Texas Court Ties Injured Worker’s Drug Overdose to Side Effects of Prescription Pain Medication

It is axiomatic in workers’ compensation law that a subsequent injury, whether an aggravation of the original injury or a new and distinct injury, is compensable if it is the direct and natural result of a compensable primary injury [see Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , § 10...

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...

MO: Injured Employee’s Overdose Death Leads to Lifetime Benefits for Surviving Dependents

In a case that shows what can happen when a court determines that it is absolutely bound by a rigid reading of statutory language, a Missouri appellate court recently held that under the surviving-dependent-becomes-employee-by-definition theory adopted in Schoemehl v. State of Missouri, 217 S.W.3d 900...