fied that he was working on December 17, 2009, and he was assigned the task of replacing “knives” in a mulching machine. In order to…

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Senator Arthur Orr represents District 3 which consists of Limestone, Madison, Morgan Counties in northern Alabama.  Sen. Orr has indicated he will be introducing a bill in the next legislative session to make changes to Alabama’s workers’ compensation law.   He says the changes will help in job creation.  The truth is, they will help insurance…

Many will remember “Liar Liar” the 1997 comedy starring Jim Carrey. In the movie, a lawyer lies to win his cases, at the expense of his family, career and self. Eventually he learns that honesty is the best policy. As the Proverbs tell us, “The Lord hates dishonest scales but accurate weights are His delight.”…

Here is a link to the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. Remember that decisions of the Alabama Supreme Court and Alabama Court of Civil Appeals interpret and apply the Act every week, so reading the language of the Act itself isn’t the end of the story. Read the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act Here

Senate Removes Louisiana Judge By JENNIFER STEINHAUER The Senate on Wednesday found Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court in Louisiana guilty on four articles of impeachment, the first time the Senate has removed a federal judge from the bench in more than two decades. Judge Porteous was impeached by the House in…