07.26.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) professor has filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for workers’ compensation after being injured in an attack at the school.
According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, the professor claims that since the school was under a five-year $40 million agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development; the school should have been covered by...
07.19.2017By Liz Carey
Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Texas appeals court reversed a $43 million injury award for a man whose leg was amputated in an industrial accident, saying his injuries were covered under workers’ compensation.
In 2013, Tyler Lee was a superintendent for a general contractor on a construction site in Houston. Berkel & Company Contractors Inc. was one of the subcontractors on the site. According to court records, one of Berkel’s superintendents, Chris...
07.12.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
About 900,000 work injuries involving at least one day of lost time will occur this year. How might that be lowered within a five year planning horizon to, say 810,000, which would be consistent with long term trends? It will likely require more adept use of technology and smarter targeting of opportunities.
To set a high bar, consider how worksite safety has lagged commercial flight safety. Since the 1960s, if American work had advanced in...
07.05.2017By Liz Carey
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – For companies with wellness plans, wearable devices like FitBits can be a way to engage employees, but, experts warn, there could be some risks associated with them as well.
While the jury is still out on how wellness programs impact workers’ compensation costs, the use of fitness trackers or wearable devices in wellness programs is beginning to take off.
According to a study from ABI...
06.28.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Nearly two decades ago, the federal government passed legislation to cover any medical expenses incurred by employees working in the country’s nuclear weapons facilities.
And nearly two decades later, employees, their families, advocacy groups and attorneys are still fighting to make sure employees get those benefits.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed an executive order requiring the federal government to compensate nuclear weapons workers, and established...
06.21.2017By Angela Underwood
Charleston, WV (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Supreme Court ruling recently denied an inmate workers’ compensation for an injury he sustained participating in state-mandated labor. It has been a hot topic in the industry this week.
The Associated Press (AP) was one of the news outlets who reported on the story, about former inmate William Crawford’s hand injury. The accident caused two of his fingers to be partially amputated and almost $100,000 in...
06.14.2017By Liz Carey
Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - While the standard for interpreters and translators remains as contract employment, some within the industry are calling for interpreters to be classified as employees.
On May 31, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against SOS International, or SOSi, a vendor for the department of justice, for misclassifying interpreters as contractors instead of employees, and cited unfair labor practices.
The company provides interpreters for...
06.07.2017By The National Safety Council
Itasca, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The National Safety Council applauds building owners across Chicago for agreeing to light their properties green in observance of June as National Safety Month. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA) approved the Council's lighting request, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois building, Prudential Plaza and The Wrigley Building, 400-410 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill., already have agreed to participate. The National Safety...
05.31.2017By Liz Carey
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 government-run state homes, which provide housing for seniors and people with disabilities, have filed more than 500 workers’ compensation claims, according to a report on KMSP. An estimated 350 of those claims were for aggressive and sometimes violent behavior from a client, the report...
05.24.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, D.C. (WorkersCompensation.com) - A bill introduced today in Congress by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) would strip federal workers’ compensation from former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., as well as any other elected official convicted of the 29 crimes listed.
The bill, entitled the Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act, would not only prevent former congressmen from collecting workers’ compensation, but also provide Congress with an annual list of Congressmen who have applied...
05.17.2017By Liz Carey
National (WorkersCompensation.com) - As technology provides improvements to accuracy, productivity and costs, it doesn’t necessarily reduce workers’ compensation costs.
According to a study by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne with the Oxford University Engineering Sciences Department, a rise in automation and robotics in American workplaces could lead to up to 47 percent of U.S. employees losing their jobs.
And as the use of robots and automation...
05.10.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
Does it matter who picks the doctor? The Workers' Compensation Research Institute concluded in a report released last week that for the most part an insurer or employer will incur roughly the same claims costs for work injuries regardless if they occur in “employer choice” or “employee choice” states. It also opened the door to fruitful discussion of what does make a difference in claims outcomes.
To get to its...
05.03.2017By Angela Underwood
Vermont and Colorado (WorkersCompensation.com) – Nationwide attention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coverage has turned to Colorado and Vermont recently.
The evidence is present in both states, where legislation for the mental health injury respectively passed last week in the Northwest and is considered almost two-thousand miles away in the Northeast.
Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) said the reason why she introduced H 197 is because she was offered the opportunity to...
04.26.2017By Peter Rousmaniere
The City of Work Injuries is shrinking in population while the City of Non-Occ Absences expands. During the Trump Administration, these trends are sure to persist. At some time they will change the workers’ comp industry as we know it.
When and how? I predicted in 2015 a scenario for the 2020s by which the current workers’ compensation would incrementally convert to a more privatized worker benefit placed on a platform shared with...
04.19.2017By Liz Carey
A bill in the Montana Legislature would allow employers to deny workers’ compensation claims for employees who fail to disclose relevant prior workplace injuries.
The bill, SB 116, was proposed by Sen. Mark Blasdell (R-Kalispell) and would require employees to be open and honest in pre-employment questionnaires with regard to any injuries that may impact their ability to perform their jobs.
If employees don’t disclose those prior injuries, and are...
04.19.2017By Angela Underwood
Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – There is a sigh of relief for first responders now that the Senate’s workers’ compensation bill has been amended to cover multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s cancers.
In February, WorkersCompensation.com covered GA Bill 152 Could Cover Cancer Costs for Firefighters when the bill was pending after being vetoed last year by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said the measure would be too costly to consider....
Sacramento, CA - A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists.
In a specially designed trial involving 76 healthy volunteers who were given either the drug or a placebo dummy pill, those who were on doxycycline had a 60 percent lower fear response than those who were not.
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Starting this week, WorkersCompensation.com Premium Media Services will be providing current news and blog content for the Workers' Compensation Institute. It will be available on the WCI website, located at www.wci360.com, as well as through the WCI Weekly Newsletter.
The Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI) is a nonprofit educational organization that serves as a comprehensive resource to all workers' compensation stakeholders. The WCI is an outgrowth of the long-established Florida...
Over the past several years, prescription drug costs related to workers’ compensation claims have risen dramatically, making it increasingly important for claims professionals to carefully evaluate this exposure and mitigate costs when possible. Optum Settlement Solutions understands that keeping up to date on new generic formulations is part of an overall strategic approach to reduce the cost of claims and ultimately the prescription allocation of a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA).
Every brand medication has a patent life...
At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, a panel debated the state of the workers’ compensation “grand bargain” in 2017. The panel was:David Dietz, MD – David Dietz & Associates Dr. David Michaels – Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University Dr. Emily Spieler – Northeastern University School of Law Bruce Wood – American Insurance Association
This session was conducted question and answer style:
Question: Why now are...