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  • Practice Group Chair C. Michael Branham recently spoke to the Charleston Kennel Club: “Pet Trusts”

  • Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Practice Group Chair C. Michael Branham has been chosen for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010 Edition.

  • Drake Rogers has accepted a request to join an ad hoc committee, being formed by Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman Scott Beck, to examine the accuracy of the Commission’s current Net Present Value Table, which is used to calculate lump sum disability awards.

  • On May 9, 2012, Drake Rogers presented 10 Things Not to Do Once a Claim is Filed to the Palmetto Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

  • The Workers Compensation Practice Group is pleased to announce that F. Drake Rogers III has taken over as its Practice Group Chair. Wallace G. (Buster) Holland, who built and nurtured the group and has served YCR for 40 years, has passed along the reins of leadership to Drake. Buster will continue as an active member of the Practice Group and looks forward to increasing his work as a Circuit Court Certified Mediator for Workers Compensation cases across the state of South Carolina.

  • The SC Workers' Compensation Commission has made two significant announcements. First, Gene McCaskill has been appointed as the newest Workers' Compensation Commissioner, and second, the maximum compensation rate for 2012 is $725.47.

  • Wallace G. (Buster) Holland is serving on the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission’s task committee to help promulgate regulations regarding mandatory mediations in South Carolina Workers’ Compensation claims.

  • In Landry v. Carolina Healthcare Sys, the SC Court of Appeals found that the claimant’s claim was barred because her injury to her feet was not an “accident” under Capers and Havird when she had been warned by her doctor that her bunion condition would worsen if she continued prolonged periods of standing.

  • In Holmes v. National Service Industries, Inc., the SC Supreme Court found that the claimant’s claim was barred by the statute of limitations in a repetitive trauma claim when the Full Commission had substantial evidence to support this finding, including evidence suggesting that the claimant knew by 1992 that her work environment was negatively affecting her health and that she felt well when she was not working.

  • In King v. Int’l Knife & Saw, Inc, the SC Court of Appeals found that the claimant was not barred by the notice defense in a repetitive trauma claim when he gave notice within 90 days of when he discovered or should have discovered that he qualified to receive benefits for medical care, treatment, or disability due to his condition; the onset of pain alone did not trigger a repetitive trauma claim.