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Workers' Compensation in the United States: The First 100 Years

By Alan Pierce The year 1911 saw the enactment of this country’s first state-based Workers’ Compensation laws. The effects of the Industrial Revolution begun some decades earlier made it necessary to change the way the costs associated with workplace injuries and deaths were compensated...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: One Hundred Years Later

On March 25, 1911 six hundred workers were ending their day at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on the top floors of the 10-story Asch Building located on Washington Square East in Manhattan. Shortly before 4:45 p.m. fire broke out in wooden scrap boxes under the cutting tables. Workers rushed to...

KS: Workplace Injuries Across Kansas Decline

Topeka, KS (CompNewsNetwork) - Kansas workplace accidents declined by 12 percent in 2009, according to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The report, produced by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that nonfatal...

Kids’ Chance of America - Protecting the Dream - Workers’ Memorial Day

Every mother and father, no matter where in the world, no matter what culture, no matter what background, has at least one thing in common. All parents want things to be better for their kids than things were for them. They want their kids to be smarter, to live in a better house, to have a better job...

Healthcare Solutions Identifies Workers’ Compensation Future Trends and Potential Impacts

Healthcare Solutions, a medical cost management firm, released a paper on May 3, 2011, at the annual conference of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), identifying 10 emerging trends in medical treatment of workplace injuries. These trends are summarized below: Greater use of surgical...

New Progressive Medical White Paper Addresses Medical Foods in Workers’ Compensation

White paper offers insight on managing the rising expense of medical foods WESTERVILLE, Ohio--Progressive Medical, Inc. ( http://www.progressive-medical.com ) released a new white paper, “Managing the Medical Foods Dilemma.” The white paper addresses the increasing role medical foods...

25-Year-Old Construction Worker Receives First Full Face Transplant

A 25-year-old construction worker who lost most of his facial features to electrical burns became the first person in the US to receive a full face transplant. Dallas Wiehs was operating a boom lift in 2008 when it came into contact with an overhead power line. The construction accident cost Wiehs'...

Work Injuries: An Employer’s Investigating and Reporting Playbook

by Alyssa A. Sloan West Virginia law provides specific guidance regarding the reporting of workplace injuries by both employees and employers. For their part, every employee who sustains a workplace injury is obligated to provide immediate - or as soon thereafter as practicable - written notice...

Experts Address Pre-loss Control Programs

Panel Shows Benefits of Shifting Focus From Post-Injury Costs to Incident Prevention By John M. Stahl, Esq. An October 11, 2011, webinar entitled “ Injury Prevention & Pre-Loss Controls: A Paradigm Shift in Workers' Compensation, sponsored by Zurich [Insurance]” discussed how...

Experts Address Pre-loss Control Programs

Panel Shows Benefits of Shifting Focus From Post-Injury Costs to Incident Prevention By John M. Stahl, Esq. An October 11, 2011, webinar entitled “ Injury Prevention & Pre-Loss Controls: A Paradigm Shift in Workers' Compensation, sponsored by Zurich [Insurance]” discussed how...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

LexisNexis® Workers Compensation Law Community Podcast: Dr. Richard Victor on the Workers' Compensation System's Elephant in the Room

On this edition, Dr. Richard Victor, Executive Director of the Workers Compensation Research Institute, discusses the challenges of return to work opportunities for injured workers and the workers compensation questions presented by the unprecedented disruption of the labor market. Copyright© 2011...

Kids’ Chance of America: How You Can Make a Difference

Kids' Chance of America and two-dozen state Kids’ Chance organizations improve the lives of children with a parent killed or seriously disabled in an on-the-job injury, by providing scholarships to finish their post-high school education. At year’s end we pause to appreciate the volunteers...

Missouri: Supreme Court Reverses Comp Benefits From Making Coffee

Claimant was injured in an office kitchen after making coffee and fell when she turned to put coffee grounds into the trash eventually resulting in surgery to her hip and pelvis. The Supreme Court in Johme v St. John's Mercy Healthcare, No. SC 92113 (May 29, 2012), 2012 Mo Lexis 101 reversed an award...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (6/4/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: States With Low Workplace Nonfatal Injury Rates Have High Fatality Rates & Vice Versa . Workers...

Missouri: Court Rejects Co-employee Liability in Wrongful Death Claim

Many Missouri employees have been dragged in court recently regarding workplace injuries following a landmark 2010 case Robinson v Hooker , 323 S.W.3d 418 (Mo. App. W.D. 2010), which concluded the exclusive remedy of the Missouri workers’ compensation act after statutory reform no longer provided...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Court Dismisses Injured Workers' Tort Action Against Carrier for Five-Month Delay in Medical Benefits

Larson's Spotlight on Bad Faith Insurance Tactics, Benefits During Incarceration, Borrowing Employer, and Injury and Causation. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has...

California: Causation of Injury v. Causation of Disability

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below . The issue of causation has been a central theme in many recent cases. However, given that there are two types of legal causation in the world of workers’ compensation, it’s easy for people to get confused. 1. Causation of Injury...

Slow Recovery Affects Workers’ Comp Benefits and Costs

Click here to read more about how and why the "Slow Recovery Affects Workers' Comp Benefits and Costs" and to download this latest report from the National Academy of Social Insurance .

Why Every Employer Needs a Post-Injury Response Procedure: How to Keep the Ship on Course

At the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference®, Rebecca Shafer, JD, president of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc., will speak on Legal Triage: Team-Based Early Case Management to Fast-Track Claims. An employer’s actions in the minutes following a workplace...

Injured Workers Hire Attorneys Due To Lack of Employer Communication

Employers, in their efforts to control workers’ compensation claim cost, often go to great lengths to manage their safety program, provide medical management, and analyze data. Employers also often incorporate computer programs with the latest technology in their quest for work comp cost control...

Obesity in the Workforce – An Expanding Problem

American waistlines are expanding, with the adult obesity rate estimated by some to be as high as 40%. The obesity rate in the workforce has historically been lower than that of the general population, but this too is on the increase. Obese workers reportedly have more occupational limitations, more...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2015)

President Obama Signs Six-Year Extension of TRIA . President Obama Unveils Plan for Family Leave, Sick Days for Workers . Liberty Mutual 2014 Workplace Safety Index Lists Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries . NIOSH Examines Increased Risks of Birth Defects From Workplace Exposures . No Smoke...