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Missouri: Nondependent Parents Fail to Show Worker’s Death Was Due to Idiopathic Condition
Posted on 22 May 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Missouri appellate court affirmed a decision by the state’s Labor and industrial Relations Commission that held a worker’s death from a heat stroke was a compensable accident, thus barring a tort action filed by the worker’s nondependent... Read More

Virginia: Claimant Establishes Right Knee Condition More Than a Decade After Injury to Left Knee
Posted on 14 Jul 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

Stressing that the employer is responsible for all sequelae that flow from the primary work-related injury, a Virginia appellate court affirmed an award of benefits to a claimant who developed a right knee condition more than a decade after sustaining... Read More

Examining the Causes and Effects of Obesity
Posted on 9 Sep 2016 by Roger Rabb

A New Study Explores Obesity and Excess Weight Gain Among Nurses Over a 40-Year Period Obesity is clearly one of the biggest health issues in America today, not just because of the number of Americans who suffer from being overweight or obese, but... Read More

Employers’ Costs of Lost Productivity Due to Obesity-Related Absenteeism: 50 State Study
Posted on 14 Dec 2014 by Roger Rabb

Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter Although the annual costs of providing healthcare to Americans for conditions associated with obesity has been estimated at well over $100 billion (... Read More

Missouri: Commission Rejects ‘Obesity Defense’ to Broken Chair
Posted on 20 Apr 2015 by Martin Klug

The Second Injury Fund denied a claim of a worker who sat in a chair in the lunch room. When the chair broke he hurt his back. The Fund argued the worker failed to prove a work risk that he was not equally exposed to away from work Wright v. Roto-Rooter... 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

Obesity in the Workforce – An Expanding Problem
Posted on 5 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Occupational Injuries & Illnesses S

American waistlines are expanding, with the adult obesity rate estimated by some to be as high as 40%. The obesity rate in the workforce has historically been lower than that of the general population, but this too is on the increase. Obese workers reportedly... Read More

Fighting Fire with Fire – The Impact of Obesity on Firefighter Health
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Occupational Injuries & Illnesses S

A sure sign of the concern mounting over the rate of obesity in the U.S. is the number of studies that are coming out analyzing the issue from a myriad of different angles. One of the most recent, Adiposity Predicts Self-Reported Frequency of Poor Health... Read More

Obesity and Worker Productivity by Occupational Class in the U.S.
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Roger Rabb

A new study focuses on the negative impacts of obesity across different occupational classifications Obesity and its adverse effects on health and employment continue to be the subject of much-needed research and attention. In the recent past, I have... Read More

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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

A Healthier Workforce: The Hot Debate Over Employer Responsibility and Employee Incentives
Posted on 13 Aug 2015 by Jennifer Jordan

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL LLC A Medicare set-aside (MSA) is sometimes like an exercise in accident reconstruction. And when the MSA gets ugly, as they frequently do, it is typically because of some factor other than the industrial... Read More

CWCI Research Examines Effect of AMA’s Reclassification of Obesity on California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) report suggests that the number of work injury claims involving obesity could increase sharply, along with the associated costs, following the recent vote by the American Medical Association... 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

Obese Workers Costs A Whopping $73.1B In Healthcare, Absenteeism And Presenteeism
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by

Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher, published last month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental... Read More