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Expensive Payments and High Insurance Rates: Is Work Comp Under Fire, and What are We Doing About it?

Springfield, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Workers’ compensation is treading water in several states where lawmakers are attempting to pass legislation to curb expensive ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 5/22, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) NJ: Risk Manager Involved in $2.3M False Medical Services Scheme “The city (of Paterson) paid $2.3 million last year for employee medical services to three companies that were ...

Two Officers and Two Teachers Among the Dead and Wounded in TX School Shooting

Santa Fe, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – Authorities confirmed that two police officers and two teachers at a high school in Santa Fe were among the injured and dead in a school shooting there on ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 5/21, Monday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) NCCI AIS: The Conference Might Be Over, But WorkersCompensation.com Coverage Isn't NCCI AIS accompanied more thunderstorms and sideways rain with a multitude of speakers, data and ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 5/20, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA: Former Electrician Busted for Allegedly Collecting Fraudulent Work Comp Benefits; Using Employer’s Credit Card to Buy An Engagement Ring (FRIDAY) As previously reported ...

Rousmaniere: Who Are These Injured Immigrants?

What is it like to be a low-wage immigrant worker in the US and suffer a work injury? Whether legal or illegal, modestly educated in a formal sense but with well-honed practical skills and resolve, this person works at a job that ...

The Address Conundrum and Motions to Dismiss

Florida has a fairly stringent set of requirements for specificity in a workers' compensation petition. Those requirements are sometimes a complication in specific instances. Recently, a registered user voiced concerns about two seemingly ...

A Law Student and a Series of Dumb Mistakes

I recently came across a story about a federal judge in Miami. The issue is totally unrelated to workers' compensation, but it involves judicial behavior. It is noteworthy for several reasons. It all arose from a pro-se gentleman ...

Let's Hear It for Mental Health Awareness Month

That deafening roar you are not hearing is the workers’ comp system celebrating Mental Health Awareness month. In fact, when you mention mental health issues to employers and carriers, you’ll mostly hear mumbling about ...

The End of an Era

Several times in the last few months, a big deal has been made in the press about someone's final 10-7. That is a radio call police use to inform of their "end of shift." There was one in Sarasota in April (30 years), another in Georgia (20 ...

Wisconsin Battery Company Cited For Exposing Employees to Lead

Milwaukee, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited C & D Technologies Inc. for exposing employees to lead and ...

Safety Training Falls Short for Immigrant Workers at Small Construction Companies: Study

Washington, DC — Immigrant construction workers employed by small companies do not receive the same amount of safety and health training as their counterparts at larger ...

TX Health Care Provider Sentenced for Workers' Compensation Fraud

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Rancho Viejo health care worker has been sentenced for falsifying worker’s compensation claims. A Travis County District Court sentenced Marcus Ricoy ...

Cal Supreme Court Sets Hearing in CompPartners Case

Sacramento, CA - Two years ago the Court of Appeal opened the Pandora's box of potential litigation against utilization review physicians in the published case of Kirk King v Comppartners, Inc. The California ...

CA Chiropractor Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme

Riverside, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Riverside chiropractor was charged by the Riverside County DA’s Office today, May 17, 2018, with 47 felony counts related to an insurance fraud and kickback ...

For Old Curmudgeons, Robotic Barista May Be the Start of Something Beautiful

I admit, I am a conservative guy. While I prefer the term “traditional thinker,” some people would call me an old curmudgeon. Sometimes the conflicts between my traditional thinking and current trends ...

In Washington State and Elsewhere, Bad Guys Deserve a Different Regulatory Agency

I spoke in Washington State last week, providing the Keynote at the 47th Annual Conference of the Washington Self Insurance Association (WSIA). My presentation was followed by Joel Sacks, Director of ...

From the Archives: I am in a Protected Class - I Have a Problem with My Brain

Bob is on vacation this week. This post is from the Cluttered Desk archives, and was originally published on May 8, 2012. _______________________________________________ This is quite possibly the first ...

From the Archives: Blunder Down Under - Hotel Sex Romp Injury Ruled Compensable

Bob is on vacation this week. This post is from the Cluttered Desk archives, and was originally published on April 20, 2012. _______________________________________________ An Australian woman who was ...

From The Archives: It's a Bad Day at Work When a Meth Lab Explodes in Your Pants

Bob is on vacation this week. This post is from the Cluttered Desk archives, and was originally published on April 30, 2012. _______________________________________________ This is a tale of a ...

NJ: Appellate Division Rules Employee as Covered After Mandatory Snow Storm Commute

In a rather unique unreported case, the Appellate Division recently held that a drive to the normal work site can be considered compensable on the facts in Minter v. Mattson, A-1916-15T4 (App. Div. ...

Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Fires and Floods: How Are We Prepping for CATs in 2018?

The 2018 CAT season has started with a vengeance. Already, we are seeing damage from flooding, earthquakes and a volcano in Hawaii. On top of that, hurricane season will soon be underway, the potential ...

Dynamex, Grubhub, and Work Comp

Dynamex, a recent decision from the California Supreme Court, has caused quite a bit of buzz in legal and business circles. Many believe that Dynamex (see link here) will have vast implications for various gig economy companies. Amazingly, ...

Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for May 2018

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Over-the-counter pain medication risks, Purdue pharma’s family ties, and how work can kill you are your headlines for May 2018. Sackler Family Under Fire in Midst of ...

Provider Networks in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, Barry Lipton from NCCI and Alex Swedlow from CWCI discussed studies on the impact provider networks have on workers' compensation. California Data Data reviewed from 1990-2017 332% increase in ...

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Expensive Payments and High Insurance Rates: Is Work Comp Under Fire, and What are We Doing About it?

Springfield, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Workers’ compensation is treading water in several states where lawmakers are attempting to pass legislation to curb expensive ...

CA Chiropractor Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme

Riverside, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Riverside chiropractor was charged by the Riverside County DA’s Office today, May 17, 2018, with 47 felony counts related to an insurance fraud and kickback ...

TX Health Care Provider Sentenced for Workers' Compensation Fraud

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Rancho Viejo health care worker has been sentenced for falsifying worker’s compensation claims. A Travis County District Court sentenced Marcus Ricoy ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 5/22, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) NJ: Risk Manager Involved in $2.3M False Medical Services Scheme “The city (of Paterson) paid $2.3 million last year for employee medical services to three companies ...

Safety Training Falls Short for Immigrant Workers at Small Construction Companies: Study

Washington, DC — Immigrant construction workers employed by small companies do not receive the same amount of safety and health training as their counterparts at larger ...

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Bruce Burk

Bruce Burk is an experienced workers' compensation defense attorney located in South Florida. He has also worked in civil litigation and criminal defense, handling more than 40 trials, both jury and non-jury. Burk received his law degree from ...

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Phil Yacuboski

Phil Yacuboski is a freelance writer based in Maryland. He writes about business, healthcare and technology. In his spare time, Phil enjoys the outdoors and photography.

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John D'Alusio

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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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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Jon Coppelman

Since 1990 Jon Coppelman has trained thousands of business owners from Main Street to Fortune 500 on the fundamentals of workers’ compensation cost control. From 2006 to 2012 he was a principal writer for the Workers’ Comp Insider, LynchRyan’s ...

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Toni Sutton

Toni Sutton is a freelance writer from Brooklyn, NY now based in San Diego, CA. She’s been writing for more than 10 years covering topics from business, technology, health, and everything in between. When she’s not hunting for a great story or that ...

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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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Peter Rousmaniere

Peter Rousmaniere is widely known throughout the workers’ compensation industry, both for his writing and consulting experience. Based in the picture perfect New England town of Woodstock, VT, he is a regular on the conference circuit, and is deeply ...

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Cindy Ferraino

Cindy Ferraino is a freelance writer from Southern New Jersey. When she is not juggling the schedules of three kids and a very, patient husband, she can be found searching the internet looking for her next article idea. Each WorkersCompensation.com ...

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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson is the CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, and author of the award winning blog, "From Bob's Cluttered Desk". Bob is an accomplished presenter for the workers' comp industry, and we are lucky to have him. We don't ...

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