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The Uber Cases 06/26/2015
By: Julius Young
State: NA | Segment: Top | 753 | 0
One of the most significant issues on the workers’ comp horizon is how the courts will deal with the so-called “new economy.” What are the requirements for workers’ comp coverage in the “shared economy?” Uber, the most prominent of the new “shared...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 05/22/2015
By: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: Top | 420 | 0
NEW! Tran v. Broadway Family Dental Care, 14-14-00318-CV, (05/14/2015): A dental office employee's premises liability suit against her employer for her slip-and-fall on a wet floor was not a health care liability claim governed by the Texas Medical Liability Act, the 14th Court of Appeal...Read More
The Fiasco Starts Here: MPNs and Workers' Compensation in Calif. 05/07/2015
By: Alan Z. Gurvey
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1584 | 0
Recently I was interviewing a candidate for a vacant attorney position at our firm. I asked the attorney, who had spent most of his career as a defense attorney, what he thought the three most difficult challenges would be as an applicant attorney in today’s post-SB 863 environment. He firs...Read More
The worst Kind of "Whack-a-Mole" 04/28/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 631 | 0
I've heard the "whack-a-mole" analogy applied to nearly every facet of business. Frankly, it's a tired and worn out analogy. But it's also an image that paints a clear picture of a common issue and, thus, we can't seem to escape its constant use. We're always solving...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 04/23/2015
By: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: Top | 577 | 0
NEW! Insurance Co. of the State of Pennsylvania v. Hughes, 10-12-00414-CV, (04/16/2015): A Texas appellate court rejected an insurance carrier's challenge to a jury's finding that a worker had given her employer timely notice of her occupational disease and that she was entitled to benefi...Read More
The aging Workforce; Standing Up for better Health 04/20/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 586 | 0 | Popular with Other
There's a funny thing about pain. You don't realize it's gone until it comes back. When it does, you get an 'oh yeah, I remember this,' feeling. Getting out of my car recently after an unusually long ride gave me such a moment of realization. After sitting for several ...Read More
The Fight Comes to my own Backyard 04/22/2015
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 663 | 0
Fulton County, Georgia, has filed a lawsuit against several of the major drug distribution companies (McKesson, Cardinal, etc.) seeking damages related to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. I haven't read...Read More
The Bodam Decision – Timely Utilization Review 04/01/2015
By: David Chun
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1070 | 0
Since its inception, utilization review (UR) has become an essential tool in curbing runaway and unnecessary medical treatment. The Legislature strengthened the power of UR with the passing of SB 863 by taking disputes regarding UR decisions out of the hands of workers' compensation judges an...Read More
Terrorism Shows Holes in Workers’ Comp Benefits 03/30/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 553 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Insurance Information Institute criticized ProPublica’s recent reportage on workers’ comp. It noted contributions by insurers in reducing the rate of injuries. But the III did not address the main point of ProPublica, which the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration al...Read More
The controversy over UDT 03/23/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 712 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical treatment guidelines, such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines, recommend urine drug testing for injured workers prescribed opioids. And yet, studies show that few physicians actually pr...Read More
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