Workers Comp & Safety News – October/November 2022

Will the Inflation Reduction Act Increase or Lower Workers Comp Costs?

Capitol buildingThe so-called Inflation Reduction Act (HR 5376) signed into law by President Biden includes certain health care cost-reducing measures.
Read on for details.
 
 

How to Improve Workplace Ergonomics

ergonomics chartAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ergonomic injuries (also known as musculoskeletal disorders) make up one-third of all work-related injuries and illnesses. Read on for details.
 
 

How Loss of Consortium Can Shield Workers Comp Awards from Subrogation

subrogationWhile laws relating to who and under what conditions people can recover damages from loss of consortium vary by state, loss of consortium is a type of claim that can involve workers compensation.Read on for details.
 
 

State of US Workers Compensation Industry

The following key insights are from the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s annual report on the state of the workers comp industry:Read on for details.

Workers Comp & Safety News – August/September 2022

How Well Prepared Is the WC Industry for Catastrophe?

tornadoAs a result of COVID-19, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) — the workers comp ratemaking organization used by two thirds of the states — has broadened its definition of catastrophes.
Read on for details.

 

Pros and Cons of Excluding Owners and Officers from Workers’ Comp Coverage

injured warehousemanSome businesses decide owners and officers workers compensation coverage is unnecessary, but it’s important to wiegh the potential savings against the risk of not having it. Read on for details.
 
 

Why Robots Are Taking All the Crummy Jobs

surgical operationHumans just aren’t that well suited for dangerous and monotonous jobs, say the experts. Let the robots do them, they say. Read on for details.
 
 
 

The Downside of Robots in the Workplace

Robots have become particularly useful for improving workplace conditions. They can undertake tasks that would be too dangerous for humans or assist humans to minimize dangers. Read on for details.

Workers Comp & Safety News – June/July 2022

Five Ways Data Analytics is Helping
Improve Workers Comp Claims

data scientistsToday almost all businesses are using data analytics to improve decision-making, become more efficient, mitigate risk and enhance security. Read on for details.
 
 
 

Thirty-Five Percent of Comp
Injuries Happen the First Year

injured warehousemanThere’s a better than 1 in 3 chance if an employee has an injury, it will be during their first year on the job.
Read on for details.
 
 
 

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered
by Workers Comp?

surgical operationMore than a third of U.S. adults are obese. Almost another third is overweight. Read on for details.

 
 

Updates on Marijuana Legalization, PTSD Claims and Lump Sum Settlements

Marijuana: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana (220-204). But it had little support from Republicans and is not likely to pass the Senate. Read on for details.

Workers Comp & Safety News – April/May 2022

US Supreme Court May Consider Ruling on Comp Coverage for Marijuana

woman getting vaccineThe Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice for advice on the matter as it examines a couple recent cases from Minnesota. Read on for details.

 
 

Can Any Worker Make a PTSD
Comp Claim?

person with cast filling out formMore than half the states have legislated presumption bills that make workers compensation claims from post-traumatic stress compensable for first responders.
Read on for details.
 
 

Five Exceptions to The Going and Coming Rule

person with bandageIt’s logical to consider commuting as job-related, but the aspect of getting to and from the job has traditionally been ruled as an activity outside the realm of worker compensation.Read on for details.
 
 

Most Coronavirus Vaccination Side-Effects Likely Not Serious Enough for Worker Compensation

Some state legislatures, such as Idaho’s in February, have introduced bills to provide workers compensation for accidents or injuries related to coronavirus vaccinations provided by employers. Read on for details.

Workers Comp & Safety News – February /March 2022

Updates on COVID-19 in the Workplace

woman getting vaccineThe Supreme Court has stopped OSHA from implementing its COVID-19 Workplace requirement for employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or testing.
Read on for details.

 

What’s the Difference between a Stipulation and a Compromise & Release?

person with cast filling out formThere are basically two types of workers compensation settlements:
A Stipulated Finding and Award or “Stipulation,” and a Compromise & Release.Read on for details.
 

 

Cost and Use of Topical Analgesics Rising Rapidly

person with bandageUse of topical analgesics is an important option for treating certain musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions for workers with injuries, especially as other commonly prescribed pain medications, such as opioids, are strictly regulated. Read on for details.

 

The Many Varieties of TPA

If you’re bringing your worker’s comp claims administration in-house, either because you are self-insuring or you have set up a special situation with an insurer, you’ll need to get a third-party administrator. Read on for details.

Workers Comp & Safety News – December 2021/January 2022

Federal Court Stops Biden Administration’s National Vaccine Mandate

woman holding vaccine cardOn Friday, November 12, 2021, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay of the Biden administration’s federal vaccine mandate for employers with over 100 employees.
Read on for details.
 

Recent Developments in Workers Comp Pain Management

pain managementA look at efforts to reduce opioid dependency, make marijuana prescriptions reimbursable, and legalize psychedelics for medical use. Read on for details.
 
 
 

8 Exceptions to the Course of Employment Rule

workers comp claim formTo better understand course of employment rules it helps to look at the exceptions. Read on for details.
 
 
 

5 Reasons You Need Employers Liability Coverage

When it comes to workplace safety, ignorance is no defense. OSHA safety and health regulations often apply to all businesses, regardless of size. Read on for details.