Workers’ Compensation Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jeff Stickle, Senior Associate April 1, 2020 During the current public health emergency, and the resultant response of a magnitude not seen since polio outbreaks in the 1940’s, employees and employers both are facing unique challenges, some of which may come with serious workers’ compensation consequences. Many “essential” employers remain open, potentially subjecting their employees to exposure to the …

Are Coronavirus Related Claims Covered by Business Interruption Insurance?

By Amy Leone, Partner, McCarthy Wilson LLP             The evolving coronavirus crisis is rapidly changing our daily lives and routines in every aspect.  Schools, gyms, restaurants, bars and theaters are temporarily closed.  The stock market is in a deep dive.  Whatever your profession is, your ability to perform your job, run your company, and plan for the future all look …

Work-related hearing loss: Entitlement to benefits clarified by the Court in Montgomery County, Maryland v. Cochran & Bowen

One of the most pervasive, yet under-claimed, workplace injuries is hearing loss. Heavy machinery, power tools, lawn equipment, engines, and sirens all have the potential to cause hearing loss with prolonged use or exposure. Police, firefighters, machinists, lawn care workers, and factory workers are all exposed to noise hazards yet we see relatively few hearing loss claims. Hearing loss is …