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Supreme Court Deals with Question of Voluntary Job Abandonment 11/04/2014
Source: Paul Pfeifer
State: NA | Segment: Top | 600 | 0
On Sept. 6, 2006, Wanda Jacobs injured her back while working at her job for Cenveo, Inc. – a manufacturer of envelopes, labels and related items. She was treated at the emergency room the next day and released. Her treating physician – Dr. Marinela L. Turc – said that Wanda cou...Read More
 
 
Storm Warnings Not to Ignore 10/27/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 553 | 0
I recently asked some individuals if the workers' compensation system might experience big disruptions in the next three years.  They answered by a strong consensus that the downward trend in work injuries will not reverse itself, nor accelerate. At least half considered as proba...Read More
 
 
Still Pending 09/26/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 482 | 0
In the next few days Gov. Jerry Brown will probably act on two bills of great interest to the workers’ comp community. According to an Assembly floor analysis, Assembly Bill 2616 (Skinner) would “extend to certain hospital employees who provide direct patient care the pre...Read More
 
 
September Case Law Update 09/12/2014
Source: Michael W. Sullivan
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1216 | 0
BUSINESS OF INSURANCE In Green-Steininger v. Image Support Systems, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 377, the WCAB affirmed a WCJ's decision that CIGA was not entitled to any further reimbursement from a special employer when it established by a preponderance of substantial eviden...Read More
 
 
Supreme Court Decides to Stay Out of Work-Product Issue 06/10/2014
By: Joshua G. Holden
State: AL | Segment: | 381 | 0
In Ex parte Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., released on September 27, 2013 (summarized on our blog September 28, 2013), the Alabama Supreme Court granted the employer’s pe...Read More
 
 
Stats, Lies and the Truth 05/19/2014
By: Michael T. Berns
State: NY | Segment: | 537 | 0
As I have written on more than one occasion, a hospital can brag about how the mortality rate in their hospital has dropped to almost zero: they have a special squad that takes patients who are about to die and moves them into the parking lot next door to die.The same holds true for the ...Read More
 
 
Should We Get the Workers' Comp Commission Ready for Rauner? 03/27/2014
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 781 | 0
As we predicted, upstart candidate Bruce Rauner basically came from nowhere to sweep to become the Republican candidate for Governor. The oddest aspect of the primary was the millions spent by government unions to support Rauner’s leading Republican opponent and the phone calls and pleas for D...Read More
 
 
Structure of MSA Negotiation Provides Insurer with Rare Windfall 01/08/2014
By: Jennifer Jordan
State: NA | Segment: | 1752 | 0
The way Medicare set-asides are arranged these days, carriers generally have no benefit in unused funds upon a claimant’s premature death. Absent a custodial situation, carriers retain no rights in funds ultimately not needed for future medical expenses. MSA funds are actually completely unenc...Read More
 
 
Startling Numbers from Calif. Workers' Comp Reform 12/02/2013
By: James J. Moore
State: CA | Segment: | 463 | 0
Workers Compensation Action Network (WCAN) recently published a press release and email on the effects on Senate Bill 863. Even if you have no California workers' compensation interest...Read More
 
 
Should We Reconsider How Death Benefits Are Awarded? 11/14/2013
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 399 | 0
Not sure if you like or dislike gay marriage and divorce, but we are certain one’s personal feelings have nothing to do with it any more — it is soon to be the law in our state, our elected leaders have spoken and we are all going to have to adjust. On some levels, we are thrilled to see...Read More
 
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