Dr. Peter Barth on 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation: Progress and Unmet Goals Mark Centennial

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute kicked off its November 16-17, 2011 Annual Conference with reviewing the first 100 years of workers’ compensation. Workers’ Compensation guru Dr. Peter Barth provided a Centennial 60 Minutes. Barth’s presentation had a “Back...

Missouri: A "Working" Claimant is Not a Total (sometimes)

Claimant's capacity to return to work for 1 1/2 years after her back injury defeated her SIF claim that she was permanently and totally disabled. Her duties such as data entry, answering phones or monitoring suicidal patients were considered a ‘real job’ in the open labor market. Claimant...

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...

Dr. Richard Victor on the Workers' Compensation System's Elephant in the Room (Podcast Transcript)

Note: This transcript of the Dr. Victor podcast has been partially edited. Steve Berstler: On this edition, Dr. Richard Victor, Executive Director of the Workers' Compensation Research Institute on the workers’ compensation systems Elephant in the Room. The opinions expressed by guests...

Texas: Performance Based Oversight (12/23/11 Update)

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will begin its six month collection of data to assess insurance carriers for Performance Based Oversight (PBO). The PBO period will last until June 30, 2011. The PBO measures are as follows: Timely Initial Payment of Benefits...

10 Myths and Facts About Workers' Compensation

The LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community and the award-winning blog Work Comp Roundup have teamed up to present some common myths and facts about workers’ compensation. Our contributors represent different segments of the workers’ compensation industry. Questions and comments...

10 Myths and Facts About Workers' Compensation

The LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community and the award-winning blog Work Comp Roundup have teamed up to present some common myths and facts about workers’ compensation. Our contributors represent different segments of the workers’ compensation industry. Questions and comments...

Cost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. When a workers’ compensation maven of Rebecca Shafer’s caliber shares her expertise about implementing cost containment best practices, industry professionals can’t afford to do anything but listen. Likewise, now that Shafer has released the 2012 edition of...

Cost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. When a workers’ compensation maven of Rebecca Shafer’s caliber shares her expertise about implementing cost containment best practices, industry professionals can’t afford to do anything but listen. Likewise, now that Shafer has released the 2012 edition of...

Work Loss Data Institute Warns of Fox Guarding the Hen House in State Treatment Guidelines

By John Stahl, Esq. Phil LeFevre, who is a Senior Account Executive, with the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) spent much of a recent webinar entitled “Emerging Trends in Workers’ Comp Treatment Guidelines by State: Has the Fox Been Left to Guard the Hen House” comparing the Official...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: January to March 2012

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Touchette v Vermont Slate and Roofing , Opinion No. 1-12WC, 2012 VT Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 5 (Jan. 13, 2012). In 2007, Claimant, a New York resident, suffers a work-related back injury in Vermont with a Vermont employer. In 2009, Claimant has a new work related incident in...

California EAMS: Issues to Consider Before Submitting Your Settlement Docs

By Colleen S. Casey Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Listed below are several issues to consider before submitting a document for approval by a workers’ compensation judge (WCJ). Walk Through Document Defined: A “walk-through” document is defined by 8 CCR §10280...

California EAMS: Issues to Consider Before Submitting Your Settlement Docs

By Colleen S. Casey Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Listed below are several issues to consider before submitting a document for approval by a workers’ compensation judge (WCJ). Walk Through Document Defined: A “walk-through” document is defined by 8 CCR §10280...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/16/2012)

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: NCCI: Claim Frequency Declined One Percent in 2011 . Forbes: Steve Schmutz Interview of Impact of Obamacare...

Blueprint for HIPAA and ADA Compliant Wellness Programs: Encouraging Good Health Reduces Workers’ Compensation Expenses

By John Stahl, Esq. The article “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine demonstrates how employer-sponsored outcomes-based wellness programs (wellness programs) reduce...

Workers’ Comp, Texas Style: A Highly Regulated System in a Pro-Business State

By Stuart D. Colburn and Albert Betts, Jr. Cotton, cattle and oil were the primary economic engines when Texas first adopted workers’ compensation. In the 100+ years since, the economy and workers’ compensation laws have changed dramatically. The shift from an agricultural to a manufacturing...

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...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Spouse’s Loss of Consortium Action Against Employer Barred by Exclusive Remedy Rule

Larson's Spotlight on Exclusive Remedy, Settlement Agreement, Tort Immunity for Co-employee, Narcotics and Return to Work. 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...

Last Chance to Save! LexisNexis Community Members Discount at 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference

Just a few weeks left to get the special LexisNexis Community member discount on the National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference ® , November 7 - 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Because of our partnership with the conference, LexisNexis Community members save $320.00 off...

How to Achieve a Desirable Experience Modification Factor Under NCCI’s New System

By John Stahl, Esq. A recent Risk & Insurance webinar entitled “Big Changes Coming in Workers’ Compensation Premiums” stresses that actively reducing your “Experience Modification Factor” (“mod”) today should reap disproportionately high reductions in workers’...

VERMONT TOP CASES, powered by McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC (updated 4/8/2014)

This list of recent noteworthy cases was compiled by Keith J. Kasper of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC. If you're a lexis.com subscriber, click on the links to access cases within your subscription plan. If you're not a lexis.com subscriber, please contact Customer Support...

IAIABC Policy Guide on Reducing Opioid Abuse Offers Blueprint for Effective Reform

The bad news is that opioid abuse related to treating chronic pain remains a serious problem for every workers’ compensation system participant. The good news is that many workers’ compensation jurisdictions are increasing their efforts to reduce this situation that officials at the federal...

Work Hardening Bridges Gap Between Unable & Able To Work

Injured employees who are off work for a significant amount of time are often out of physical shape and are not physically ready to return to work when they have reached their maximum medical improvement. Work hardening, which is performed by physical therapists, is designed to assist the injured employee...

Quality "Continuum of Care" for Worst Case Lumbar Patients

Study shows return to work, work retention rates dramatically improve Measured by such yardsticks as return-to-work, work retention and reoperation rates, the success of lumbar surgeries in the Workers’ Compensation (“WC”) system could be fairly characterized as mixed. This, combined...

Illinois: Grandmother’s Light Duties Around Family Flower Shop Did Not Mean She Had Ability to Return to Work

Claimant's presence at a flower shop she co-owned with her daughters did not constitute a "return to work" or absolve her employer of its liability to pay TTD benefits for relevant periods of time held an Illinois appellate court. Evidence that claimant, a licensed practical nurse at the...