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Workers' Compensation Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen

 

SC19626 - Graham v. Olson Wood Associates, Inc. (Workers' compensation; “In this appeal, we consider whether a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner may reinstate an employer or insurer as a party to proceedings pending on the asbestos docket of the Workers’ Compensation Commission (commission) when the claim against that party was dismissed prior to a determination of the claimant’s compensability or date of final exposure… We conclude that the commissioner properly reinstated the association as a party to the underlying proceedings because the commissioner’s broad case management authority under General Statutes § 31-298, which extends to cases on the asbestos docket involving the apportionment of liability under General Statutes § 31-299b, permitted him to render a dismissal that was provisional, rather than final, in nature. Accordingly, we affirm the decision of the board.”)