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New York: Board Appropriately Ordered Claimant to Be Weaned from High Dose of Opioids
Posted on 28 Mar 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

A decision by the New York Board that directed an injured worker to begin a weaning process from his long-term opioid prescription treatment program was supported by substantial evidence, held a state appellate court. The worker’s claim was established... Read More

Nebraska: Employee Need Not Provide Long-Term Out-of-State Opioid Meds to Worker Who Relocates
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

Where an injured Nebraska employee relocated to Florida and there sought long-term opioid medications, combined with benzodiazepines, and muscle relaxants that had been prescribed by a Florida physician, the employer was not required to pay for the treatment... Read More

WCRI Study Strikes Serious Blow to Physician-Dispensed Strong Opioids
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

A significant proportion of physician-dispensed strong opioids may not have been necessary at all Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert... Read More

IAIABC Taking Part in Shaping the Future of Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 4 May 2016 by Jennifer Jordan

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL, LLC On April 20, 2016, the IAIABC kicked off the National Conversation on the Future of Workers’ Compensation at its Forum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In a three hour session, questions were... Read More

Recent Veterans Study Has Important Implications for Workers’ Comp World
Posted on 15 Mar 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

Concomitant Benzodiazepine-Opioid Use Increases Risks of Adverse Outcomes Adding additional strength to the swell of medical research warning us about the dangers of combining opioid and benzodiazepine medications, a recent study published by the International... Read More

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

According to the Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker, “ opioid misuse is a national concern ”. As a result of this “misuse”, the Division of Workers’ Compensation recently posted proposed “ Guidelines... Read More

California: DIR Director Christine Baker Provides Update on Progress of SB 863 Eighteen Months After Operative Date
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by David Bryan Leonard

A report from the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Dana Point, CA By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Without pause, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, took the... Read More

Thomas A. Robinson on Prescription Drugs and Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 24 Jul 2015 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Last week LexisNexis published an Emerging Issues Analysis article on prescription drugs and workers’ compensation written by Thomas A. Robinson, the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law . The article examines opioid use,... Read More

Injured Worker’s Death Due to Overdose of Medication: Breaking the Chain of Causation
Posted on 12 Apr 2017 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Key takeaways from a recent Tennessee case for both injured workers and employers When do an injured worker’s actions, which led to a tragic overdose of opioids in the Kilburn case, constitute an independent intervening cause and thereby release... Read More

Role of Age Regarding Workers’ Compensation May Be Exaggerated
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by John Stahl

NCCI Suggests Younger and Older Employees’ Claims Are Comparable By John Stahl, Esq. Recent research by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., (NCCI) questions the belief that the aging American workforce is at the eye of the... Read More

Medical Marijuana Use as An Alternative to Opioid Use for Relief of Chronic Pain
Posted on 22 Aug 2016 by Roger Rabb

A Michigan Survey Suggests That Medical Marijuana Patients Are Decreasing Opioid Use to Treat Chronic Pain Two topics that have received a great deal of attention in recent years regarding the medical treatment of chronic pain have been the use and... Read More

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 by John Stahl

Jury Still Out on Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation Reforms By John Stahl, Esq. A November 21, 2013 seminar titled “The Legal Perspective of the Latest Workers’ Compensation Reforms” at the 22nd Annual National Workers’... Read More

WCRI Study Reveals Causal Connection Between Long-Term Opioid Prescribing and Duration of TTD Benefit Periods
Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A recent study published by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) argues that there is indeed a causal relationship between the practice of providing extensive opioid prescriptions to an injured worker and the duration of that workers’... Read More

Opioid Abuse Reduction Efforts in Workers' Compensation Claims Examined
Posted on 26 Jul 2016 by Roger Rabb

A New Report Looks at the Early Data in 25 States to See How Opioid Abuse Reform Efforts are Faring in Workers' Compensation Claims In light of the epidemic in deaths caused by prescription opioid overdoses and abuse building since at least the... Read More