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Workers' Compensation News

Diamonds Are Forever, Settlements May Be too 04/17/2015
By: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 555 | 0
A couple of settlement cases across the country provided some insight last month, and WorkCompCentral reported on both of them. In the first, review of a settlement was denied, and the settlement is permanent. In the second, an injured worker sought recovery from a former attorney and was denied....Read More
Drug Distribution: Friends in High Places 01/13/2015
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 770 | 0
Here's the simple version: a drug is discovered, researched and developed by a pharmaceutical company. The company takes a new chemical compound from the work bench of a scientist through the various stages of animal testing and then through phases I, II and III (and sometimes IV) trials mand...Read More
December 2014 Case Law Update 12/04/2014
Source: Michael W. Sullivan
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1275 | 0
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION In Booth v. Chicago Bulls, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 487, the WCAB reversed a WCJ and held that it did not have jurisdiction over a professional basketball player's claim for injury when he participated in practices only three times in Californi...Read More
Drug Formularies -- much Needed in Workers' Comp 10/10/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 487 | 0
Controlling drug usage in workers’ comp is – far too often – the proverbial pushing on the rope. Sure, pharmacy benefit managers and payers have done a remarkable job constraining costs and reducing the initial inappropriate use of opioids. Virtually all payers use pharm...Read More
Does the Workers' Compensation System Really Want to Encourage and Reward Thieves? 10/07/2014
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 646 | 0
As licensed Illinois attorneys and court watchers, we confirm for our readers the strongest respect for the venerated members of our Appellate and Supreme Courts. The men and women on those judicial bodies are of the highest caliber and beyond reproach. They have to deal with civil litigation and...Read More
Decisions Show Need for thorough Investigations of Injuries on Employer Premises 09/03/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 633 | 0
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently issued two decisions relating to issues involving course and scope of employment and premises liability: Ace Wire Spring and Form Co. v. WCAB (Walshesky), 29 PAWCLR 110 (Pa. Commw. 2014) and PPL v. WCAB (Kloss), 29 PAWCLR 112 (Pa. Commw. 2014). Both of...Read More
Do Doctors Expire in 10 Years? 05/15/2014
By: Dr. Robert Weinmann
State: NA | Segment: | 363 | 0
"Do doctors expire in 10 years" is the title of the lead article in AAPS news from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol. 70, No. 5, May 2014. Our readers may enjoy comparing this piece with items from The Weinmann Report, ...Read More
Death on a Ga. RR Trestle Sparks Calls for Hollywood Safety Reforms 03/13/2014
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: | 713 | 0
If film making news isn't on your radar, you might have missed the story about a gruesome death on a film set near Jessup, Ga., in late February. Like many workplace deaths, it didn't attract a lot of immediate notice beyond the local sphere and within the film industry. But the sadness and ...Read More
Dismissed Attorneys Lien Must Be Addressed Prior to C&R 03/06/2014
State: CA | Segment: | 706 | 0
On occasion, your humble blogger feels himself an advocate for injured workers.  Yes, yes, laugh it up, but in all seriousness, I’m very sympathetic to workers that have suffered actual injuries while doing their jobs.  I’ve been very fortunate that my clients have bent over ba...Read More
DSM-5 vs. DSM-IV-TR: The Workers' Comp Solution 01/23/2014
By: Dr. Bruce Leckart
State: NA | Segment: | 1059 | 0
For those of you who have been regular readers of my newsletters you probably recall that since June 2013, I have been writing about the DSM-5 and some of the many problems with this diagnostic manual that adversely affect personal injury and workers’ compensation litigation. In this current n...Read More
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