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Percentage of Surgical Carpal-Tunnel Cases Varies by State, Company Reports 12/12/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 147 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 71 min read
Twenty percent of carpal tunnel cases in California in which physical therapy was provided through MedRisk, a workers’ comp physical medicine management company, were post-surgical cases, while the other 80% did not involve surgery, the company said. ...Read More

Worker Gets Summary Judgment on Claim for Injuries From Collapse of Plywood Structure 12/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 76 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker was entitled to summary judgment on his Labor Law claim based on injuries from the collapse of a plywood structure he was assembling. ...Read More

Rate of Musculoskeletal Disorders 5 Times Higher for Firefighters 12/12/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 107 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 210 min read
The rate of workers’ compensation claims involving musculoskeletal disorders in Washington state was 2.7 per 100 full-time equivalents for firefighters, compared to 0.5 per 100 FTE for all other occupations. ...Read More

Three Indicted in Compounding Kickback Scheme 12/12/2018
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 146 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
An indictment handed down by a federal grand jury accuses two Oklahoma physicians and a third man of participating in a kickback scheme that billed the federal workers’ compensation program, Medicare and Tricare $4.7 million for compound drugs that were prescribed by doctors who were paid k...Read More

First Responder Spouses Now Eligible for Death Benefits After Remarrying 12/12/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 93 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
Widowed spouses of first responders are now eligible for death benefits for life, even after remarrying, the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation announced this week. ...Read More

Rand Recommends Incentives for Quality, Timely Med-Legal Reports 12/11/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 628 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
California’s Medical-Legal Fee Schedule could be improved by abandoning the time-based payment methodology for a flat rate, and adding bonuses for timely and complete reports, according to a new Rand Corp. report...Read More

Employer May Apportion Disability to Pre-Existing, Asymptomatic Condition 12/11/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1044 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
A California appellate court ruled that an employer may apportion a worker’s disability following a work injury to a previously asymptomatic, underlying condition. ...Read More

Report: Deferred Retirement Program Not Cost-Neutral 12/11/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 342 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A deferred retirement program intended to keep veteran police and firefighters on the job in Los Angeles is not cost-neutral, despite being sold as such to voters in 2001. ...Read More

Ride-Share's Role in Comp Transportation Debated 12/11/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 298 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft are making inroads into workers’ compensation transportation, but how big of a role they will ultimately play in shuttling injured workers to and from medical appointments is being hotly debated. ...Read More

Bicklein Trial Set; Defendant Contends Payments Were Legal Because Clients Signed Forms 12/11/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 630 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
A prominent claimants' attorney who is accused of taking kickbacks from the Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas plans to assert that it was not a crime to accept the payments because his clients had signed consent forms acknowledging the arrangement. ...Read More
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