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Survey Article


The 1996-1997 survey period was an active one in the field of workers' compensation. Significant decisions were handed down in a number of areas that will significantly impact important parts of the workers' compensation system.

The first section of this Article reviews what, by comparison to previous years, was a relatively mild legislative session with regard to workers' compensation. The next two sections address important cases that affect the Drug-Free Workplace Act' and the defense of cases involving intoxication as well as important cases involving a claimant's burden of proof to show a change in condition. The remainder of the Article summarizes other important decisions by subject area.