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CO: New DWC Guidelines Help Injured Workers Give Up Smoking

The Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation has approved new treatment guidelines that include smoking-cessation programs for workers with lower-back injuries, shoulder-injury treatments, and treatment for lower extremity injuries, because cessation of smoking helps injured workers heal quicker...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (2/11/2013)

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 : Study Finds High Correlation Between Mental Illness and Smoking . US Dept of Labor Cracks Down on...

Missouri: Young Woman Who Won’t Quit Smoking Awarded Permanent Total

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Case citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed case citations link to Lexis Advance. A 33 year old woman in Marion County hurt her back lifting a box of books, had back surgery and asserts she was unable to work due to nonunion and intractable back pain. The issue...

Health Behaviors Contribute to Socioeconomic Differences in Mortality

Money Can’t Buy Happiness, But It May Help You Live Longer The panoply of interrelated research on longevity appears to be coalescing around a consensus that socioeconomic status (“SES”) is an important indicator of life expectancy. Data suggests that those on the lowest rungs of...

Kansas: To Bar Recovery, Drug Impairment Must Be Contemporaneous With Onset of Injury or Condition

A Kansas appellate court held that the state’s statutory provision barring workers’ compensation benefits to “impaired” workers, K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 44-501(d)(2), requires the employer to prove the worker was impaired at the time of the injury and also that the impairment contributed...