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Check-Cashing House Ensnared in Comp Case 01/23/2007
State: FL | Segment: Top | 214 | 0
The owner of a South Florida check-chasing house with offices in five Florida cities pleaded innocent to federal charges in a workers' compensation fraud case. In a pattern highlighted by state fraud investigators at the annual convention of International Association of Industrial Accident...Read More
Concentra White Paper Touts Process Management 01/23/2007
State: NA | Segment: Top | 51 | 0
A white paper by the chief medical officer for Concentra argues applying "process management" to occupational medicine can improve the outcome and cost of workplace injury cases. Dr. W. Tom Fogarty gives the example of an athlete who sprains an ankle during a sporting event, with the team...Read More
Crawford Appoints CEO of Broadspire 01/23/2007
State: FL | Segment: Business | 124 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Crawford & Co. board of directors announced Monday the resignation of Robert P. Kublick, chief executive officer of Broadspire, its Florida-based third party administrator, effective immediately. The board asked current Broadspire President Dennis Replogle to lead the company. Replog...Read More
Change of Condition Separate From Penalty Problem 01/23/2007
State: GA | Segment: Courts | 69 | 0
An employer may assert a change of condition even after its notice to controvert the claim is ruled invalid, the Georgia 2nd Division Court of Appeals ruled. Tony Wade Fallin sustained a back injury in November 1998 during the course of his employment with Merritt Maintenance & Welding....Read More
Chiro Wants Fraud Indictment Dismissed 01/23/2007
State: PA | Segment: Fraud | 103 | 0
A Pennsylvania chiropractor is seeking dismissal of health care and mail fraud charges that are scheduled for trial next month, the Herald newspaper of Sharon, Pa., reported Monday. Brent J. Detelich, of Clearwater, Fla., asked the court that short of a dismissal, that some government evi...Read More
Clerical Error Not Excused for Late-Filed Appeal 01/23/2007
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 336 | 0
A clerical error caused a claimant's appeal to be filed late, but the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal said it can't undo the mistake. The court issued a terse opinion in Lane v. Sims Portex/Smiths Group, No. 1D06-5652, 01/19/2007, on a request by Vera Lane's claimant attorn...Read More
Calif. Calls for Standards on Butter Flavoring Chemical 01/22/2007
State: CA | Segment: Safety | 365 | 0
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board granted a petition filed by labor activists seeking safety standards for workers exposed to a chemical used in the manufacture of buttered popcorn. The issue now goes back to an advisory committee of the state Occupational Safe...Read More
Claimant Was Employee, Not Contractor 01/22/2007
State: IA | Segment: Courts | 144 | 0
Zella Cocherell, a claimant seeking worker's compensation from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, was an employee and not an independent contractor, and was therefore eligible to receive benefits, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled. Based on detailed findings of fact on the part of th...Read More
Chronic Pain Group Releases Primer on Meds 01/22/2007
State: NA | Segment: Medicine | 411 | 0 | Popular with Injured worker
The American Chronic Pain Association says medications can be helpful but are not universally effective without cognitive, behavioral, or physical reactivation treatments, in an update to Medication & Chronic Pain Supplement released this month. The 46-page document, available online, ser...Read More
Court Seeks Assistant Clerk for Lincoln 01/22/2007
State: NE | Segment: Regulatory | 129 | 0
The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court posted a notice of a vacancy for an assistant clerk in Lincoln. Closing date on the position is Jan. 29. Salary is $1,943.99 per month. Duties include creating legal files for petitions, distributing documents, processing orders an...Read More
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