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September 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW Continuing Trend? IAB Again Favors 6th Edition of AMA Guides in Total Knee Replacement Permanency Approximately two years ago, we reported on a Board Decision in the matter of Kathy Thomas v. City of Wilmington, IAB Hrg. No. 1417741 (July 30, 2019), where the Board for the first time indicated a preference…

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Top Workplace 2021

SPECIAL EDITION Heckler & Frabizzio – Top Workplace 2021 Delaware’s main newspaper, The News Journal, has published it’s list of Delaware’s Top Workplaces for 2021. Heckler and Frabizzio is proud to again be recognized as one of Delaware’s Top Workplaces especially because we were awarded this honor based on a survey of our employees. The…

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August 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW Yes, No, Maybe – Ambiguities in Permanent Impairment Hearing Outcomes It has long been understood in Delaware that permanency is a battle between two experts, each with their own rating, and supported or supplemented by factual and medical evidence. Under well-settled law, the Board can only fashion its own alternative rating when supported…

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July 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW Did You Know? Recent Delaware Workers Compensation Developments: Live hearings have resumed at the Industrial Accident Board effective July 12! Employers/carriers may observe a corresponding increase in disfigurement hearings and Petitions given disfigurement hearings have not been conducted since before the pandemic began. Even before July 12, in person hearings did take…

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Welcome to the Partnership

Heckler & Frabizzio is proud to announce our new partner, Nicholas Bittner, effective July 1, 2021. As partner, Mr. Bittner will continue to further the firm’s mission statement as THE Preeminent Delaware law Firm. Mr. Bittner was admitted to practice law in Delaware in 2016. He graduated from Bucks County Community College with an A.A. in…

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June 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW It’s All in the Wrist – Evolving Trends in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Favor the Defense For many years, the common wisdom has held that carpal tunnel syndrome occurs through repetitive use of the hands and fingers; typing is often given as an example of what causes this malady. Consistent with this common wisdom,…

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Choir School’s 2021 Gala

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Heckler & Frabizzio is a proud supporter of the Choir School of Delaware. More information regarding our partnership to follow in the next edition of the Side Bar. Please consider joining that Choir School of Delaware for their Annual Gala and Benefit on June 16th. See below for more details or follow this link…

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May 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW Deny, Deny, Deny – Claimant’s Denial of History Results in Denial of Petition The Claimant was involved in a work-related lifting injury to her low back in June 2018. In October 2018, Claimant went to the emergency room with shoulder and neck pain, with no, follow-up treatment for the shoulder until she saw…

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April 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW It Is Okay to Lose ‘Round One’ If You Conclude with a Complete Knockout The parties entered into an Agreement acknowledging a lumbar soft tissue strain injury. Employer filed a Petition seeking to void the Agreement for fraud, arguing that Claimant had materially misrepresented her prior medical history at the time the…

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March 2021

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW Justice Denied, In A Good Way! Claimant, Mary Justice, was seeking acknowledgment of an alleged cumulative detrimental effects injuries to her back and lower extremities as the result of lifting activities as a school bus aide. The Board denied Justice’s claim, noting she was not credible as there were numerous inconsistencies throughout…

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