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Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (6/6/2010)

Larson’s Spotlight on Medical Care and Lawn Care Services, Concurrent Employment, Illegal Alien and Average Weekly Wage, Slip and Fall, and Parking Lot. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson’s Workers’...

TX: DWC Publishes Access to Medical Care in WC System, 1998-2008

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance's Workers' Compensation Research & Evaluation Group produced a report, Access to Medical Care in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System,1998 - 2008 . The report includes information about participation and retention rates...

Workers’ Compensation Payments For Medical Care Exceed Cash Benefits For The First Time

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Workers’ compensation payments for medical care and cash benefits for U.S. workers injured on the job increased 4.4 percent to $57.6 billion in 2008, according to a study released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). For the first time, medical...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (10/7/2011) – Workers Comp Denied Where Claimant Was Chased At High Speed and Shot By Co-worker's Friend

Larson's Spotlight on Unilateral Termination of Benefits, Going and Coming Rule, Pre-Authorization of Medical Care, Settlement Proceeds Not Subject to Lien, Date of Development of Injury. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (10/7/2011) – Workers Comp Denied Where Claimant Was Chased At High Speed and Shot By Co-worker's Friend

Larson's Spotlight on Unilateral Termination of Benefits, Going and Coming Rule, Pre-Authorization of Medical Care, Settlement Proceeds Not Subject to Lien, Date of Development of Injury. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff...

Missouri: Employer Penalized for Lapses in Prescription Payments

The employer’s failure to provide medical treatment for several months did not waive its right to designate a medical provider, according to the Commission, which rejected an argument that 287.140 allowed prospective waiver to designate medical providers. The employer in Missouri has the right...

The Case for Clear Guidelines for Nurse Case Managers

By Steven M. Birnbaum, Law Offices of Steven Birnbaum, San Rafael, California The cost of medical care has risen throughout our society and calls for cost control are no louder than in workers' compensation cases and Longshore cases are included in that. Thus, the insurance industry has tried a...

Why Every Employer Needs a Post-Injury Response Procedure: How to Keep the Ship on Course

At the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference®, Rebecca Shafer, JD, president of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc., will speak on Legal Triage: Team-Based Early Case Management to Fast-Track Claims. An employer’s actions in the minutes following a workplace...

7 Things Employers Should Do to Avoid a ProPublica Report

I am reading the ProPublica Report with great interest because there are so many things I agree with. After reading all the press brouhaha over this report however, I still regard the high cost of workers compensation (for those companies which do have high costs) mostly as a management problem. The...

Medical Expert Says U.S. Health Industry Often Guilty of “Overkill”

Significant percentage of medical care procedures is unnecessary Much has been written about the explosion of health care costs in the workers’ compensation system. Indeed, most experts agree that medical care expenses now represent more than 60 cents out of every benefit dollar provided to...

New Mexico: Medical Marijuana Constituted Reasonable and Necessary Medical Care

In its third decision on the issue of requiring an employer and/or insurer to reimburse the injured worker for the cost of medical marijuana provided to an injured worker under New Mexico’s “Compassionate Use Act,” a state appellate court again found the order requiring reimbursement...

Wyoming: Injured Worker Unable to Show Second Shoulder Surgery Was “Reasonable and Necessary” to Treat Original Condition

Affirming a decision of a state trial court, the Supreme Court of Wyoming agreed that an injured worker failed to show that a second round of shoulder surgery was “reasonable and necessary,” in spite of the fact that during the second procedure, the worker’s surgeon discovered and repaired...

North Carolina: Supreme Court Adopts “Parsons Presumption” Regarding Medical Care

Affirming the state’s Court of Appeals in relevant part, the Supreme Court of North Carolina adopted the “ Parsons presumption” [see Parsons v. Pantry, Inc. , 126 N.C. App. 540, 485 S.E.2d 867 (1997)]: Once the employee meets the initial burden of showing that an injury is the result...

Idaho: Additional Medical Care Allowed for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Despite Five-Year Lapse in Medical Treatment

The Industrial Commission erred when it determined that a former employee was not entitled to additional medical care for her bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) because, at least in part, she had not seen her treating physician in five years. The court noted that the reasonable treatment required...