New List of Workers Comp Judicial Hellholes for 2018 – 2019
The Workers Comp Judicial Hellholes was taken from the American Tort Reform Foundation’s (ATRF) Judicial Hellholes for 2018 – 2019. The Judicial Hellholes publications that referred to Workers Compensation also appeared in 2013.
I do not agree or disagree with any of the findings in the report. My main goal was to inform the blog and newsletter readers of this report. One has to judge for themselves.
A search for Workers Compensation inside the report produced two results.
If you would like to follow along, please download the report using the first link in this article. The report consists of 84 pages covering the ATRF’s Top Judicial Hellholes.
The list of the overall Judicial Hellholes are:
#3 New York City
#4 St. Louis, Missouri
#6 Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
#7 New Jersey Legislature
#8 Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois
#9 Twin Cities, Minnesota
Two Workers Compensation Entries
The first mention of the term workers compensation is at the bottom of page 35. The report heavily questions why the current Pennsylvania Governor vetoed a bill to regulate pharmacies more heavily. The report covers an astounding article by the Philadelphia Enquirer. The graphic on how a pharmacy network was used to exploit the Workers Comp system is very interesting. Download the Judicial Hellholes report. The graphic caused my jaw to hit the floor.
The second mention of Workers Compensation Judicial Hellholes appears on page 37. Legislation enacted in August, S. 2145, seems to have increased the amount of compensation that attorneys will receive for representing clients in New Jersey. Before the legislation was enacted, New Jersey attorneys could only bill for a percentage of what their representation increased the file, not from the full value of the case. S. 2145 now allows for fees based on the full value of the case.
West Virginia – not in the 2018 report
West Virginia appeared in the 2013 Hellhole article. The state did not appear in this issue for Workers Compensation. The Mountain State’s Supreme Court controversy stole most of the thunder this year. West Virginia did appear on a Watch List for their Supreme Court problems.
From my days as full time claims handler, I have noticed a large number of reforms that have been enacted over the last 30 years. Some of the states that I would have listed as a workers comp judicial hellhole have eliminated many of the concerns through legislation.
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