The term "classification by analogy" is one of those workers' comp buzzwords that generates a large number of emails and call to us. The term is usually mentioned by a workers' comp auditor or rating bureau.
As the new school year starts, we are reminded that while intellectual discovery is important, sometimes what you really need is simple common sense. In this edition of the Bulletin, we explore some recent decisions that remind us of that principle.
You actually can settle a vouch...Read More
A 10-most-dangerous jobs list was produced by Careercast this week. I thought I would try to compare the list of jobs with the corresponding classification code and loss costs to see how well they match.
Following a ruling by the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission in the case of Vasquez v. Dillard's, the Oklahoma Supreme Court will now decide whether the "Oklahoma Option" violates the state's unique Constitution.
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Kite fighting, practiced primarily in the East and Brazil, involves attempting to cut your opponent’s line, or ground their kite, to achieve victory and win their paper aircraft. A different kind of kite fighting is taking place in California workers’ compensation evaluations: doctor ...Read More
Could there be any bigger waste of money in the work comp system than the utilization review of a medication in gel form that costs an average of $55? That is exactly what happened when a 54-year-old injured worker diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, neurogenic bowel and bladder and left arm pai...Read More
Board certification: Should the general public have an interest in this arcane subject?
In the opinion of this writer, the answer is yes.
The extravagant remuneration of American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) CEOs and presidents has been disclosed to be as high as $1.3 million...Read More
Most injured workers recover from injury, but some do not. The failures are more interesting. But it is hard to find a useful analysis of why recovery fails. Anecdotes don’t help. As the saying goes, the plural of anecdotes is not data.
I was lucky to find an analysis of ...Read More
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The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that it will scramble to enact registration regulations for remote control aircraft, called "drones." It hopes to have these in place before the 2015 holiday season. ...Read More
The drumbeat for medical marijuana in workers’ compensation systems continues.
Earlier this week I attended a lunchtime talk by a Bay Area physician which included his comments on the potential benefits of medical marijuana in treating certain patients.
Legal issues surround...Read More