September 2017 Newsletter
Pollart Miller was a proud sponsor of the recent PWC golf tournament.  We are grateful to the PWC Board and members for arranging the tournament and for continuing  to advance our workers' compensation community. 
Pollart Miller LLC will be hosting a webinar on October 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM MDT entitled Cumulative Trauma, Occupational Disease and Rule 17 in Colorado, presented by Ilene Feldmeier and Jessica GrimesThis webinar is an opportunity to discuss the Rule's continued application in the wake of its amendment earlier this year. Ilene and Jessica will offer their insight from the hearing room and suggestions on defending claims moving forward. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  
November's webinar will be Cumulative Trauma in Utah presented by Christin Bechmann and Andres HermosilloChristin and Andres will review recent decisions from the ALJ's and Labor Commission, and discuss strategies for approaching these challenging claims under Utah workers' compensation law. 

Reopening of an ALJ's prior order finding a claim compensable is appropriate when based on false statements by the claimant.  [more]

Police officer's use of motorcycle constitutes exception to coming and going rule and sick leave charged to an employee during wage continuation plan must be paid to employee directly under formula for TTD under the Act.   [more]

Out of state employee who worked only 6.2% of the time in Colorado did not meet "substantial portion of work test" necessary for jurisdiction.  [more] 

Employer not responsible for emergency care, including ambulance to hospital, where claim is ultimately found not compensable.  [more]
Winner's Circle

The claimant was  as a seasonal worker performing inventory sorting during the holiday season. He alleged that while working at a sorting table he felt pain in his left knee and believed he was struck from behind at knee level by a two-wheeled cart. [more]

Attorney Brad Miller recently convinced an ALJ to deny a claimant's request for TTD Benefits because she was responsible for her termination from employment.   In this particular claim, the claimant was terminated from employment for failing to attend a mandatory training.  [more]
Associate Watch
Spotlight on: 

Charlotte Veaux, Of-Counsel with Pollart Miller, was born in the small town of McCall, Idaho. She might have grown up to be a great skier if her family had stayed there, but instead she grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado and in Florida.  She spent her last year of high school in Spain where she developed an enduring love of tapas and sangria. She attended Vassar College where she was a member of the 3- and 10-meter diving team and the choir.
Charlotte went to law school at the University of Denver.  She spent the first 4 years of her legal career representing the Department of Health and Human Services  in child abuse cases.  She then got her first job in workers' compensation where she has been practicing for the last 15 years.  She was licensed in Utah in 2011 and splits her caseload between Colorado and Utah. 
When she is not fighting for her clients, Charlotte plays ice hockey on both a co-ed and women's team.  At one time she was the proud penalty minute leader of her team, but has mellowed to an occasional cross-checking or roughing call.  Charlotte also enjoys the 20+ days a season that she spends skiing.  Her favorite run is called Psychopath, which she usually descends by falling down mid-slope and tumbling to the bottom.
Please feel free to contact Charlotte with any Utah, Colorado or hockey questions. 
Monthly Employment Law Tip

House Bill 17-1119, Payment of Workers' Compensation Benefits, creates the Colorado Uninsured Employer Act ("the Act"), which provides payment for covered workers' compensation claims to employees injured on the job when their employers do not have workers' compensation insurance. [more]
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