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Vermont First Responders Gain Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Issues

Posted on: July 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In an unprecedented decision, a recent piece of legislation from the state of Vermont has granted the state’s first responders with workers’ compensation coverage for mental health issues and illnesses incurred as a result of work. The law, which entered effect on July 1st, overturned an earlier Vermont Supreme Court ruling that previously prohibited first […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

New Study Sheds Light on Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases

Posted on: May 25, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in its recent study found a significant differential in the percentage of claims involving defense attorneys representing injured workers across 18 state Workers’ Compensation systems. The 18 states included in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, […] Read More

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State Workers’ Comp Bureaus Taking Measures to Battle Opioid Addiction

Posted on: April 18, 2017 by Caitlin Morgan

Last year, in one of our articles, we turned our attention to the opioid epidemic and the impact it’s having in the workplace. We’re taking a fresh look at the problem and what Workers’ Comp boards are doing across the country to help tackle the issue. According to a survey conducted by CompPharma, an industry […] Read More

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Managing Long-Tail Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: March 14, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Among the issues to watch for in Workers’ Compensation for 2017 is the impact of the U.S. election on OSHA regulations and ADA accommodations for workplace injuries, state legislative bills, and marijuana in the workplace as more states in 2016 have passed laws making recreational use legal. Also among the Workers’ Comp issues to keep […] Read More

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Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries at Nearly $60B Annually in Direct Workers’ Comp Costs

Posted on: January 19, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index was recently released, indicating that serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. Workers’ Compensation costs per year. This means that more than $1 billion dollars a week are being spent by businesses on these injuries, which include everything from overexertion to slips […] Read More

Posted in: blog Home Health Care Workers Comp Workers Compensation

What to Watch for in Health Care Workers’ Compensation 2017

Posted on: December 22, 2016 by Caitlin Morgan

Workers’ Compensation insurance continues to be a major concern for companies across all industries, including health care, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers. Health care workers face […] Read More

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Workers’ Compensation Rx Spend Down, Survey Shows

Posted on: November 16, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

A new survey by CompPharma that looks at prescription drug management shows an 8.7% reduction in Workers’ Compensation payers’ pharmacy spend. The 13th annual survey analyzed 2015 pharmacy cost data of 30 Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, and state funds. Interviews were conducted in the summer of 2016, with data on pharmacy […] Read More

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down State’s Opt-Out Workers’ Compensation Rule

Posted on: October 3, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

In 2013, legislation in Oklahoma was signed into law allowing employers to implement an alternative to the state’s traditional Workers’ Compensation system. The 2013 legislation gave Oklahoma employers the ability to “opt out” of the state Workers’ Compensation system and write their own plans, setting the terms for what injuries were covered, which doctors workers […] Read More

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Workers’ Comp: The Impact of Sitting on the Job

Posted on: August 19, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

Increasingly the jobs we do are sedentary in nature with many of us sitting at a desk eight to ten hours a day. The advent of the personal computer and the growth of the modern cubicle have enabled employers to maximize productivity by virtually eliminating the need for workers to leave their desks. While a […] Read More

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