Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards cover everything from job site drinking water to fall protection, and keeping up with all of OSHA’s specific guidelines can be difficult for employers.
If a new occupational risk were to emerge to cripple workers and burden employers and insurers with tens of billions of dollars in costs, how would people respond? The history of the past three decades suggests that it takes seven to ten years for a consensus for action to form, and another seven...Read More
If you are paying lien-filing fees on your medical-legal expenses I think you are (a) wasting your money, and (b) causing unnecessary deferral of your receivables until after the case in chief gets resolved.
The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board has given clear regulations inst...Read More
If you are reading this, probably you or a friend or loved one have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. This article is not about diagnosing and treating CRPS but rather about how to obtain the best medical care for this diagnosis.
There are lots of good reasons to obtain ...Read More
I make the case that workers’ comp in every state should carve out its medical line and relinquish it to Medicare. The respective statutory systems for indemnity benefits would remain. This scenario, albeit challenging in execution, would correct the cause of many systemic workers' comp...Read More
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Just days after new research came out with glaring evidence that some physician dispensers are practically thieves, Montana’s Legislature officially introduced legislation that would allow physicians there to dispense medications.
Oh Montana! If you only knew.
If you only kn...Read More
As defense lawyers and counselors, we have always hated what we call “blind” off-work notes. What we mean by “blind” off-work notes are written notes from an injured worker’s doctor that says “off work” and nothing else. We recently received one from a pe...Read More
We get asked all the time and we want our readers to best understand HIPAA-GINA in their day-to-day workers' compensation claims handling.
If you aren’t sure, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is about medical records privacy. The Genetic Information Privac...Read More
The Obama administration reportedly plans to give some form of legal protection including work rights to millions of undocumented individuals by executive order.
The administration’s apparent plan will force the workers’ compensation field to address issues that have bee...Read More