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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/20/2011) – Claimant Caught On Video Roofing Before Attending His Workers' Comp Hearing

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/20/2011) – Claimant Caught On Video Roofing Before Attending His Workers' Comp Hearing

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly popular. A November 17, 2011 session at the...

Alternative Approaches to Treating Chronic Back Pain

Drugs aren’t the only solution This is a hard pill to swallow for “pill mill” doctors and pharmaceutical companies that provide their supply, but alternative workers’ compensation approaches to managing chronic pain are increasingly popular. A November 17, 2011 session at the...

Workers’ Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) - Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. • Joseph Paduda, principal of Health Strategy Associates and president...

Texas Court Ties Injured Worker’s Drug Overdose to Side Effects of Prescription Pain Medication

It is axiomatic in workers’ compensation law that a subsequent injury, whether an aggravation of the original injury or a new and distinct injury, is compensable if it is the direct and natural result of a compensable primary injury [see Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , § 10...

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...

California: Unreasonable Denial of Medical Treatment by Abruptly Withdrawing Authorization for Injured Worker’s Opioid Pain Medication

Both utilization review physician and MTUS expressly recommended slow tapering of opioid pain medications The WCAB, in a split panel opinion, rescinded a WCJ’s order denying the applicant’s petition for penalty under Labor Code § 5814 , and held that a penalty was justified as the...

Federal: PA Federal Court Dismisses Travelers Indemnity’s Fraud and Unjust Enrichment Case Against Cephalon Regarding Addictive Pain Meds

A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a civil action filed by Travelers Indemnity seeking some $22 million in damages from Cephalon, Inc. over the “off-label” use of two cancer pain medications, determining that Travelers had not sufficiently alleged an injury and,...

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth: Delaware IAB Addresses Claims of Narcotic-related Tooth Decay

Today’s post comes to us by way of Fred Freibott and curiously, this case was already pulled to be featured on the blog, actually one of two cases on a related subject. As a legal pundit of sorts, I think of it as part of my role to identify “trending” topics at the IAB. And while I...