YOU WANT ME TO SEND THE CHECK WHERE?

by Nanci C. Freeman (November 4, 2014)


Every now and then a circumstance occurs that shocks the conscience and sensibilities of even the most sophisticated and savvy insured. I could not avoid noticing the utter dismay of an employer when I advised them that yes, the applicant may really be entitled to benefits despite his arrest for attempted murder.

INCARCERATION IN ITSELF DOES NOT CONSTITUTE GOOD CAUSE TO FORGO THE PAYMENT OF BENEFITS.

Along with events like pregnancy and being drafted into the military, incarceration falls into a category referred to as “intervening events.” An arrest and/or incarceration does not in and of itself justify terminating liability to pay temporary disability.

What Scandinavian Drug Traffickers Have to Do with Workers’ Comp

by Reuthana Tap (November 4, 2014)



It has likely happened to you.  You are at a deposition and sitting across from you is applicant and her attorney.  After finishing the admonitions, you ask applicant to produce documentation confirming her identity.  With fear in her eyes and sweat beading across her forehead, she nervously turns to her attorney.  Suddenly, like a bat out of hell, the applicant’s attorney rises from his chair, vehemently objects and recites with pride and verbatim the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.  Thereafter, he advises applicant against providing any identification, thus preventing you from verifying applicant actually is who she purports to be.

Herein lies the problem:  Who the applicant purports to be may also be a Scandinavian Drug Trafficker listed as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”) with the Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC.”) [1]