Editor's note: Physician dispensing for workers’ compensation patients has received close scrutiny in the past several years. This past week, Dr. David Fletcher spoke at the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce 9th annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium at the Lis...Read More
OSHA recently released a final rule on injury reporting and electronic record keeping that is raising hackles in many quarters. If you aren’t aware of the rule, this post will get you up to speed and will present an overview of the controversy.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index calculator, what you bought for $100 in 1973 would today cost $533.82. Despite this, during that same period wage growth for the median hourly worker ...Read More
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JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION
In King v. Comppartners, Inc. (2016) E063527, the 4th District Court of Appeal held that an injured worker could assert a civil tort claim against a utilization review (UR) doctor for failing to warn him about the potential consequences associated with the abr...Read More
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NEW! Hawkins v. Publix Super Markets, 1D14-5420, (11/12/2015): Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal reversed a judge's order suspending a worker's temporary partial disability benefits, saying the judge hadn't made sufficient findings to support the conclusion that the...Read More
The rules about when and how to order records from a copy service as a medical-legal expense changed dramatically on July 1, 2015, through enactment of the copy service fee schedule regulations.
Applicant attorneys who ignore these changes and continue to order records from copy services ...Read More
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Could federal oversight of state workers’ comp systems be on the horizon?
Although politically unlikely, some Congressional Democrats are proposing that. In an Oct. 20 letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, 10 U.S. senators and representatives call for Perez to “strength...Read More
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NEW! Redaei v. Pharmerica, Specialty Risk Services and Redaei, 1D15-1582, (10/22/2015): A judge of compensation claims abused her discretion by reducing the amount of a claimant attorney's request for fees and costs after the insurer's attorney filed a response to the request mo...Read More
NEW! Babahmetovic v. Scan Design Florida/Zenith Insurance Co., 1D14-2986, (10/08/2015): An injured worker had a right to change his authorized treating physician even though his employer had denied his claim based on a preexisting condition, the Florida 1st District Court of Appeals ruled, revers...Read More