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NE: Senate Advances First Responder Bill to Final Reading

LINCOLN, NE - The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Senate on Tuesday advanced LB780 for a final reading, this after heated debate over the bill that would allow first responders in the state to obtain benefits for post-traumatic stress. The bill encompasses police, firefighters, and emergency medical...

NE: WC for Mental Injuries Bill Extended, Passed

Lincoln , NE (CompNewsNetwork) - A bill that changes the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act was given final approval April 9 after being amended April 6 to extend a sunset clause. Currently, the act indicates that mental injuries are compensable only when associated with a compensable physical...

NE: Governor Signs First Responder Mental Trauma Bill

LINCOLN, NE - Governor Dave Heineman on Wednesday signed LB 780, which would allow first responders to obtain workers' compensation benefits for severe mental trauma injuries related to their work. Read the bill Source: Nebraska Legislature

NY: NYC Contests District Court Judge's Supervision Over Ground Zero Settlement

NEW YORK, NY - The New York Times reports that lawyers representing New York City and its contractors, who have been sued by rescue and clean up operators at Ground Zero, filed a notice with the United States Court of Appeals on Wednesday, claiming that Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States...

OK: Gov. Restores Death Benefit for Emergency Responders

Oklahoma City , OK (CompNewsNetwork) - The families of emergency medical responders who die in the line of duty will remain eligible for a $5,000 death benefit from the state, thanks to a measure signed into law this week by Gov. Brad Henry. Rep. Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo, authored the bill in the House...

NY: New Settlement of $712M Announced for 9/11 Responders

NEW YORK , NY – As reported by The Epoch Times , a New York judge has announced a new settlement whereby 9./11 f irst responder workers injured or afflicted after the World Trade Center attacks may receive as much as $712 million in compensation. Under the new agreement, 95 percent of the 10,000...

NY: Judge Has Mixed Feelings About 9/11 Settlement Proposal

STATEN ISLAND, NY - The Staten Island Advance reports that at a hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who approved the settlement proposal for 9/11 responders, says he believed he had failed in not being able to do more for the 9/11 responders who have suffered, but that the settlement...

TX: Gov. Honors Fallen And Injured Texas Peace Officers And First Responders

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Gov. Rick Perry today honored peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty for the sacrifices they have made to protect Texans. The governor spoke at the annual Star of Texas Awards. ...

NY: Gov. On Zadroga Bill

Albany, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The New York governor, David Paterson, made a statement after the New York House of Representative voted. Governor Paterson stated, "Today, the House of Representatives took an important vote to honor our commitment to those brave first responders who acted so selflessly...

US Congress Passes 9/11 Responder Aid, Bill Now Moves to Obama for Signature

Prior to the year-end Congressional adjournment, the House and Senate agreed upon a compromise bill that will provide health care benefits and compensation to responders who participated in the rescue and subsequent cleanup of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Read more about the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/22/2013)

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 NEWS: Unclear if Boston Marathon Bombings an Act of Terrorism Covered by TRIA . Insurance Expert Says Boston...

I Walked Out Into West, Texas

By Stephen C. Embry, Esq. On April 17, 2013 an explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Co., registering 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveled the plant and much of the surrounding town of West, Texas. The explosion was so powerful and destructive that it created a cloud of confusion as well as a...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (5/28/2013)

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 NEWS: Physician Fee Schedules Work More for Evaluation/Management, Not Surgery . Physician Dispensed Share...

2014 Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues

The new edition of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis (LexisNexis) is a veritable cornucopia of expert analysis, provocative commentary, and a 50 state survey of workers’ compensation legislation in 2014 As with last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Larson Series Workers’...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/26/2015)

NCCI Symposium Reports First Responder Bills Top List of 2015 Legislation . NCCI Symposium: Dr. Victor Shares Insights on Physician Dispensing . NCCI Symposium: CWCI Shares Insights on Calif. Medical Dispute Resolution . NCCI Symposium: Moody’s Presents U.S. Macro Outlook . NCCI Symposium...

Trends to Watch in Workers’ Compensation Law

At the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference last November, Brad Bleakney, a partner with Bleakney & Troiani, and Lora Northen, a Shareholder with Capehart Scatchard, led a seminar on recent trends in workers’ compensation. The following is a Q&A with Brad and...