Mattos v. Starwood/Zurich, (Court of Appeals, Division One, Memorandum Decision, filed 7/2/2015)
The issue in this unpublished Memorandum Decision from Division One of the Court of Appeals is whether the original notice of permanent disability, which closed the claim with a scheduled disability for a shoulder and elbow injury, was void on its face and whether the claim should be closed with an unscheduled disability following a petition to reopen. Continue reading
What standard should be used when first responders file workers compensation claims due to post-traumatic stress disorder?
That’s the primary question a public safety committee, appointed by the Arizona Legislature, will be tasked with answering. Among the 22-member committee is CopperPoint’s James Stabler, vice president and chief counsel; he is the only workers compensation expert on the committee. Continue reading
(Larson v. Hartford Insurance Co., Federal District Court, Order, Filed 5/8/15)
This case involves a bad faith claim filed on behalf of Christy Larson against Hartford in the Federal District Court of Arizona.
After Larson had presented her case to the jury, Hartford asked for the Court to rule as a matter of law in Hartford’s favor. The Judge granted the motion in Hartford’s favor, indicating the evidence presented did not support a verdict for Larson. Continue reading