Finality of WCJ Fact-Finding Among States (334.9KB)
When workers' compensation was introduced a century ago, adjudication within state systems usually featured the first-level judge as a master or referee. A Board or Commission with broad powers was the final fact-finder. In the modern day, however, the judge in nearly half the states is the final fact-finder. This note and the two tables that follow explain, and show, respectively, the approaches taken in the various states.
Allegheny County Bar Ass'n (Young Lawyers Div.) Work Comp 101 (197.0KB)
This item is a detailed outline of a presentation to the ACBA Young Lawyers Division on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Attempts at Federalization and Federal Standards for Workers' Compensation: A Short History (308.3KB)
In this essay, for ABA Coral Gables 2013, I took a stab at a brief history of this sensitive topic. I conclude that, despite the "New Federalism," room still exists for imposition of federal standards on state programs. Whether such imposition would be wise is a different story.
Telecommuting and Workers' Compensation (224.4KB)
Here you will find my up-to-date discussion of telecommuting employees and the applicability of workers' compensation.
Curriculum Vitae of DBT (209.7KB)
C.V. with complete listing of DBT publications.
In 2010 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance.
He is the President of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary; and a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, an American Bar Association affiliate.
In 2008, he published the Third Edition of his treatise, Torrey & Greenberg, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice (4 Volumes: Thomson-Reuters 3rd ed. 2008 & Supp. 2013).
He also served in the U.S. Army (1976-1979), and in the West Virginia Army National Guard (1979-1982).
Judge Torrey published "Master or Chancellor? The Workers' Compensation Judge and Adjudicatory Power" in the Spring 2012 issue of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Read it at http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/naalj/vol32/iss1/2/.
Judge Torrey will be moderating a panel, "Negotiation and Mediation Techniques," with fellow judges Ellen Lorenzen (FL) and Michael Alvey (KY) and attorneys Kevin Connors (PA) and Richard Johnson (IL), at the ABA Work Comp Sections CLE in Chicago, March 13-15, 2014. For more information, and to register, see