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A Motion for Rehearing in Florida Workers' Advocates v. State of Florida

This week finds me off of my regular Monday/Wednesday schedule again. Whether you call it "Padgett," or "that 11th Circuit case," you are all talking ...

The Weight of Some Workers Comp Injuries

According to a report from CDC, nearly 35 percent of Americans are considered obese.   The data goes on to show that the estimated annual medical expense ...

Dollars and Cents of Frequency And Severity Work Comp Premium Impact

It is natural for employers to be overly concerned about serious injury losses.  They recognize that the large incurred values will have effect on the ...

Nova Scotia Turns Up Heat on Summer Injuries

Although summer is moving along quickly as usual, officials in Nova Scotia (Canada) are reminding employers to not take their eyes of summer workplace injuries ...

Ohio Man Must Pay Back More Than $54K

Trying to cheat the workers compensation system in Ohio has led to a fine of more than $54,000 for one man.   The Orient (Pickaway County) male ...

DEA Reclassifies Hydrocodone

In an effort to reduce painkiller abuse and misuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced last week that it is reclassifying hydrocodone as a Schedule ...

The Death of Workers’ Compensation?

On August 13, 2014, Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jorge Cueto issued a declaratory order finding the provision of the Florida workers’ compensation law providing employers ...

Washington State Woman Nabbed in Fraud Scam

For one Washington State woman, trying to get away with workers compensation proved a bad call.   The Lynnwood woman must repay Washington State more than $200,000 ...

CLAIMANT WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE FAILED TO PROVE WORK ACCIDENT AGGRAVATED HIS CONDITION AND FAILED TO PROVE ENTITLEMENT TO SECOND INJURY FUND BENEFITS

Kevin Durnien worked as a tractor-trailer driver for United Parcel Service (UPS) from 1996 to 2008.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 but ...

Investigating A Work Comp Claim Can Make All The Difference

Investigating a workers’ compensation claim can make all the difference in the outcome of a case.  Claim handlers have a special role that can help ...

Top 10 Excuses For Not Reducing Work Comp Costs

What are the biggest challenges for small, mid-sized and large businesses nationwide today?   Yes, competition is certainly a challenge that many face. For others, it is ...

OSHA Fines Ill. Company, Workers Exposed to Hazards

One of the main goals of employers should be to always enforce safety in the workplace. When that does not happen, the consequences can be ...

Alabama Court Holds Adult Child is not a Partial Dependent Despite Receiving Regular Financial Support

On August 22, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court released an opinion wherein it considered whether an adult child can be considered a partial dependent for ...

Alabama Court Holds that Walk-in Tub Qualifies as Other Apparatus but is not Reasonably Necessary

Flanagan Lumbar Co., Inc. v. Tennison Released August 22, 2014 The Alabama Court of Civil once again ruled that devices to be considered "other apparatus" set ...

Alabama Court of Appeals Addresses Procedure to Terminate Medical Benefits and Last Injurious Exposure Rule

On August 22, 2014, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Total Fire Protection, Inc. v Jonathan Jean, affirming the Trial Court’s ...

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