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Houston Lawyer: City Files Liens Against Fallen Firefighters' Families

Houston, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – Families of fallen firefighters who died battling a 2013 hotel fire say that the city of Houston has filed liens against them to recoup expenses for the ...

KY: Federal Officials Charge Mine Operators with Violating Safety Legislation

Owensboro, KY (WorkersCompensation.com) – A federal indictment handed down this week charges eight former supervisors at Armstrong Coal with conspiracy to defraud mine safety officials. According to ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 7/17, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) WA: Asbestos Removal Co. Hit with Workplace Safety Citations and Fines  Above & Beyond Asbestos Removal, based in Edmonds, has been fined up to $229,700 and charged with multiple ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 7/16, Monday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) CA Firefighter Dies While on the Job in Yosemite 36-year-old Calfire firefighter and family man Braden Varney died last week fighting fires in Yosemite (specifically the Ferguson Fire), ...

Five Things to Catch Up On: 7/15, Weekend Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) LA: With Work Injury Rates so Low in the State, Why Aren’t Work Comp Costs Lower? (FRIDAY) While workplace injury rates are low in Louisiana, work comp costs are low, but not as ...

Coppelman on Subrogation: Not-So-Great Expectations?

WorkersCompensation.com President and CEO Bob Wilson's recent ruminations on subrogation in Texas remind me that subrogation is a frequently misunderstood part of the work comp system. The general perception is this: When a ...

Are You Innumerate?

Literacy is a topic that frequently garners attention. It is axiomatic that understanding how to read and write are important skills for members of a society. A quick Internet search will yield many analyses and comparisons of literacy rates, comparing groups, ...

Statutory, Inherent, or Delegated Authority

They say that unwanted tasks roll downhill. Some in the military have even waxed poetic on the point. As Ella Fitzgerald sang, "into each life some rain must fall," and that means we all get some tasks which we would perhaps enjoy less than ...

Rousmaniere: Faces from 9/11

The Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center blasted thousands of tons of asbestos into the air, exposing rescue, recovery and cleanup workers at "the Pile" and in Lower Manhattan to glass fibers, pulverized cement, diesel ...

FL Supreme Court in Work Comp

Florida workers' compensation has recently seen various supreme court decisions. Perhaps 2016 was most noteworthy, with Castellanos and Westphal. These are seen as significantly impacting the Florida system, and I hear them discussed by ...

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to Defrauding California Workers’ Compensation System

Fresno, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - John Thomas Terrence, 75, of Marina del Rey, pleaded guilty today to health care fraud involving a scheme to defraud the California workers’ ...

PA: Wolf Administration Introduces Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Workers’ Compensation

Harrisburg, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Wolf Administration today introduced opioid prescribing guidelines for workers’ compensation to help health care providers ...

WA: Edmonds Asbestos Removal Company Fined More Than a Quarter-Million Dollars for Exposing Workers and the Public to Unsafe Conditions

Tumwater, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) - An Edmonds-based asbestos removal contractor has been cited by the Washington Department of ...

Southeast Georgia Manufacturer Cited After Employee Amputation

Homerville, GA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dupont Yard Inc. after an employee suffered a partial hand amputation ...

Cal/OSHA Produces Fact Sheet, Poster for Preventing Work-Related Injuries to Housekeeping Workers

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Cal/OSHA has produced a fact sheet and poster to help employers in the hotel and lodging industry comply with a new regulation to ...

The Risk Management Follies, or When Your Media Training Call Is a PR Disaster

I am fascinated by the world of risk management. There are so many challenges to the field; so many potential threats to be concerned with. And despite the best laid plans of mice and men, things can go ...

Miracle Cures

I shouldn’t be writing about this. I should instead be making a beeline to a US Patent Office to secure these ideas and ensure for myself a vast amount of future riches. But, that sounds like a lot of work, and I hate paperwork so what the hell. Might as well ...

Want to Control Your Retirement Pension Costs? Hire This Guy.

A man in Germany has been arrested for attempting to murder a co-worker by poisoning his lunch and is now suspected of 21 “suspicious deaths” of co-workers at the company. Police are reported to ...

Coming to WCI? Help Kids' Chance Give Kids the World

Every year the Workers’ Compensation Institute, as part of their annual educational conference in Orlando, holds a service day supporting the non-profit organization Give Kids the World (GKTW). This year, Kids’ ...

The Best Laid Plans of Participatory Millennial Trials

As part of our Hot Seat Webinar on the rise of the Millennials last Friday, we intended to enhance the “visitor experience” with a little add on after the presentation. Playing on the stereotype of participation ...

An LA Times Investigation

The LA Times  published a July 2018 investigation on California workers’ comp (see the link at the bottom of this post). The piece runs under the headline “Workers claim injuries all over their bodies for big payouts-but continue their active ...

NJ Work Comp Judge has Ordered this Municipality to Cover the Cost of an Employee's Medical Marijuana

This post is shared from http://nj1015.com: "A New Jersey worker's compensation judge has ordered this municipality to cover the cost of a municipal employee's medical ...

Quo Vadis, Kentucky?

June 29, 2018. Thirteen days ago. I’m sitting in the Grand Ballroom of the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, soaking in the presentations at the Annual Conference and CEO Summit of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). ACAP has ...

A Billion Dollars and Better Care

Work comp drug costs have dropped by over a billion dollars over the last eight years. What’s even better news is this has been driven largely by sharply lower opioid utilization. The bad news is there are still far too many patients ...

Rumor Has It: A Formal Review Program for Liability/No Fault MSAs Is on Hold...

You may have seen the recent chatter among the Medicare Secondary Payer community that implementation of a formal voluntary Liability MSA (LMSA) and No-Fault MSA (NFMSA) review program is on hold. Some in ...

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NJ Work Comp Judge has Ordered this Municipality to Cover the Cost of an Employee's Medical Marijuana

This post is shared from http://nj1015.com: "A New Jersey worker's compensation judge has ordered this municipality to cover the cost of a municipal employee's medical ...

An LA Times Investigation

The LA Times  published a July 2018 investigation on California workers’ comp (see the link at the bottom of this post). The piece runs under the headline “Workers claim injuries all over their bodies for big payouts-but continue their ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 7/17, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - 1) WA: Asbestos Removal Co. Hit with Workplace Safety Citations and Fines  Above & Beyond Asbestos Removal, based in Edmonds, has been fined up to $229,700 and charged with ...

Houston Lawyer: City Files Liens Against Fallen Firefighters' Families

Houston, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – Families of fallen firefighters who died battling a 2013 hotel fire say that the city of Houston has filed liens against them to recoup expenses for the ...

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to Defrauding California Workers’ Compensation System

Fresno, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - John Thomas Terrence, 75, of Marina del Rey, pleaded guilty today to health care fraud involving a scheme to defraud the California workers’ ...

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