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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Administrative / Regulatory Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Deerfield, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Medina, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Individuals Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Bingham Farms, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Daphne, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Herndon, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    New Bern, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Dayton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Billings, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Daphne, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Litigation - Labor and Employment Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Water Law Education Law Insurance Law Litigation - Real Estate Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Billings, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Employment Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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Allan M. Muir was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Allan M. Muir

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Canton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Bingham Farms, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Insurance Mediation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Arbitration Employment Law - Individuals Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
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  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Insurance Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Bankruptcy Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
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  • Location:
    Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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Roger C. Riddick was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Roger C. Riddick

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Deerfield, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Banking and Finance Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Definition

Most workers’ compensation programs are mandated by state law. However, a few, such as the Federal Employer Liability Act, covering railroad workers, are based on federal law. Some workers’ compensation laws are not mandatory, such as Texas. Each State’s system is different, but the purpose is to cover employers and employees with insurance to provide weekly compensation and medical benefits, with some provision for permanent disabilities or impairments, to employees to replace the common law system of lawsuits used before the turn of the 20th Century.  

Begun in England with the recognition that normal lawsuits took too long and were too uncertain for industrial injuries, the trend reached the United States, and individual states started amending their constitutions and passing statutes, first voluntary, then mandatory, to provide no-fault systems with statutorily prescribed amounts of payments to injured workers or to the families of deceased workers whose injuries occurred on the job. In return for the “no-fault” system, employers received what has turned out to be limited immunity from lawsuits by injured workers.

Today, most states’ systems include private insurers who can write coverage nationally, with the exception of Ohio, North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming, which do not allow private primary insurance coverage, and instead have systems in which employers pay into a State Fund, or are allowed to self-insure. Employers’ lawyers, together with your insurance broker, can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of self-insurance in the various states.  

Although the workers’ compensation systems are “no-fault,” lawyers become involved in individual claims when there are disputes over whether the claimant was actually employed by the employer, whether injuries actually occurred on the job, whether conditions were pre-existing or arose from another cause, as well as issues regarding the extent of the alleged disability or impairment, the duration of weekly benefits, the relationship of medical bills to the original injury, and other issues. At that time, an Employers’ Lawyer can conduct an investigation for factual and surveillance evidence, collect medical records, have the claimant examined in an independent medical examination, and then defend and argue the employer’s case at administrative hearings and/or in court, depending upon that particular state’s system.  

Some states have safety rules that are enforced through the workers’ compensation system by enhanced weekly payments or other benefits, and are apart from the federal OSHA system. Some states allow lawsuits outside of the workers’ compensation system by injured workers, in the case of perceived willful, intentional, or deliberate intent by employers, depending on the state. 

Some states allow workers’ compensation attorneys to be designated as specialists. Generally, an employer should have a regular workers’ compensation defense attorney advising the employer, in addition to any third party administrator or other claims adjuster the employer might have, since the attorney’s perspective is that of one who must uphold the employer’s position at hearing or in trial. In some states, the defense attorney is not only paid by the insurance company, but the insurance company is the actual party in the case. In those instances, the employer might wish to consider having counsel to make sure that the insurance counsel is representing the employer’s interests adequately as they are obliged to do.   

Most workers’ compensation programs are mandated by state law. However, a few, such as the Federal Employer Liability Act, covering railroad workers, are based on federal law. Some workers’ compensation laws are not mandatory, such as Texas. Each State’s system is different, but the purpose is to cover employers and employees with insurance to provide weekly compensation and medical benefits, with some provision for permanent disabilities or impairments, to employees to replace the common law system of lawsuits used before the turn of the 20th Century.  

Begun in England with the recognition that normal lawsuits took too long and were too uncertain for industrial injuries, the trend reached the United States, and individual states started amending their constitutions and passing statutes, first voluntary, then mandatory, to provide no-fault systems with statutorily prescribed amounts of payments to injured workers or to the families of deceased workers whose injuries occurred on the job. In return for the “no-fault” system, employers received what has turned out to be limited immunity from lawsuits by injured workers.

Today, most states’ systems include private insurers who can write coverage nationally, with the exception of Ohio, North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming, which do not allow private primary insurance coverage, and instead have systems in which employers pay into a State Fund, or are allowed to self-insure. Employers’ lawyers, together with your insurance broker, can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of self-insurance in the various states.  

Although the workers’ compensation systems are “no-fault,” lawyers become involved in individual claims when there are disputes over whether the claimant was actually employed by the employer, whether injuries actually occurred on the job, whether conditions were pre-existing or arose from another cause, as well as issues regarding the extent of the alleged disability or impairment, the duration of weekly benefits, the relationship of medical bills to the original injury, and other issues. At that time, an Employers’ Lawyer can conduct an investigation for factual and surveillance evidence, collect medical records, have the claimant examined in an independent medical examination, and then defend and argue the employer’s case at administrative hearings and/or in court, depending upon that particular state’s system.  

Some states have safety rules that are enforced through the workers’ compensation system by enhanced weekly payments or other benefits, and are apart from the federal OSHA system. Some states allow lawsuits outside of the workers’ compensation system by injured workers, in the case of perceived willful, intentional, or deliberate intent by employers, depending on the state. 

Some states allow workers’ compensation attorneys to be designated as specialists. Generally, an employer should have a regular workers’ compensation defense attorney advising the employer, in addition to any third party administrator or other claims adjuster the employer might have, since the attorney’s perspective is that of one who must uphold the employer’s position at hearing or in trial. In some states, the defense attorney is not only paid by the insurance company, but the insurance company is the actual party in the case. In those instances, the employer might wish to consider having counsel to make sure that the insurance counsel is representing the employer’s interests adequately as they are obliged to do.