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Workers Comp Judicial Hellholes Report 2018 Version


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.

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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:

#1  California
#2  Florida
#3  New York City
#4  St. Louis, Missouri
#5  Louisiana
#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.

New Jersey

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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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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