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Employer Can't Compel IME With Psychiatrist Before Provision of Treatment 06/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 55 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that a worker could not be compelled to attend an independent medical evaluation with a psychiatrist prior to receiving any treatment for a mental health condition. ...Read More

Employer Had Immunity for Civil Claim for Worker's Death, But Co-Employee Doesn't 06/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 67 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
A Florida appellate court ruled that the family of a construction worker could not proceed with a tort claim against his employer for a fatal accident, but the court revived the family’s claim against a co-employee. ...Read More

Employer's Waiver of 'Kotecki' Defense Doesn't Waive Comp Lien 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 119 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 15 min read
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that an employer’s waiver of its affirmative defense to limit its liability for an injury sustained by an employee did not also constitute a waiver of its statutory workers’ compensation lien. ...Read More

Electronic-Prescribing Mandates Rapidly Multiplying 06/12/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 260 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
By 2020, at least 10 states will require electronic prescribing of opioids, and in some cases other drugs, in a strategy aimed at curbing opioid misuse that could also have benefits for workers’ comp. ...Read More

Employer Can't Recover Benefits Paid to Worker Through Indemnity Agreement 06/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 131 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
The Hawaii Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that an employer cannot recover workers' compensation payments under a contractual indemnification provision with a third-party tortfeasor that causes injury to its own employee. ...Read More
Erica Bro Appointed Program Manager for StateFund First 06/08/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 214 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
StateFund First announced Thursday the promotion of Erica Bro to program manager. ...Read More

Employers Can't Be Held Liable for Drunken Paralegal's Fatal Accident With Train 06/08/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 259 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
A Florida appellate court on Wednesday ruled that a worker’s family could not stake a viable claim against her dual employers for allegedly plying her with alcohol and then leaving her out on the street. ...Read More

Energy Co. Fined $125K After Deadly Conveyor Incident 06/05/2018
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 36 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
A renewable energy company in Mount Laurel is facing $125,460 in proposed federal penalties after a worker was pulled into a conveyor and suffered fatal injuries. ...Read More

Employer Can't Authorize Doctor in 'Similar' Specialty in Response to Worker's Request for Change 06/05/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 114 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a doctor’s specialty is determinative of whether he can be appointed as a worker’s treating physician when the worker makes a request for a one-time change. ...Read More

Emily Fisher Named Acting President at MedData 06/05/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 105 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
MedData Inc., a provider of financial services for health systems and a part of Mednax, has named Emily Fisher as acting president. ...Read More
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