Haley-Gleason and DeCoste Defend Florida Workers’ Compensation Client

Carr Allison attorneys Jennifer Haley-Gleason and Cassandra DeCoste recently defended a Florida Workers’ Compensation Petition for Benefits which sought authorization of medical benefits for a workplace accident and alleged injury to the lower back.  The claim was initially denied by the carrier upon discovery of an extensive history of treatment for pre-existing low back conditions.  Ms. Haley-Gleason and Ms. DeCoste developed the necessary medical evidence through the direct testimony of their independent medical evaluator to support their denial of the claim. They also weakened the strength of the claimant’s case with a strategic and knowledgeable cross-examination of the claimant’s IME physician.

At the final hearing on the Petition, the JCC found the medical opinions of the carrier’s IME more persuasive than those opinions of the claimant’s IME.  The JCC further relied on the adverse concessions made by the claimant’s IME during cross-examination by Ms. DeCoste to arrive at the ultimate result: all issues under the Petition for Benefits were denied with prejudice.  This is an excellent result for the employer/carrier as the JCC determination that the major contributing cause of the need for treatment is the claimant’s idiopathic/pre-existing condition likely precludes award of other future benefits including but not limited to permanent total disability.

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Carr Allison Opens New Office in Auburn, AL and Welcomes Mark Toppen

Carr Allison is excited to announce the opening of our newest office, located in Auburn (AL). Our newest associate, Mark Toppen, will be providing expanded services for our clients in the Auburn area.  To learn more about Mark’s practice click here!

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Worley and de los Reyes Win Summary Judgment

Carr Allison attorneys Steve Worley and Marissa de los Reyes of our Jacksonville (FL) office recently won a motion for summary judgment on a cross-complaint for defense and indemnity. Their co-defendant in the underlying claim did not believe that defense nor indemnity was owed per a contract with the co-defendant. […]

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Sausaman Wins Motion to Dismiss

Carr Allison shareholder Alison H. Sausaman of the Jacksonville (FL) office won a motion to dismiss filed on behalf of a large transportation employer. After three rounds of moving to dismiss the complaint, the federal court dismissed all six counts with prejudice. Great Results!

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