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Waters Are Roiled After More Post-Protz Court Decisions, Legislation 06/11/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 388 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 85 min read
The workers' compensation waters of Pennsylvania are in full churn after new court rulings have upended the impairment rating process, and legislation that aims to fix the process has left a deep partisan divide in its wake. ...Read More

Webinar Will Focus on Telemedicine Applications 06/11/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 203 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
As occupational medicine provider Concentra has expanded its telemedicine services into a dozen states, the company’s vice president of telemedicine services will be a featured speaker during a webinar on Tuesday. ...Read More

Worker Gets Benefits for Head Injury From Fainting 06/11/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 117 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 38 min read
The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled that a worker suffered a compensable head injury from striking the ground after she suffered a fainting episode at work, even though it was an admittedly personal infirmity that had caused her to faint. ...Read More

Worker With Significant Loss of Use of Dominant Hand Didn't Have 'Grave Injury' 06/11/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 114 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker with severe limitations on the use of his dominant hand had not suffered a “grave injury” to trigger his employer’s liability to a third party under the Workers’ Compensation Law. ...Read More
WCD Announces Good-Faith Exception for First Payment Audits 06/11/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 47 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 1 min read
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division said it will consider whether a carrier or self-insured employer had a reasonable explanation for not paying all temporary disability benefits due with the first payment. The division in 2016 said any first payment that doesn’t include...Read More

Women May Be at Higher Risk of PTSD, Commission Told 06/08/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 448 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 50 min read
OAKLAND, California — Men have a higher risk of being exposed to traumatic events that could spark post-traumatic stress disorder, but women have a higher risk of developing PTSD, according to a report presented Thursday to a California labor-management committee. ...Read More
WCIRB Governing Committee Meeting Wednesday 06/08/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 161 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 317 min read
The Governing Committee for California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is meeting Wednesday in Oakland to consider proposed changes to the Standard Classification System and the Experience Rating Plan. If the committee approves the proposed changes, the WCIRB w...Read More

Worker Loses FELA Claim Due to Failure to Secure Medical Expert Opinion 06/08/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 124 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
A Missouri appellate court ruled that a railway worker’s failure to secure expert medical witness testimony to link his alleged cumulative injuries to his job duties was fatal to his claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act. ...Read More

Work-Hardening Provider Gets 19 Years in Billing Scheme 06/07/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 212 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
A Houston man was sentenced this week to more than 19 years in federal prison for a string of felonies he committed as chief executive officer of Team Work Ready, a chain of 10 health care clinics spread across five southern states that catered to injured federal workers. ...Read More

Widow Can Proceed in State Court With Tort Claims for Diver's Death 06/07/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 970 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that a widow can proceed with claims for damages for her husband's offshore death, which happened in waters that fall within the ambit of the federal Death on the High Seas Act and Florida’s territorial jurisdiction. ...Read More
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