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More on Concussions in Sports 03/26/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 700 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Over the last several months a debate has been raging over proposals to revamp and reduce the eligibility of many professional athletes to file cumulative trauma claims in California.And football in particular has been in the spotlight for several years as high-profile ex-player suicides...Read More
Miss. Federal Courts Willing to Make MSA Determinations 03/15/2013
By: Jennifer Jordan
State: NA | Segment: | 947 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
You may recall that a federal court in Florida recently denied a party’s motion to allow the court to determine the need for and amount of a liability Medicare set-aside in the Early v. Carnival Cruise case, stating that it is not the court's place to write in terms of an agreement nor iss...Read More
March 2013 Case Law Update 03/08/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 1446 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The following is a summary of important updates to California workers' compensation law.INJURYIn Mendoza (Villanueva) v. Redwood Empire Sawmill, 2012 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 649, the WCAB found a sudden and extraordinary employment event for the purposes of LC 32...Read More
More on Independent Medical Review Pay 02/25/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 506 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In two recent posts I've examined the issue of what doctors will be paid to do independent medical reviews (IMRs) under the new system that has gone into effect for post-1/1/13 cases.Greg Jones of WorkCompCentral.com has been covering this issue. In a piece posted Feb. 13 on the webs...Read More
Medicare, MSAs, the SMART Act and your Taxes 02/11/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 452 | 0
I’ve long avoided getting into the Medicare Set-Aside issue for a bunch of reasons: it’s highly esoteric, requires deep knowledge, is ever-changing, can get pretty nasty and getting educated about MSAs would come with a high opportunity cost – I wouldn’t be able to do any rea...Read More
Medical Association Blatantly Distorts DWC Report 01/15/2013
State: FL | Segment: | 465 | 0
Warning, this post contains adult language.Not content with reaching into employers’ pockets and taxpayers’ bank accounts, the physician dispensing industry’s slimy tentacles are oozing into the world of what passes for journalism at the Sunshine State News, and, based ...Read More
Managing the Sexual Assault Case 12/26/2012
By: Martin Klug
State: MO | Segment: | 904 | 0
The Missouri Court of Appeals recently increased benefits nearly $60,000 to a 27-year-old woman who states a co-worker raped her at work. T.H. v. Sonic Drive In of High Ridge, 2012 Mo App Lexis 1585 (December 18, 2012); 2012 Mo WCLR Lexis 102.  The court of appeals awarded benefits ...Read More
Mental Illness in the Cockpit, Revisited 11/16/2012
State: NA | Segment: | 664 | 0
The last time we encountered Clayton Osbon, he was strapped to a gurney after being forcibly removed from an airplane. Osbon was a Jet Blue pilot who had a psychotic break during a flight from New York to Las Vegas back in March. He randomly flipped switches in the cockpit, turned off the radio and ...Read More
More Employers Turning to Surveillance to Combat WC Fraud 11/05/2012
State: CA | Segment: | 700 | 0
If an employee suffers a serious work-related injury here in California, they can turn to their employer's workers' compensation insurer for the financial assistance they will need as they recover. Unfortunately, employee fraud is still relatively common, in that some employees will fake or ...Read More
May IBR Process Be Used For Lien Disputes Filed Prior to Jan. 1? 10/19/2012
By: Reid L. Steinfeld and Richard Boggan
State: CA | Segment: | 683 | 0 | Popular with Legal
With the Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) and Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) scheduled to enact new proposed regulations by November, the issue of whether medical providers with fee schedule disputes for dates of service prior to Jan. 1, 2013, can avail themselves of th...Read More
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