Author: DeFur Voran

Mechanic’s Liens: A Tool for Unpaid Contractors

By Daniel G. Kerns  Trouble getting paid for completed work is a problem too frequently encountered by contractors. Fortunately, Indiana law affords contractors, laborers and materialmen a tool to leverage payment. Mechanic’s liens are a statutory remedy codified at Ind. Code § 32-28-3-1 et seq. available to contractors, laborers and materialmen, who have performed work or furnished… Read more »

The Changing Art of Valuing Personal Injury Cases

By Steven D. Murphy Those of us who practice in the area of valuing personal injuries (plaintiff’s lawyers, defense attorneys, insurance adjusters, and mediators) analyze these cases by looking at the four areas of losses that a victim may suffer:  medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanency of the injury. That is what… Read more »

Renovating Your Home? Check for Proof of Workers’ Compensation Coverage

By Katie J. Rice Remodeling your home?  Expanding your patio? Working on your roof?  Prior to renovating your home, take a moment and think: do the workers have insurance? This is especially important depending on the worker, the type of job, and the likelihood or potential for injuries.   While you might not be directly responsible… Read more »

New Overtime Rule

By Chase M. Patterson On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule establishing a higher minimum salary threshold for exempt white collared employees.  As a quick refresher, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires employers to pay overtime to an employee who works more than forty (40) hours in a… Read more »

Indiana Medicaid Waiver Program – An Alternative to Nursing Homes

By Michael D. Wilhelm Throughout human history until the second half of the 20th century, most people aged and died at their home or the home of a family member. By the 1980s, only 17 percent of people died at home, as the experience of aging and death in the industrialized world shifted to hospitals… Read more »

Who’s Your Expert? Nurses’ Testimony in Medical Malpractice Cases

By Jarryd Anglin Medical malpractices cases usually center on expert testimony. In fact, expert testimony is almost always required in such cases. “The question of the appropriate standard of care (in medical malpractice cases) may not be resolved without resort to expert testimony.”  Marquis v. Battersby, 443 N.E.2d 1202 (Ind. Ct. App. 1982).  If all… Read more »