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Five Things to Catch Up On: 5/28, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) FL District Court of Appeals Panel Reverses Decision in Workers' Comp Case Involving a Physician Change (FRIDAY) A District Court of Appeals panel out of Tallahassee, FL has ...

CA Cuts Down on Fraud

San Bernardino, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd said California is one of the utmost stringent and expensive employers among the states, making it one of the most complicated workers’ compensation systems in the ...

MN Workers' Comp Claims Down; State Group Home Workers an Exception

St. Paul, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - While Minnesota continues to see decreases in its workers’ compensation claims, one segment of Minnesota employees is filing more claims than ever. Employees of ...

Worksafe Report: Tesla Injuries at Fremont Plant Are Double the National Average

Fremont, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A report issued this week by a California safe workplace organization alleges that injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant are nearly double the national average. But ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 5/26, Friday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) Inspiration Behind Law for Firefighters in OH Dies After Battle with Brain Cancer  Michael Palumbo, a Beachwood fire captain out of Ohio (who also worked part-time with the ...

My Workers' Comp Accident

This story starts late in the afternoon in southern Michigan, a million years ago. I was driving a delivery truck, 12 to 14 hours per day, around northern Indiana, Ohio, southern Michigan, and Illinois. The payload was always ice, but the description ...

It is About Communication

Not a great many motions cross my desk anymore. There are times when I am covering a judge's docket for vacation, and there is the occasional Motion to Waive State Mediation, but motions are not a daily issue as they are for most judges. I was recently ...

The Waffle House Index

If you read Bob's Cluttered desk, you might think that the Waffle House Index has something to do with violence, controversy, or worse. If you live in the south, you know Waffle House. If you know Waffle House, you know not to try ordering french ...

Attorney Complicity and Disqualification

When should a lawyer be precluded from representing a client in a claim or complaint? WorkCompCentral reported in April that an Attorney Complicit in Comp Fraud Can't Represent Client's Estate. That is a headline likely to attract ...

Rousmaniere: Unconstitutional in Alabama

Courts in three states have struck down at least certain parts of their workers’ compensation laws as unconstitutional. These decisions favored injured workers. A ruling by an Alabama court last week may be the most important of the ...

Tesla Factory Has High Serious Injury Rates

Editors Note: Tesla offers response on this subject in exclusive WorkersCompensation.com Featured News Story. You may read that here. Sacramento, CA - The rate of serious injuries at a Tesla factory in California is double the ...

NSC Announces Winners of Prestigious Green Cross for Safety Awards

Itasca, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The National Safety Council presented its prestigious Green Cross for Safety Awards to individuals and organizations that have helped save lives and prevent ...

CSB Releases Investigative Update Into Loy Lange Box Company Catastrophic Pressure Vessel Failure

St. Louis, MO (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a “Factual Investigative Update” on the April 3, 2017, catastrophic ...

CA Bay Area Doctor Sentenced To Prison For Running Pill Mill, Involuntary Manslaughter

Santa Clara County, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A former doctor, who ran a pain management clinic out of Los Gatos, was sentenced late last week to four years in prison for the ...

Workers Blame Sedentary Jobs for Packed-On Pounds, Survey Finds

Chicago, IL – Long periods of sitting, stress-related eating and workplace weariness are among the factors workers say have contributed to their personal weight gain, according to the results of a ...

Avoid Attorney Fees by Avoiding the Attorneys

There is a scene in an episode of the hit television show, “Big Bang Theory” that I thought of recently. Set at a campsite in the desert, three of the main characters, Raj, Howard and Leonard, are all “severely ...

Chicago and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

I am headed to Chicago this morning to attend an open house at the newly named Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. It was formerly known as the The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) — a specialty, non-profit hospital serving ...

Social Security Numbers and States That Are Getting It Right (or Almost Right)

I have been highlighting in recent weeks the need to purge the use of injured workers’ social security numbers from the jurisdictional forms used in the management of their claims. As I have noted, ...

"The Word" is Adapting, and the Future is On the Docket for NCCI

NCCI CEO Bill Donnell delivered the opening address to a packed house at the Annual Issues Symposium in Orlando, FL Thursday. Donnell gave an excellent presentation, speaking about the state of the industry, ...

Are We Asking the Right Questions Regarding Doctor Choice?

Last month the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study looking at how and if claim expense is affected depending on which party gets to select the doctor. The study, in excess of 100 pages, was ...

OWC Director Responds to WorkCompCentral Article on Potential Veto of ODG Bill

This Tuesday, May 23rd, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed an ODG formulary bill for workers’ comp, 58-36. This morning, national industry publication WorkCompCentral (subscription ...

Friday Catch-Up

It’s been a bit busy this week; helping my sister take care of our mom in Maine.  Mom is 96 and ready to move on. She’s had an amazing life; grew up during the Great Depression, master’s degree at 21, ran the FBI’s fingerprint lab during WWII ...

Advocacy-Based Claims Handling

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers' Compensation Conference, a panel discussed the importance of having an advocacy-based claims model. The speakers included: Natalie Bailey - Attorney, Hennessy Roach PC Andy Condrey - Claims Operations ...

Pain, Pot and Prescription Drugs

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers' Compensation Conference, a panel discussed the problems with marijuana, opioids, and pain. The panel was: Jennifer Saddy - Director Workers' Compensation, American Airlines Teresa Bartlett - SVP Medical ...

Managing the Risk of Workplace Violence

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers' Compensation Conference a panel discussed managing the risks of workplace violence. The panel was: Mark Baker - VP Risk Management, Hyatt Corporation Lance Ewing - EVP Global Risk Management and ...

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Ohio Construction Worker’s Fraud Scheme Collapses

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Marion man who claimed to be permanently disabled owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $160,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday to a fourth-degree felony ...

CA Cuts Down on Fraud

San Bernardino, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd said California is one of the utmost stringent and expensive employers among the states, making it one of the most complicated workers’ compensation systems in ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 5/28, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) FL District Court of Appeals Panel Reverses Decision in Workers' Comp Case Involving a Physician Change (FRIDAY) A District Court of Appeals panel out of Tallahassee, ...

MN Workers' Comp Claims Down; State Group Home Workers an Exception

St. Paul, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - While Minnesota continues to see decreases in its workers’ compensation claims, one segment of Minnesota employees is filing more claims than ever. Employees ...

Worksafe Report: Tesla Injuries at Fremont Plant Are Double the National Average

Fremont, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A report issued this week by a California safe workplace organization alleges that injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant are nearly double the national ...

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Heather Schwartz Sanderson

Heather Schwartz Sanderson, Esq., MSCC, CHPE, CLMP, CMSP Heather is Chief Legal Officer for Franco Signor LLC, the nation's compliance authority for Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) matters. She has lectured on MSP compliance to the workers’ ...

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Terry Bogyo

Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning ...

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David Langham is the Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings. He has been involved in workers’ compensation for over 25 years as an attorney, an ...

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John Gerboth worked for many years as a workers' compensation attorney in Ohio. Since relocating to Connecticut, he has taken to "blawging" about various legal topics. He's also a husband, a father and a huge fan of the New ...

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Angela Underwood

Author Angela Underwood has worked as a reporter, feature writer and editor for more than a decade. Her prior roles as Municipal Beat Correspondent with Gannett and Public Information Officer for Toms Rivers government in New Jersey have given her ...

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John D’Alusio has over 30 years experience in P/C insurance with executive management positions in administration, field operations, and claim technical areas. Mr. D’Alusio has had many articles published in industry periodicals, and is also a ...

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Alabama recently saw a Supreme Court decision rendering its workers' compensation system unconstitutional. Florida, Oklahoma and Utah have seen similar successful constitutional challenges. Is this the start of a trend? Is your state at risk for a similar challenge? Tell us your opinion here in our Pulse Poll!