Workers’ Compensation Issues

Workers' Compensation Issues

Concussions

In a press release, the National Football League (NFL) announced that it had reached an agreement regarding concussions and football. The press release stated that, former United States District Judge Layn Phillips was the court-appointed mediator in the concussion-related lawsuits. Judge Phillips announced that the […]

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Unnecessary surgeries

The USA Today recently published the results of a study that looked at the incidence of unnecessary surgeries. The study reviewed government records and medical databases. Unnecessary surgeries… Some of the unnecessary surgeries are done for the financial rewards. Surgery can be quite lucrative. Others […]

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First responders bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a first responders bill. In a somewhat partisan vote, the Senate failed to override the veto by a vote of 22-14. All of the Democratic Senators that were present voted “yes” (except Senator Dick Cody, who abstained). In […]

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Workers' Compensation Issues

Return to work (RTW)

The following information on return to work (RTW) comes from The Institute of Work and Health. The IWH is a Canadian organization that conducts and shares work-related research. The mission of the IWH is to protect and improve the health of working people. In the […]

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Workers’ compensation insurance rates

Workers’ compensation insurance rates are soon expected to increase in California. That’s the word from the California Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRIB). A report by the WCRIB recently released a report. The report stated that workers’ compensation premiums (rates) should increase by 3.4% in 2014. […]

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OxyContin abuse

There was a very interesting article in this week’s Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times about the abuse of OxyContin. The LA Times has recently published a series of reports on the growing problem of opioid use and abuse. In this report, Purdue Pharma, […]

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Personal responsibility

Personal responsibility does not seem to be related to workers’ compensation claims. An example of this can be seen in the case of Gary Schwirse versus his employer. Mr. Schwirse was employed as a longshoreman for Marine Terminals Corporation. On January 8, 2006 he was […]

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Overtreatment of back pain

A recent study discusses the overtreatment of back pain. The study was published in the most recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine Online. The study was done by John Mafi, MD and his colleagues. Dr. Mafi is a researcher at Massachusetts’ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical […]

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Pepper spray and workers’ compensation

There is a very interesting case involving the use of pepper spray and workers’ compensation. The case involves a security officer for the University of California, Davis. Pepper spray John Pike, the security officer involved, used pepper spray on a number of individuals in November […]

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Heroin use in New England

There has been a recent rise in the use of heroin in the New England states. According to an article in the New York Times, the use of heroin in the northern states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire) has sky-rocketed. Dr. Mark Publicker, president of the […]

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First responders bill vetoed

A first responders bill (SB 1778) has been vetoed in New Jersey. The bill would have provided additional workers’ compensation benefits for public safety workers. SB 1778, was introduced to the New Jersey legislature by State Senator Linda R. Greenstein. It would have guaranteed workers’ […]

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Athletes and workers’ compensation

The issue of athletes and workers’ compensation is still on the table. Recently, Zack Follett filed a workers’ compensation claim in California. Follett played professional football for the Detroit Lions. He was severely injured while covering a kickoff return in a game against the New […]

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