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Moore: Think Again About Those COVID-19 Numbers 08/14/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 53 | 0
Many prognosticators and the press have rushed to publish or make sense of any workers' comp COVID-19 numbers, including claim counts and rating information.  ...Read More

Duff: Some Quick Thoughts on Presumptions 08/13/2020
By: Michael C. Duff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 97 | 0
I am very clear on why certain people do not “understand” COVID-19 workers’ compensation causation presumptions. There is that very old (gendered) Upton Sinclair saw: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding i...Read More

Snyder: Why Your Cases Aren't Settling 08/12/2020
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 126 | 0
Why aren’t your cases settling? In his book, "How to Talk to Strangers," best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell explains that we normally DTT — default to truth — when we receive communication. When we default to lies instead of to truth, we undermine our abili...Read More

Moore: Telecommuting Employee Accidents: Risk Management and Claims Nightmare? 08/11/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 178 | 0
The coronavirus pandemic grew what was a “cottage industry” type job to one of the most popular jobs in existence today. Most telecommuting employee accidents will involve in-home hazards. ...Read More

Geaney: Respondents Can Reopen Cases, Too 08/10/2020
By: John H. Geaney
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 105 | 0
Employers and workers’ compensation professionals are very familiar with reopener petitions or applications for modification of awards.  ...Read More

Paduda: COVID Is Crushing Work Comp Claim Counts 08/07/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 617 | 0
Thank you, California Workers' Compensation Institute. Due to its diligence and foresight, we now know: ...Read More

Peabody: WCAB Explains That SIBTF PD Should Be Added, Not Combined 08/06/2020
By: Michael Peabody
State: CA | Segment: Top | 256 | 0
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued an en banc decision in June clarifying that prior and subsequent injuries should be “added” and not “combined” to determine whether the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF) should be involved. ...Read More

Paduda: Implications Abound in Mitchell's Coventry Acquisition 08/05/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 388 | 0
The implications of Mitchell’s acquisition of Coventry’s workers’ comp business are broad, from insight into the futu...Read More
Mussack: Keep It Simple When Rating Heart Conditions With AMA Guides 08/04/2020
By: Tim Mussack
State: CA | Segment: Top | 181 | 0
With more and more applicants pleading internal issues, it’s important for defendants to understand how to properly rate impairment under the AMA Guides. That starts with understanding AMA Guides Chapters 3 and 4, which address the cardiovascular system and disorders of the heart. T...Read More

Duff: Report Recommends OSHA Private Right of Action 08/03/2020
By: Michael C. Duff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 244 | 0
Departing sharply from notions of “liability immunity,” member scholars at the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) — including yours truly — have offered in a new report ...Read More
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