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Gratitude from All of Us at Ford Richardson

This year, as we gather around the table with family and friends, we wish you many opportunities to connect and build stronger relationships with those you value the most. We hope gratitude and thankful hearts will be present as you celebrate. From all of us at Ford Richardson, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for the connection we have made with you over the years.

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Pardon Me, Mr. President

Have you heard? On October 6, 2022, President Joe Biden announced his intent to “pardon all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana.” Ironically, this announcement will result in zero individuals being released from prison as, according to White House officials, there are no individuals currently in federal prison solely for simple possession of cannabis. However, because most Americans have state-level cannabis records rather than federal convictions, President Biden, in his announcement, urged state leaders to act and take similar action. “I’m calling on governors to pardon simple state marijuana possession offenses. Just as no one should be in...

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Legal Minute: Marketing

Click here to watch this month’s one minute adjuster tip is on the topic of marketing. Should you have any questions about the issues discussed here or other legal issues, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Ford Richardson. Ford Richardson is a full-service law firm with headquarters located in Richmond’s financial district and satellite offices in Roanoke, Arlington and Virginia Beach. Our commitment to our clients is simple: offer top-tier clear legal solutions that allow our clients to excel in their business. We are privileged to give back to our community and believe it is our responsibility...

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Will The Commission Infer Causation & Disability? They Just Might

Last month the Court of Appeals of Virginia authored an Opinion addressing the following three interesting legal issues important for any adjuster handling claims in Virginia in Abacus Remodeling and Construction v. Fogel, Record No. 0010-22-1 (September 13, 2022): A claimant may still establish a claim of injuries to claimed body parts despite late reporting of said injuries to his/her medical providers; The Commission may infer ongoing disability even in the absence of a medical record; and The Commission may find that medical causation has been established without a clear statement from a doctor based upon testimony of the claimant....

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Webinar – Using An Eye Exam to Detect Brain Injuries ~ A Conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Theis

Join us for a 90-minute interactive conversation with Jacqueline Theis, OD, FAAO and  Scott C. Ford, Esquire on: How a comprehensive neuro-optometric eye examination detects brain injury. Return to work strategies for brain injury with visual impairment. Virtual Event – Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM EST  (Add to Calendar)   Should you have any questions about the issues discussed here or other legal issues, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Ford Richardson. Ford Richardson is a full-service law firm with headquarters located in Richmond’s financial district and satellite offices in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia...

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COMMISSION ISSUES NEW 30-DAY ORDER FORM BEGINNING AUGUST 26, 2022

The Commission has issued an updated 30-Day Order form, and began using it Friday, August 26, 2022. The 30-Day Order was created by statute in 2020 with the enactment of Va. Code §65.2-601.2 that requires that the Commission send an Order to the employer upon the filing of an initial claim for benefits, and requires that the Employer respond to that Order within 30 days, or face statutory fines. The Commission has made enforcement of this statute a point of emphasis since §65.2-601.2 went in to effect in July, 2020. Beginning August 26, 2022, the 30-Day Order form has two...

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Buzzworthy Supreme Court Action

It is rare that issues involving workers’ compensation reach the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”). However, on June 21, 2022, the Supreme Court issued an order list identifying cases before the Court. Among the cases provided, were two Minnesota workers’ compensation where the Court declined to grant certiorari – Musta v. Mendota Heights Dental, et al. and Bierbach v. Digger’s Polaris, et al. In both cases, the issue was whether the Controlled Substances Act preempts an order under state workers’ compensation law requiring an employer to reimburse an injured employee for the costs of medical marijuana used to...

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Legal Minute: The Going and Coming Rule

We are starting a new video segment aimed at explaining legal topics in under a minute. This Legal Minute will be released monthly and cover a variety of topics. We are starting with some of the most common Workers’ Compensation related questions. Click here to watch the video:  Legal Minute: The Going and Coming Rule   Should you have any questions about the issues discussed here or other legal issues, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Ford Richardson. Ford Richardson is a full-service law firm with headquarters located in Richmond’s financial district and satellite offices in Southwest...

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A Cerebral Analysis Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Under The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act

Recently, we have seen an uptick in post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) claims from law enforcement officers and firefighters as Virginia Code §65.2-107 gains more awareness. The statute was enacted in 2020. It is an important issue for an adjuster to be aware of as we will likely see more cases come through the pipeline over time. Prior to this statute, a claimant had to show that PTSD resulted from an injury by accident caused by a physical injury or sudden shock or fright. Hess v. Va. State Police, 68 Va. App. 190, 806 S.E. 2d 413 (2017). In the alternative,...

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What is “Budding” in Virginia’s Cannabis Industry?

While Virginia became the first southern state to legalize the adult use of cannabis through the Cannabis Control Act (“Act”) on July 1, 2021, progress in that newly created industry has slowed substantially. While it is now legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household for personal use at their place of residence, the November 2, 2021 election saw Republicans sweep the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and now hold a majority in the House of Delegates. While Senate leadership remains the...

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