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Workers' Compensation News

The Fight Comes to my own Backyard 04/22/2015
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 742 | 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 | 1282 | 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
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 610 | 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
By: Nancy Grover (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 770 | 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
Texas Case Law Update 03/20/2015
By: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: Top | 536 | 0
NEW! Saiz v. Susser Holdings Corp., 04-14-00487-CV, (03/11/2015): A Texas appellate court upheld an arbitrator's decision that a worker's claims against her nonsubscribing employer were time-barred because she had failed to demand arbitration of them before the expiration of the statute o...Read More
Telecommuting or the Case of the slithery Critter 03/10/2015
By: Nancy Grover
State: NA | Segment: Top | 986 | 0
A recent troubling experience led me to thoughts about telecommuting, workers’ comp and how employers can protect themselves against unnecessary claims. The short version of my sad tale is this: Living in Florida (sorry northeasterners!), brings with it concerns about critters &ndas...Read More
Two new major Reports on Workers' Comp 03/09/2015
By: Tom Lynch
State: NA | Segment: Top | 542 | 0
In what can be nothing other than a coordinated move, both OSHA and ProPublica on March 4 released major reports targeting similar workers' comp issues. ProPublica's report was coproduced with National Public Radio. The Demolition of Workers' Comp ProP...Read More
The Opt-Out War Heats Up 03/02/2015
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 587 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
In the past few weeks, events 680 miles apart sharpened the debate over the merits of workers’ compensation opt-out. In Nashville, state senator Mark Green submitted a bill, SB 721, to create an opt-out system in Tennessee. He had advice and support from ...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 02/20/2015
State: TX | Segment: Top | 530 | 0
NEW! Rincones v. WHM Custom Services et al., 13-11-00075-CV, (02/12/2015): Workers' compensation exclusive remedy did not protect a business from a negligence claim filed by a worker who alleged that he was fired after a mandatory drug test falsely indicated that he had used marijuana, the Te...Read More
The New Mexico Marijuana Case is even Weirder than You Think 02/04/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 827 | 0
Of all the states, who would have guessed that New Mexico would be the hotbed of medical marijuana court decisions? Between the Vialpando v. Ben’s Auto. Servs., in May and the ...Read More
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