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Concerns Over Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Grow as Use Increases 01/12/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 646 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Use of anti-convulsant medications gabapentin and pregabalin increased more than threefold in the U.S. from 2002-2015, a new study found, just as some in the workers’ comp industry are warning about potential dangers of the drugs. ...Read More

Getting Lumbar Fusion Surgery Just Became Tougher 01/12/2018
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 215 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation began cracking down on lumbar fusion surgeries last week with the country’s most restrictive rule that requires at least 60 days of alternative, conservative therapy before a patient can see the operating room. ...Read More

No Additional Benefits for Worker Who Couldn't Link Fibromyalgia to Work Injury 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 134 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that substantial evidence supported a denial of additional benefits for a worker for a worsening of her fibromyalgia symptoms, since she failed to prove the change was causally  related to an industrial injury. ...Read More

Court Upholds Denial of Additional Benefits for Worker Who Settled Claim 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 145 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a welder who suffered successive injuries to the same body part was not entitled to benefits for the first injury after settling his claim for the second. ...Read More

No Additional Benefits for Worker Who Returned to Job 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 132 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a worker was not entitled to additional benefits after he was cleared to return to work without restrictions. ...Read More

House Passes Presumption Bill for Hanford Workers 01/12/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 137 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Washington state lawmakers have revived a bill that would create an occupational disease presumption for workers at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford nuclear site. ...Read More

Panel Rejects Untimely Challenge to Cutoff Date for PTD Benefits 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 140 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that an employer could not challenge an award of benefits to a worker who was injured in 1999.  ...Read More

Court Upholds Denial of Benefits to Worker for Alleged Repetitive Trauma Injury 01/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 155 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court upheld the denial of benefits to a state employee for her alleged repetitive trauma injuries due to her lack of credibility and persuasive medical evidence. ...Read More

Bill Would Limit Opioids Prescriptions in Most Cases 01/12/2018
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 170 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Arizona physicians would not be allowed to prescribe more than a five-day supply of any opioid medications in most cases, under a bill introduced in the state Senate. ...Read More

Acquisition of Stonetrust Insurance Finalized 01/12/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 172 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The acquisition of Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Co. by Wintaai Holdings Ltd. has been completed, effective Jan. 1. ...Read More
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