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Treatment of Comorbidities Trickling Into Comp Claims 09/29/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 906 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 42 min read
As recognition grows of the potential impact of comorbidities such as obesity or diabetes on  injured workers’ recovery, carriers are becoming more open to the idea of taking steps to treat comorbidities within a workers’ compensation claim. ...Read More

Commission Applied Wrong Burden of Proof on Widow's Death Claim 09/29/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: MO | Segment: Top | 592 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday revived a widow's claim for benefits after her husband suffered a fatal heart attack while working in 100-degree weather. ...Read More

Lawmakers: Work Comp Fix Requires Surgical Strike 09/29/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 1136 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
A surgical strike, not sweeping reforms, will be needed to dull the impact of two Florida Supreme Court decisions that triggered a double-digit workers' comp rate increase, a Senate leader and a state representative said Wednesday. ...Read More

Court Upholds PTD Award for Worker's Physical Injuries and Depression 09/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 379 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld an award of permanent and total disability benefits to a worker for her injuries to her neck and shoulder, and her consequential depression. ...Read More

Court Upholds VSSR Award to Mechanic Who Lost Hand in Conveyor Belt Accident 09/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 639 | 0 | Popular with Other | 1 min read
An Ohio appellate court upheld an award of enhanced benefits to a worker who lost a hand in a conveyor belt accident, finding the worker's accident was the result of his employer's violation of specific safety requirements pertaining to the location of emergency shut-off switches. ...Read More

Worker Can Proceed With Claims for Alleged Injuries From Makeshift Ramp 09/29/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 317 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 10 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker was properly allowed to proceed with his Labor Law and negligence claims after he was allegedly struck by an unsecured plank at a construction site. ...Read More

Journal Article Makes Case for PT Provided by Physician Practice 09/29/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 514 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
Authors of an article in this month’s edition of AAOS Now, a publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, have fired back at critics of physician-owned physical therapy services. ...Read More
NCCI Proposes 12.1% Loss Cost Decrease 09/29/2016
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 580 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The National Council on Compensation Insurance has proposed a 12.1% decrease to Alabama's voluntary loss costs and a decrease of 13.6% to the assigned risk rates, effective March 1. The state's claims frequency has been declining for about a decade. This year's proposed loss c...Read More

Report Claims Little Oversight of Workplace Safety in State's Oil Industry 09/29/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 764 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
Oil and gas industry regulators have no authority to punish companies for workplace safety violations and they don’t share accident reports for safety officials, according to a report by the Denver Post...Read More
Self-Insured Subsequent Injury Fund Board Meeting Oct. 13 09/29/2016
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 339 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
The administrative board for the Subsequent Injury Account for Associations of Self-Insured Public or Private Employers in Nevada is meeting Oct. 13. The board will discuss and possibly vote on a reimbursement request, according to the agenda for the meeting. Members will also hear a...Read More
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