Monthly Archives: January 2011

Claimant’s Benefits Suspended for Failure to Sign Medicare Releases

January 3, 2011 by on News

Scott V. Berglund of our North Florida/Tallahassee office, representing ACE/ESIS and L-3 Communications, attended a mediation during which the Claimant agreed to a settlement pending approval of a Medicare set-aside. Subsequently, the Claimant refused to sign the releases required by the Medicare set aside vendor necessary to complete the evaluation and submission to CMS for approval. The Employer/Carrier sought sanctions against the Claimant for his failure to cooperate and Judge Nolan S. Winn entered an Order discontinuing all medical and […]

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Florida Businesses Rely on WLSC’s Expanding Commercial Real Estate Practice

January 3, 2011 by on News

The Real Estate Department in West Palm Beach recently handled the settlement and title insurance for a commercial transaction. The $600,000 purchase of commercial property located in the Commerce Park Business District in Jupiter was handled by Attorney Gregg R. Margre of WLSC’s Fort Lauderdale Office. Attorney Margre also handled the purchase for Mark T. Timbie, Executive Officer of McCormick & Company of a $1,000,000 condominium in Boca Raton. Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson’s Real Estate Department has closed several […]

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Experts to Share Best Practices for Taking Medicare’s Interest Into Account, at WC Conference

January 3, 2011 by on News

A wide range of claims adjusters and risk managers attending the Florida Workers Compensation Institute Conference will benefit from a deep dive breakout session being offered on the subject of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, Wednesday, Aug. 24th from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm. Sharing a panel discussion at 11:30 am, WLSC’s Michele E. Ready will address “MSA Allocations, Approvals, and Administration.” The panel will go through a comprehensive overview of Medicare Set Aside allocations, approval process, and the impact […]

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What Are Best Practices In Risky Real Estate Times?

January 3, 2011 by on News

The importance of hiring a Real Estate attorney/Title Agent/Settlement Agent to handle your real estate transaction is critical. In today’s real estate market, Buyer/Seller/Lenders face new risks when purchasing real property: Changes to title insurance underwriting rules and regulations that can lead to policies that do not insure Buyer/Lender’s of specific title exceptions; Recent foreclosures, short sales, and MERS practices require specific compliance to insure marketable title; and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) changes to Settlement Statement preparation and funding […]

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Child Advocacy Group Honors WLSC’s Armstrong

January 3, 2011 by on News

Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson congratulates our Miami partner James T. Armstrong on his appointment as 2011 National Chairperson of the Lawyers For Children America Board of Directors. LFCA is a national non-profit child advocacy group that provides direct pro bono legal representation to children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect and collaborates for systemic change to improve children’s lives. Jim has been representing the child clients of this deserving organization for over 25 years. Lawyers For Children […]

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WLSC’s Appellate Practice Group Successful in Defense At District Courts of Appeal

January 3, 2011 by on News

Millstone v. Keyes, Preira, Jonasz & Keyes, LLP, Law office of Richard J. Preira & Richard J. Preira, 4D09-1689, (Fla. 4th DCA 2011), Appellees represented by Deborah Fitzgerald of the Fort Lauderdale office, oral argument was held on Jan. 25, 2011. McMillan v. FAU and Department of Risk Management, 1D10-3816, (Fla. 1st DCA 2011), Appellees represented by Michele Ready of the Miami office, oral argument was held on January 19, 2011. Bruce v. Sentinel Property Management Group, LLC, 53 So. […]

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Statute of Limitations is Ruled To Apply After Hiatus from Care

January 3, 2011 by on News

Scott V. Berglund of our North Florida/Tallahassee office is pleased to report a big win on behalf of the Palm Beach County School District and insurance carrier F.A. Richard & Associates. Judge of Compensation Claims Timothy M. Basquill in West Palm Beach ruled the statute of limitations expired. The Claimant was a bus driver who was involved in several accidents over the years involving her shoulder, neck, and lower back. After years of initial litigation, all Petitions were resolved in […]

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‘Super Lawyer’ Recognizes Walton Lantaff Lawyers

January 3, 2011 by on News

Carmen Rodriguez-Altieri, an associate in the firm’s Miami office, has been chosen for the third year in a row as a 2011 Rising Star in Construction Litigation by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine. “Only 2.5% of attorneys in their geographical region are named to the Rising Stars list. The selection process is based on peer nominations and independent research.” The magazine has also recognized Bernard I. Probst and Thomas Falcon, partners in the Miami office. Listings will appear in the magazine […]

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Office Depot Not Liable as JCC Grants Motion for Summary Final Order

January 3, 2011 by on News

Claimant at maximum medical improvement with no permanent impairment not entitled to continued remedial medical care. Beth Leahy and Douglas Cohen of WLSC’s Fort Lauderdale office successfully obtained a Summary Final Order in favor of the Employer/Carrier in the case of Pedro Vasquez v. Office Depot on March 18, 2011. The Claimant sought additional remedial medical care, but was found to have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) with no permanent impairment in a prior final compensation order. MMI occurs when […]

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Victory for Grubb & Ellis Confirmed on Appeal in Case of Fall Through Roof Skylight

January 3, 2011 by on News

In lower and superior court victories represented by WLSC, the Fourth DCA agreed that a rooftop worker was not hired by the defendent, so defense was not liable for a catastrophic injury  Grubb & Ellis, Co., the property manager of several commercial warehouse buildings in Fort Lauderdale, recently prevailed on appeal and sustained a Summary Judgment which was granted at the trial level. The Plaintiff sued Grubb & Ellis after he was injured in a work place accident while conducting […]

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