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Ohio Supreme Court Denies Permanent Partial Award in Workers’ Compensation PTD Claims
On National Law Review - December 26, 2016

The Ohio Industrial Commission does not have authority to award an injured worker permanent partial disability (PPD) compensation when the worker has been previously found to be permanently and totally disabled (PTD) in the same claim. On December 8, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court held that an injured worker cannot receive PPD when there had been a prior award of PTD in the same claim.

Illinois Supreme Court clarifies snow-shoveling laws protections for property owners
On Chicago Tribune - December 25, 2016

Property owners can take comfort, but shouldn't lapse into negligence, now that the Illinois Supreme Court has clarified a 1979 state law protecting them from some slip-and-fall lawsuits.
The high court reaffirmed earlier this month that the Snow and Ice Removal Act shields property owners from liability if someone gets hurt because they didn't do a good enough job of shoveling, but only when the snow or ice was the result of natural conditions.

New research shows impact of underlying conditions on workers’ compensation claims
On Property Casualty 360 - December 20, 2016

Claims involving comorbidities are often associated with higher costs and increased duration, but the latest research from Harbor Health Systems undeniably demonstrates the impact comorbidities have on claims outcomes. Based on this research analyzing more than 7,000 workers’ compensation claims, claims associated with comorbid conditions experienced longer claims duration, higher medical costs, more temporary total disability (TTD) days and increased litigation and surgery rates. These findings were recently presented at the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference (NWCDC), in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Avoiding Stale Products Liability Claims: Why NJ Should Enact a Statute of Repose
On New Jersey Law Journal - December 12, 2016

Nothing should last forever, especially lawsuits and stale claims. But a stale claim is exactly what New Jersey permits in products liability litigation. New Jersey law requires all personal injury and products liability actions to be brought within two years of the date of accrual of the cause of action. See N.J.S.A. 2A:14-2(a). To determine the date of accrual, courts apply a "discovery rule"; thus, a person has two years from the date he or she knew or reasonably should have known that he or she might have a basis for a claim. SeeLopez v. Swyer, 62 N.J. 267, 273-74 (1973).

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