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WY: Injured Roustabout Fails to Prove “Odd Lot” Status

Citing Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , the Supreme Court of Wyoming recently held that an injured roustabout was not entitled to PTD benefits under the odd lot doctrine where it was clear that he could not return to his old job, but where he had failed to look for work after losing his...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/4/2013)

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: CA: WCIRB Posts 2013 SB 863 Cost Monitoring Report; 30,000 IMR Requests Filed . CA: FBI Affidavit...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/21/2014)

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. Standard & Poor’s: Possible Revenue Decline for U.S Work Comp Insurance Industry . NAIC Releases Report on...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/17/2014)

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. Insurance Expert Warns ACA High Costs, Problems Could Push Workers Back to WC Realm . Traveler’s Releases White...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/24/2014)

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. Opinion: Workers Comp No Fault System Should Be Applied to Personal Injury Cases . Opinion: States Should Duplicate PA...

Wyoming: Jury Determination That Driver Was Within Course of Employment Not Binding on Administrative Hearings Office

Quoting Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law and observing that the test of liability in the workers' compensation setting is not the relation of an individual's fault or negligence to an event, as it is within the tort arena, but rather the relationship of an event to the employment...

Wyoming: Burden of Proof Has Two Elements: Burden of Production and Burden of Persuasion

Reminding the parties that the burden of proof consists of two elements: the burden of production and the burden of persuasion, the Supreme Court of Wyoming affirmed the denial of workers’ compensation benefits for back pain that the claimant believed was related to an earlier workplace accident...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/9/2014)

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. Sixth Circuit: Court Upholds Walgreen’s Termination of Employee for Using Armed Self-Defense . John Hopkins Doctor...

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 (7/14/2014)

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. WCRI Releases New Edition of Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation . More Firefighters Die of Obesity-Related...

Wyoming: Undocumented Worker Might Avoid Exclusive Remedy Defense

Wyoming’s definition of “employee,” which includes illegal aliens only if the employer reasonably believes both at the date of hire and the date of injury, based upon documentation in the employer’s possession, that the worker was authorized to work by the federal government’s...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/20/2014)

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. WCRI Study Compares Medical Costs for Injured Workers in 16 States . Investigation: Heroin, Opioid Use by Workers Surges...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2015)

Congress Passes Legislation for TRIA Extension . US Postal Data Breach May Compromise Health Data for Nearly 500,000 Workers . Mark Walls at Safety National Discusses 2015 WC Issues to Watch . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 Version of WCMSA Reference Guide . CMS Posts 1/5/2015 of MMSEA User Guide . ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/9/2015)

Expert Examines Whether Employee Classification Issues Hurt Uber Business Model . Uber Employee Email Exchanges Shed Light on Firing Practices of Drivers . Manufacturers Seek to Reduce Risks for Workplace Exposure to Chemical Flavorings . CMS Releases NGHP User Guide Version 4.5 (Feb. 2, 2015...

Wyoming: Undocumented Worker Entitled to Compensation In Spite of Using Fraudulent ID Papers

An alien who was not authorized to be or work in the United States and who obtained employment through the use of false documentation may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits related to a work-related injury, held the Supreme Court of Wyoming. The Court acknowledged that an injured...

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 (3/16/2015)

WCRI Exec. Director: ProPublica/NPR Articles Don’t Prove Failure of WC System . OWCP Proposes Rule Changes for Longshore Act Electronic Submission of Documents . CA: Adoption of Drug Formulary in Calif. Would Set Trend for Other States . CA: WCIRB and CWCI Ambulatory Surgical Center Study...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/6/2015)

NCCI Posts Latest Economic Outlook and Impact on Workers Comp . Fitch Ratings Announces Top Workers Comp Insurance Writers for 2014 . OSHA Issues Inspection Guidance for Health Care Industry . Columnist: New Worker Category Should Be Created to Cover Gig Workers . Some On-Demand Service Companies...

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...

Wyoming: Unusual Exertion Opening Mud-Caked Access Panel Means Fatal Heart Attack Was Compensable Injury

Where a heavy equipment maintenance worker died following a massive heart attack and prior to the onset of the worker’s cardiac symptoms he complained to his wife that he had great difficulty opening an access panel required to service one of his employer’s front loaders—it was caked...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/11/2016)

Doctor’s Union Challenges Medical Management Companies, Outsourcing . US DOL Reports US Mining Deaths Dropped to New Lows in 2015 . AIG Invests in Wearable Devices to Promote Workplace Safety . 91 Percent of Patients Overdosing on Opioids Continued to Get Painkiller Prescriptions . ...

Wyoming: Father May Maintain Tort Action Against Employer for Mental Injury Associated With Son’s Death

The Supreme Court of Wyoming found that a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim filed by an employee against the employer and one of the employer’s superintendents following the death of his son, who also worked for the employer at the same work site, was not derivative of the associated...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/29/2016)

Sedgwick Institute Names Workers Comp Expert Richard Victor as Senior Fellow . NIOSH Examines Latest Advances in Assessing Occupational Exposure Limits . JPMorgan Chase Study Examines Impact of “Online Platform Economy” . AK: DWC Emergency Regulations Made Permanent Eff. 3/11/2016...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/14/2016)

NCCI Posts 2015 State of the Line Reference Guide . OSHA Considering Panel’s Recommendations for New Safety Guidelines . Lockton Releases White Paper on Opioid Epidemic and Chronic Pain . Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse . CA: DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/2/2016)

CDC Posts Annual Workers Memorial Day 2016 Message . CDC Examines Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life . CDC Examines Convenience Store Compliance to Reduce Workplace Violence . AZ: ICA Discusses Implementation of RBRVS-based Fee Schedule . CA: Lawsuit Claims Insurance Companies Illegally...