With the exception of a great piece on medical billing from back in March of 2013, Time magazine hasn't managed to publish much worth reading. But the forthcoming issue of the magazine features a cover story titled, "Why America Can't Kick Its Painkiller Problem." And it...Read More
Welcome to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. I assume that you like a good challenge because that is what you face as you take over the reins of the agency.
There are many problems at the Board which has in the past few years failed in its primary responsibility to insur...Read More
Early in my career, I worked on claims against the Florida Special Disability Trust Fund. In the days before the Americans with Disabilities Act there were efforts to encourage employers to hire those with pre-existing medical concerns. These "second injury funds" were designed to softe...Read More
When I checked my Twitter feed one morning last week, two tweets caught my attention:
1. ARAWC: Tennessee Legislators Introduce Workers’ Comp Option Legislation http://goo.gl/fb/Wt7hWh
2. Supreme Court Asked to Review Constitutionality of Opt-Out Process. Full story at: http:/...Read More
National Public Radio featured the first in a series of reports on one of the most dangerous jobs in America, one that they say has more debilitating back injuries than the construction industry or law enforcement. In ...Read More
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION
In Royster v. NFL Europe, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 445, the WCAB held that it had jurisdiction over a professional football player's cumulative trauma injury when the contract of employment was made in California.
In LeFiell Manufacturing Co...Read More
It is shift’s end at the factory, and you’re holding a movie camera in front of the entrance. These workers are a composite of the entire American workforce. Your camera captures hundreds as they stream out. You notice a clutch of underage workers and train your viewfinder on them. La...Read More
A recent ruling from North Carolina reminds us of some core issues in the administrative litigation process. Workers' compensation this year is witnessing Oklahoma and Tennessee transitioning to administrative rather than court processes for workers' compensation litigation. Alab...Read More
There is news this week about the “Oklahoma Opt Out,” which made a splash last spring. Essentially, the Oklahoma Legislature passed an opt-out from workers’ compensation, which is available at the sole discretion of the employer. That law was immediately challenged under the Oklaho...Read More
The California 2nd District Court of Appeal has issued a ruling reversing a finding by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board that a professional athlete who played one of 34 games in California in her final year of playing professional sports was eligible for workers’ compensation benefi...Read More