Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Posts

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Destroys Compensation Carrier’s Ability To Initiate Filing Of Third-Party Action

A long-standing political tug-of-war over whether a workers’ compensation carrier can initiate a third-party subrogation lawsuit and protect its subrogation rights under § 319 has ended with a disappointing Supreme Court decision. On November 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court … Learn More

Minnesota Clarifies Third-Party Allocation Procedure When The Employer Is Negligent

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has confirmed how a third-party tort recovery is to be apportioned procedurally when the employer is found to be comparatively at fault. The confusing state of affairs in Minnesota has undergone some changes in recent … Learn More

Texas Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Dealt Blow

On January 11, 2019, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion which will have a profound effect on workers’ compensation subrogation in Texas. In New Hampshire Insurance Company v. Rodriguez, 2019 WL 168482 (Tex. App. 2019), the court announced … Learn More

Illinois Supreme Court Opens Door To Employee Intervention After Statute of Limitations Runs

The Illinois Supreme Court has somewhat clarified an injured employee’s rights to pursue a third-party case by intervening into a third-party subrogation suit filed by the workers’ compensation carrier, even after the personal injury Statute of Limitations (“SOL”) runs. In … Learn More

New Jersey Court Confirms Workers’ Comp Carrier Can Subrogate Against No-Fault Driver

A recent New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division decision has ostensibly settled a long-standing subrogation question with regard to whether a worker’s compensation carrier is entitled to subrogation and/or reimbursement from a third-party tortfeasor who is covered by New Jersey … Learn More

New York Court Confirms Strength Of Workers’ Compensation Carrier’s Subrogation Lien

Subrogation professionals are duty-bound to maximize a workers’ compensation subrogation recovery for a workers’ compensation carrier and its insured employer, who is eager to maintain a favorable experience rating. They dream about claims in which they demand 100% of a … Learn More

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: Simple Steps To Avoid Subrogation Traps

Iowa seems like a very simple state for workers’ compensation subrogation. Subrogation rights are set forth in a single statute – I.C.A. § 85.22. It provides that either the employee or employer can file a third-party action. When the third-party … Learn More

Hector Salitrero To Present NASP Webinar On Overcoming Obstacles to Workers’ Compensation Recovery

Hector Salitrero, managing partner of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.’s California office, will present a NASP webinar on Overcoming Obstacles to Workers’ Compensation Recovery on October 9, 2018 at 1 p.m. (EST). This webinar will help you understand, and hopefully avoid, some of … Learn More

Arizona Reverses Itself On Post-Settlement Trials

Work Comp Third-Party Settlement Not Subject to Aitken Reduction In Arizona, a workers’ compensation carrier’s statutory lien under § 23–1023 is subject to being reduced if an employer is found to be negligent by a jury. In Aitken v. Indus. … Learn More

Subrogation Adjusters Can Now Sign Texas Medical Expense Affidavits

A generation ago, subrogation professionals were almost unheard of. Over the years, however, as prudent businesses and insurance companies began to insist on their statutory and contractual rights of subrogation, the profession has grown. On February 8, 2018, the Texas … Learn More