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Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (6/27/2010)

Larson’s Spotlight on Immigration Status, Going and Coming Rule, Stress, Diabetes, and Wrongful Death. 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 compiled the list below...

Diabetes Epidemic in America as Cost Driver in the Workers’ Comp System

Stuart D. Colburn, a Shareholder of Downs Stanford in Austin, Texas, analyzes the impact of the diabetes epidemic in America, one of the primary cost drivers in the workers’ compensation system. To view his slide presentation on this topic, click here .

Living (and Dying) in the Stroke Belt and the Implications for Workers’ Compensation

By Thomas A. Robinson In the South, we take great pride in a form of perverse magic: we can turn a green vegetable into a stroke. It's pretty simple, really. You take some freshly picked okra, wash it, slice it in half-inch sections, dip the sections in buttermilk, dredge them in corn meal that's...

Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/23/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation Bridgestone Firestone, Old Republic Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Ronald Fussell (aka Ronald Fussel) , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 179 ...

Workplace Wellness Programs Return on Investment and Implementation Tips

By Rebecca A. Shafer, J.D., President, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. Michael Stack, Editor and Director of Operations, Amaxx LLC. Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations, LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community Of the many workers’ compensation cost...

Workplace Wellness Programs Return on Investment and Implementation Tips

By Rebecca A. Shafer, J.D., President, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. Michael Stack, Editor and Director of Operations, Amaxx LLC. Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations, LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community Of the many workers’ compensation cost...

Can a Successful Workplace Wellness Program Improve A Company’s Stock Market Performance?

By Teresa McLoughlin Rice, Esq. As companies grapple with ever-increasing healthcare costs, an intriguing notion that boosting employee health and safety can also boost company profitability, has been gaining traction. To test the soundness of this premise, HealthNEXT LLC recently undertook a study...

Nebraska: Failure to Follow Doctor’s Orders Defeats Otherwise Compensable Claim

A Nebraska appellate court has affirmed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Court that limited an injured employee’s medical benefits to the costs of his first medical appointment where it found that the employee thereafter failed to follow and comply with his physician’s...

The Aging Workforce: How to Manage Workers’ Comp Costs for the Silver Bunch

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Here’s the story of an aging workforce that can’t afford to leave their jobs...

South Carolina: High Court Says Employer/Insurer Should Receive Partial Reimbursement for Extra Medical Costs and Outlays Related to Pre-existing Diabetes Condition

As did a number of other states, South Carolina established a Second Injury Fund to encourage employers to hire disabled or handicapped persons. Generally, under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 42-9-400, if an employer can show that the injured worker's disability, following the compensable...

New Arthritis Study Shows O*Net Could Help Predict Chronic Disease

A recent study points to a positive and consistent relationship between O*NET ratings of physical job demands and the risk of contracting arthritis later in life. Importantly, the study also demonstrates the utility of using such O*NET job descriptors to estimate the long-term risks of contracting other...

West Virginia: Fatal Heart Attack Tied to “Natural” Causes, Not Heat Exposure

In a memorandum decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia affirmed a decision by the state Board of Review that found a worker’s death was the result of natural causes—prior to his death, the worker suffered from obesity, high cholesterol, and type II diabetes. Acknowledging...