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System Participants Debate Impact of Change in Expert Medical Evaluator Statute 03/15/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 955 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
A change in the way medical disputes are decided is coming to Florida. Florida Statutes Section 440.13 requires that a judge of compensation claims appoint an expert medical advisor when there are conflicting opinions between the parties' medical experts. Last Thursday, Gov. R...Read More

Worker's 10th Grade Education Can Be Positive Vocational Factor 03/15/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 487 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
An Ohio appellate court ruled that a worker's 10th grade education, coupled with his strong work history, can be considered a positive factor in favor of finding he is not permanently and totally disabled. ...Read More

4th Circuit Finds No Reversible Error in Jury Instructions for Disability Discrimination Suit 03/15/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 903 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A federal appellate court ruled that an injured housekeeper failed to prove any reversible error in the jury instructions on her disability discrimination claim against her former employer. ...Read More

Worker Who Returned to Time-of-Injury Job Could Get Supplemental Earning Benefits 03/15/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 1007 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a worker who returned to her job after injuring her wrist was entitled to supplemental earning benefits after she left her job. ...Read More

Cabinet Maker Faces $107,000 Penalty for Fire Hazards 03/15/2016
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 361 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 2 min read
The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries cited a cabinet maker $107,000 for exposing workers to fire hazards from flammable liquids, caustic chemicals and other safety violations. ...Read More

Court Says Worker Should Have Gotten Summary Judgment on Labor Law Claim 03/15/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 421 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 4 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker who fell through a hole in a scaffold should have been granted summary judgment on his Labor Law claim. ...Read More

Governor Signs Bill Limiting Opioid Prescriptions 03/15/2016
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 716 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill to limit the amount of opioids that could be provided in an initial prescription and require physicians consult with a prescription drug monitoring database before prescribing certain narcotics. ...Read More

Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Comp Bills 03/15/2016
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 341 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
Oregon lawmakers concluded the 2016 session without acting on bills that would have excluded sick leave pay from the definition of payroll, expressly prohibited employers from directing care and extended term limits for advisory council members. ...Read More

House Passes Bill Allowing Electronic Submission of Treatment Plans 03/15/2016
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 538 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow physicians to submit medical treatment plans to employers electronically. ...Read More
Concentra Acquires Two Clinics in Denver Region 03/15/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 528 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
Concentra announced on Monday that it has acquired OccMed Colorado, which includes two centers in the Denver area. The acquisition brings to 20 the number of Concentra locations in Colorado. Dr. Gary Zuehlsdorff and Dr. Gregory D. Smith will continue to lead the two acqu...Read More
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