Preti Flaherty's Workers' Compensation Practice Group counsels employers, individual and group self-insureds and insurers in legal management and defense of workers' compensation claims. We help clients navigate and manage the complexities of workers' compensation defense, administration and regulation. We provide defense in litigation matters and represent clients with legislative, regulatory and administrative issues.

Our Workers Compensation attorneys provide services including:

  • Defense of workers' compensation claims – including representation before the Maine Workers' Compensation Board on individual claims and audits.
  • Defense of Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims – including representation before Administrative Law Judges.
  • Self-insurance – we assist clients throughout the process of obtaining, implementing and administering self-insurance.
  • Government relations - including representation and advocacy before Maine Workers' Compensation Board, Maine Legislative and Bureau of Insurance.

Firm Highlights

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB February Monthly Business Meeting

The WCB met remotely on February 9, 2021, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to an appeal accepted by the Maine Supreme Court and claims related to Covid-19. COVID-Coded...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Meeting Notes for June 2021

The following are highlights from the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s meeting of June 8, 2021. Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks Appointed for Partial Term as Administrative Law Judge in Portland Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks was...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Burden of Proof in Death Presumption

WC Appellate Division Affirms Placement of Burden of Proof on Employer to Disprove Facts Presumed Under the Death Presumption A recent decision from the Appellate Division centers on the burden of proof in the...

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Decision on WCB Rule 2 §5 Termination of Benefits Prior Notice Requirement

Notice Is Required Prior to Termination of Benefits for Durational Cap Under Former WCB Rule, Even When Discontinuance Is Sought by Petition Weekly compensation for partial incapacity benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act are...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB December Updates - Covid-19 Claim Statistics and Appeal Accepted by Law Court

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board met for its regular business meeting on December 8. Among the items discussed were COVID-19 claim statistics and an appeal accepted by the Law Court dealing with a fascinating...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Revises Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Reporting and Related Requirements

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated its COVID-19 FAQ with current guidance and reporting requirements. Although the information offered is not legal advice and is not judicially enforceable, it is helpful direction in...