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Feds Sue Over Hanford Presumption 12/12/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 78 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 95 min read
The federal government followed through on its threat to sue the state of Washington over a law creating a presumption that cancer and other conditions developed by workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are compensable. ...Read More

GAO: Clearer Communication From DOL Needed on Energy Worker Claims 12/12/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 78 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
More than two-thirds of the 7,000 energy worker claims that the U.S. Department of Labor reopened from 2012 to 2017 were approved for compensation, according to the federal Government Accountability Office. ...Read More
WCD Bulletin Covers Loss Reporting Instructions 12/12/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 62 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division posted an instructional bulletin outlining the process for self-insured employers and self-insured employer groups to report claims data next year. Self-insured employers must report total claim payments, outstanding reserves and total i...Read More

Worker Wrongfully Denied Treatment Authorization Can't Get Retroactive OK for Surgery 12/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 96 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 16 min read
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a worker had been wrongfully denied cervical fusion surgery by an authorized provider but was not entitled to retroactive authorization of a different surgery performed by an unauthorized provider. ...Read More

Printing Company Fined for Safety Violations 12/12/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 31 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 16 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a south Florida printing company more than $71,000 for failure to protect employees from amputation, electrical and fall hazards. ...Read More

Presumption of Occupational Causation Applied to Firefighter Who Had Heart Attack While on Leave 12/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 6 min read
A workers’ compensation insurance carrier could not avoid the presumption of occupational causation for a firefighter’s heart attack just because he was on leave from his job when it happened. ...Read More

Governor Names Two to Fill Vacancies on WC Court 12/12/2018
State: RI | Segment: NORTH | 86 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed two attorneys to fill two vacancies on the state's Workers' Compensation Court. ...Read More

No Work Disability Award for Employee With Hearing Loss 12/12/2018
Source: WorkComoCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 100 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 159 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that a worker was not entitled to an award for work disability because of his inability to use hearing protection and his prescribed hearing aids while performing his job as a paving machine operator. ...Read More

Percentage of Surgical Carpal-Tunnel Cases Varies by State, Company Reports 12/12/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 152 | 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
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