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August 2013 Case Law Update 08/13/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 1227 | 0
The following is a summary of important updates to California workers' compensation law.JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATIONIn Williams v. New York Knickerbockers, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 234, the WCAB held that it had jurisdiction over an applicant's cumulative traum...Read More
AASCIF: Report from the Annual Conference 07/23/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 797 | 0
If you’re going to have a conference in Austin, Texas, in July, you’d best make sure there are lots of things to do, excellent speakers and a great staff.Texas Mutual, host of this year’s American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds annual conference, got ...Read More
AB 76, a Trailer Bill that Makes a Difference 06/25/2013
By: Dr. Robert L. Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: | 531 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Assembly Bill 76 is a 120-page trailer bill that made it through the Legislature to the governor's desk without a public hearing. Trailer bills are expected to be limited to technical changes and are not expected to contain substantive language that should be presented in public hearings....Read More
America's Deadliest Jobs 06/10/2013
By: Red Hollingsworth
State: NA | Segment: | 485 | 0 | Popular with Legal
You know that old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” This statement may not offer a lot of comfort as an employer. Work comp claims are a challenge for you and most definitely for your worker. These 10 jobs that are listed below involve some of the most brave and n...Read More
Annals of Claims Management: Full Catastrophe Denial 05/17/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 810 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In the Insider's decade of exploring workers' comp, we have encountered many unusual instances of compensability, legitimate claim denials and outright fraud. But rarely have we found cases where a claims administrator, in this case, a third-party administrator simply refuses to pay for medi...Read More
Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: Great Solution, Wrong Problem 05/15/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 655 | 0
I was asked recently what Prium's plan will be when the "opioid crisis" passes. My first thought was that I'll probably be dead and gone by then (I'm not that old, mind you). The answer I gave (and which I wholeheartedly believe) is that workers' compensation is the ultimate tail cla...Read More
Annals of Compensability: A Tick in Time 04/15/2013
State: NY | Segment: | 602 | 0
Ben Ciccone Inc. is a construction company that confronts formidable risks every working day. They are involved in excavation, site development, bridge construction and, if that isn't risky enough for you, blasting and demolition. Most underwriters would give them a quick pass. So it is ironic t...Read More
AB 1309: An Unwarranted WC Ins. Exemption for a Special Interest 04/12/2013
By: Brad Chalk
State: CA | Segment: | 1001 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Assembly Bill 1309 by Henry Perea, D-Fresno, shifts National Football League owners’ injury costs to taxpayers, aiding billionaires in avoiding responsibility for players’ injuries, including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.Workers’ compensati...Read More
A 21st Century National Compensation Committee? 04/10/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 928 | 0 | Popular with Legal
I recently attended a program at which Professor John Burton spoke regarding his service on the 1972 National Commission on Workers' Compensation. He recounted how that commission met 11 times, over 32 days. The end result was the formulation of 19 essential recommendations. He noted that these ...Read More
A Clear Message to Lien Claimants 04/08/2013
By: Reid L. Steinfeld and Richard Boggan
State: CA | Segment: | 944 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical providers, lien collection companies and lien claimants won’t last long if they don’t adapt to the statutory, regulatory and legal environment in California’s workers’ compensation system.The passage of SB 863 and regulations promulgated by the Division of...Read More
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