Jill Miller joined a panelist of three other female industry leaders, including Commissioner Beth Harkins of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission in a discussion to explore the challenges and emerging trends of executive presence in the workers’ compensation world at the annual MWCEA conference. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Ryon, Board Vice President for the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation. Jill provided lessons learned and explained how her executive presence has transformed throughout her career. Jill will be joining the Ambassador program for Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation to assist in starting a chapter in Mississippi.
The Louisiana Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated opinion on the standard for ordering an Additional Medical Examination under LA C.C.P. art. 1464 and issued a ruling that benefits personal injury defendants across the state. TWPD was tasked with taking a writ and presenting oral argument on Hicks v. USAA General Indemnity Co. for a decision on what constitutes “good cause” for an AME. This issue has been plaguing the defense bar for a number of years by allowing personal injury plaintiffs to present unopposed physician testimony at trial while barring defendants from retaining their own experts to physically examine the plaintiff. Ruling in favor of TWPD, the Supreme Court held that a moving party satisfies the "good cause" standard merely by showing a reasonable nexus between the requested examination and the condition in controversy. The Court further reversed the trial court’s decision—which previously resulted in a $1.5 million verdict at trial—and remanded the matter for a new trial in accordance with its findings.
TWPD Attorneys, Mike Thompson and Claire Sauls, secured a defense verdict in a bad faith UIM claim. The plaintiff alleged lumbar injuries and sought in excess of $375,000 in damages. Additionally, the plaintiff claimed that TWPD’s client violated the provisions of La. R.S. 22:1892 and 22:1973, seeking penalties and attorneys’ fees for the violation. During trial, the defense presented testimony and evidence that the plaintiff’s alleged injury was caused by other events and that plaintiff was otherwise not credible. The jury returned a verdict finding that the plaintiff failed to prove that he sustained the alleged injuries in the accident. By extension, the jury found that our client did not violate the provisions of La. R.S. 22:1892 and 22:1973. The jury thus returned a verdict of $0.00.
TWPD is honored to announce that Jared Davidson has become an equity partner in our firm. Jared’s excellence in the legal profession was evident early in his career after he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane Law School in 2009. Since joining TWPD in 2013, his outstanding legal acumen and professionalism have been recognized by his peers and the clients he represents in the areas of transportation, premises liability, first party claims and construction law. Jared’s dedication earned him further recognition in 2017 when he was elevated to Super Lawyer® status in Louisiana, an honor that is not bestowed lightly. Please join TWPD in congratulating Jared on this latest and many achievements in his career.
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