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Nebraska: Failure to Follow Doctor’s Orders Defeats Otherwise Compensable Claim
Posted on 7 Mar 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

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... Read More

New Arthritis Study Shows O*Net Could Help Predict Chronic Disease
Posted on 18 Sep 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

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... Read More

West Virginia: Fatal Heart Attack Tied to “Natural” Causes, Not Heat Exposure
Posted on 30 Jan 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

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... Read More

The Aging Workforce: How to Manage Workers’ Comp Costs for the Silver Bunch
Posted on 31 May 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

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... Read More

Age and Length of Disability for Eight Chronic Conditions
Posted on 27 Apr 2016 by Roger Rabb

Does an aging American workforce mean more time lost due to chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, depression, hypertension, and low back pain? It is no secret that the American population... Read More

South Carolina: High Court Says Employer/Insurer Should Receive Partial Reimbursement for Extra Medical Costs and Outlays Related to Pre-existing Diabetes Condition
Posted on 1 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

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... Read More

Workplace Wellness Programs Return on Investment and Implementation Tips
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 by Rebecca A. Shafer

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... Read More

Can a Successful Workplace Wellness Program Improve A Company’s Stock Market Performance?
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 by Teresa McLoughlin Rice

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... Read More

Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/23/2011)
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by California Compensation Cases Staff

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... Read More

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (6/27/2010)
Posted on 26 Jun 2010 by Larson's Spotlight

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’... Read More

Workplace Wellness Programs Return on Investment and Implementation Tips
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 by Rebecca A. Shafer

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... Read More

Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/23/2011)
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by California Compensation Cases Staff

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... Read More

Diabetes Epidemic in America as Cost Driver in the Workers’ Comp System
Posted on 3 Aug 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

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... Read More

Tags: costs , diabetes

Living (and Dying) in the Stroke Belt and the Implications for Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by Thomas A. Robinson

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... Read More