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Texas: Maximum Medical Improvement/Impairment Rating Appeals Decision No. 100152
Posted on 10 Aug 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

The Designated Doctor evaluated the injured worker and determined she was not at maximum medical improvement because she was considering surgery. The Claimant did not have surgery. Subsequently, DWC sent a letter of clarification to the Designated Doctor... Read More

Employee Misclassification Tops Enforcement List in 2010
Posted on 27 Mar 2010 by David Tonini

In 2010, employers can expect an unprecedented increase in enforcement efforts targeting employees misclassified as Form 1099 independent contractors. Attention to this issue has been growing in recent years. However, with state and federal budget deficits... Read More

Informal Draft of Pharmacy Closed Formulary Rules Posted by Texas Department of Insurance
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

The Division drafted its latest version of the proposed Closed Pharmacy Formulary Rules and asked for informal comments by March 5, 2010. The Division has been working on the closed formulary for several years. Significant issues regarding Division resources... Read More

Municipality Not Entitled to Reimbursement for Workers' Comp Outlay When Firefighter Injured Assisting Another Town's Fire Department
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 by Thomas A. Robinson

In May 2004, a significant fire broke out within a complex of apartments and condos in West Hartford. The West Hartford fire department responded to the call and soon realized that the size and ferocity of the blaze was beyond its resources. The officer... Read More

Impairment Guides Resource Center (updated 10/29/2012)
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Impairment Guides Resource Center

Welcome! We've designed this resource center to help you locate Impairment Guides-related materials, here on the LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community, the Internet, and Please be sure to check back often for new updates to... Read More

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 3/4/2010 - Recent Arrests, Charges, Convictions & Investigations
Posted on 4 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Newsroom Fraud Team

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and... Read More

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Posted on 9 May 2009 by Free eNewsletter Alerts - California Edition

FREE WEEKLY eNEWSLETTERS - NATIONAL EDITION AND CALIFORNIA EDITION To sign up for free, click here to be added to the distribution list. Please specify whether you would like the National Edition, California Edition, or both. These weekly eNewsletters... Read More

California Workers' Compensation Cases Roundup 3/10/2010
Posted on 7 Mar 2010 by California Compensation Cases Staff

The February 2010 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases is now available on Lexis subscribers can link to the cases below. California Compensation Cases, Vol. 75 No. 2, February 2010 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decision No. 100146 – Extent of Injury
Posted on 13 Sep 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford In Appeals Panel Decision 100146, t he issue reported out of the Benefit Review Conference is whether or not the compensable injury extended to and included “depressive reaction with anxiety ... Read More

California 6th District to Take a Stab at PD Rating Issues in Guzman Case
Posted on 23 Feb 2010 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The 6th District Court of Appeal granted defendant's appeal in the Miltipitas Unified School District v W.C.A.B. (Guzman) case today. As I am sure everyone is aware, there are three pending petitions for writ of review in the Almaraz/Guzman and Ogilvie... Read More

Medicare - New User Guide and Alerts - Considerations
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Roy A. Franco

I have a lot to share with you about the newly released User Guide and recent alerts from CMS. Before I start, I would be remiss; if I didn't first thank Jim Price from Aon San Francisco for his thoughtful read of my draft and time he has spent with... Read More

Importance of Engaging in Interactive Process Emphasized by Recent Trial Court Verdicts
Posted on 21 Mar 2010 by Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP

A recent $1.5 million jury verdict in a Northern California Federal Court, applying the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to a Tennessee Corporation doing business in California, found that the Defendant retailer had failed to engage in the interactive... Read More

Brucellosis Contracted at Slaughter House Was Injury, Not Occupational Disease
Posted on 14 Mar 2010 by Thomas A. Robinson

Burress worked at IBP's meat-packing plant from 1987 until 1997. His first few years of work involved significant contact with hogs and hog blood and on at least one occasion during that early time frame, he cut a finger while working with the hogs... Read More

A New World of Evidence in California
Posted on 22 Feb 2010 by Howard Stevens

"We have shown the world that the new wave is here, it is present and it is ready to explode." - Ashton Kutcher, The American actor on being the first person to achieve one million followers on Twitter. "I agree completely with my son... Read More