The Drug Enforcement Agency has published its final rule on HCPs - hydrocodone-containing products - which will be rescheduled (from Schedule III to Schedule II) beginning on Oct. 6.
The two areas that appear to be of greatest concern in the market regarding this move are:
1) The ...Read More
The Florida 11th Circuit Court decision on Aug. 13 appears to be the first state court decision in many years to declare an entire workers’ compensation statute as unconstitutional. The fingerprints of the Dean of Workers’ Compensation Research John Burton are all over Judge Jorge Cue...Read More
Would you go to trial over $121? The recent writ-denied case of Martinelli v. Monterey County Superior Court seemed to answer the question in the affirmative.
Ok, so here’s the deal: applicant court clerk sustained an admitted industrial injury which was resolved by way of C&R i...Read More
In the last two months I wrote about the 10 Commandments of Mental Status Examinations and the 10 Commandments of Psychological Testing. The response was so good I thought I would press my luck and write about the 10 Commandments of Medical-Legal Psychological Reporting.
As we know, medic...Read More
The workers’ compensation insurer is for many the centerpiece of a mature industry. Injury frequency almost constantly declines. Insurers earn modest but fairly steady returns on equity, with little risk of insolvency. Market shares generally do not change much. Careers are largely very pre...Read More
OK, dear readers, your humble blogger has a crazy question with which to ruin your weekend: what does the wording of “at his or her own expense” mean? As my beloved readers will recall, the Supreme Court interpreted Labor Code Section 4605 to mean that an injured worker can trea...Read More
The Workers’ Compensation Voucher is the most valuable, yet most ignored, benefit offered to an injured worker who cannot return to work. Today, this provision has been improved, but it still does not do enough to help the i...Read More
I recently read two news items back to back, one regarding a lawsuit and the other a physician-written editorial in Forbes. My coincidental consumption of these two items left me wondering about the fundamental practice of medicine in the 21st century. Much has been made in the las...Read More
The tragic death of an orca (commonly called killer whales) trainer at Sea World of Florida in 2010 has stimulated much debate on whether direct contact between wild animals and humans should be permitted in entertainment contexts, and whether the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration s...Read More