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State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/15/2013)

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 AND STATE NEWS: Workers Compensation Analysis Group Reaches 20,000 Members on LinkedIn . Fitch: WC...

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/22/2013)

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 AND STATE NEWS: Senate Confirms Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor . NIOSH Posts Information on Nail Gun...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/7/2013)

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 AND STATE NEWS: Obamacare’s Positive Impact on Workers Comp Fraud Deterrence, Workplace Wellness . ...

DC: Average Weekly Wage Must Include Housing Allowance Provided to Employee

The D.C. Court of Appeals recently held that the district’s Compensation Review Board erred in directing an ALJ to disregard a housing allowance that an employer was contractually obligated to pay an employee when calculating the employee’s average weekly wage. In the instant case, the employee...

District of Columbia: Overuse of Narcotic Pain-Relievers Is Not Abandonment of Workplace

A District of Columbia appellate court has affirmed an ALJ’s finding that a claimant did not voluntarily limit her income and was entitled to continue receiving TTD payments related to a work-related injury in spite of the fact that she had been medically cleared for light work, had been offered...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/30/2014)

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. More Doctors Reviewing Injured Worker’s Genetic Makeup When Prescribing Drugs . Mark Walls Joins Safety National...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/21/2014)

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. CDC Publishes National Action Plan for Infertility, Workplace Exposures . CDC Urges Use of Acclimatization as Part of...

District of Columbia: Injured Employee May Not Receive Both Comp Disability Benefits and Short-Term Disability Benefits Under Separate Employer-Funded Plan

Contrast the Minnesota decision noted above with that involving an injured District of Columbia employee who, following a work-related injury, received disability benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA), D.C. Code § 32-1501 et seq. as well as short-term disability benefits pursuant...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/25/2014)

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. NCCI Examines State of the Economy and Impact on Workers Comp Insurance . DEA to Publish Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/6/2014)

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. US Sup Ct to Decide Whether to Hear Seaman Case Under Jones Act . $3.5B Financial Tie Exists Between Medical Device Makers...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/10/2014)

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. A.M. Best Reports Workers’ Comp Line Has Third Straight Year of Improvement . Investigation Looks at “Knock...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/8/2014)

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. OSHA Reports 3 Million Workers Experienced Serious Injury or Illness on Job in 2013 . Three Compound Pharmacies Sue Express...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/2/2015)

WCRI Study Updates on Rising Hospital Costs in Workers Compensation . OR WCD Releases Full Report on 2014 WC Premium Rate Ranking . Study on Opioid Tolerance Could Help Pain Patients Stay on Lower Dosages . Study: Risk of Unintentional Overdose Twice as High for Long Acting Opioid Users . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/11/2015)

NIOSH, Ohio BWC to Study Impact of Integrating Wellness With OSH Programs . ACOEM/UL Propose New Framework for Integrating Health/Safety Programs in Workplace . U.S. Rep. Refiles Bill to Prevent ICD-10 Implementation . NIOSH Examines Higher Nurse-to-Patient Ratio to Improve Nurse Injury Rates...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/1/2015)

NCCI Study Examines Relationship Between Accident Report Lag and Claim Cost . NCCI Posts 2015 Workers Comp Issues Report . GENEX Warns of Security Breach in Workers Compensation . Obama Administration, GOP Seeks Reduction in FECA Benefits . AZ: ICA Posts Latest Maximum Benefit Amounts . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/13/2015)

John F. Burton, Jr. Examines Impact of Race to the Bottom for Workers Comp Costs (p. 6) . Prof. Spieler Attacks AMA Guides for Absence of Evidence-Based Medicine . A.M. Best: U.S .State Workers Comp Funds’ Net Premiums Increased 11.5% in 2014 . Insurance Companies Cautiously Providing...

District of Columbia: Remand Required Where Review Board Fails to Determine Medical Issues on their Merits

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals reversed a significant portion of an order by the Compensation Review Board (CRB) that found an injured worker was not entitled to compensation for proposed medical treatments on the basis that they were not reasonable and necessary. The worker, a former bus...

District of Columbia: Employer Not Entitled to Change in Employee’s Treating Physician

An employer has no right to request a change of an injured employee’s attending physician under the District of Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, held a D.C. appellate court. The Office of Workers’ Compensation initially granted the employer’s request, but the Compensation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/21/2015)

US DOL Reports 2 Percent Increase in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014 . CDC Unveils Draft Guidelines for Physicians Prescribing Opioids . HHS to Revise Rules for Medication to Treat Opioid Dependence . OSHA Revises Publication to Protect Safety of Firefighters . NIOSH Seeks Feedback on...

District of Columbia: Court Construes Burden Shifting Framework Required to Pass on Employer’s Termination of Benefits Request

Where an employer has accepted a claim and paid workers’ compensation benefits, but later moves to terminate or modify those benefits, the employer has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that conditions have changed such that the claimant no longer is entitled to the benefits...

District of Columbia: Denial of Continued TTD Benefits Appropriate Where Claimant Exaggerated Symptoms

A District of Columbia appellate court held substantial evidence supported the CRB’s ruling that a workers’ compensation claimant had undergone a change in condition and was no longer totally disabled and no longer entitled to TTD benefits where, during a hearing, the ALJ inferred from the...