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An employee who is laid-off may also collect workers’ compensation benefits. Because the economy that is doing poorly that doesn’t necessarily mean that an injured ordisabled worker is excluded from other benefits.

Raptiva® Withdrawn From Market for High Risk of Fatal Brain Disease

We are investigating cases in which Raptiva® users have experienced neurological changes including unusual weakness, loss of coordination and changes in vision.

On April 8, 2009, the drug manufacturer Genentech announced a phased withdrawal of the psoriasis drug Raptiva® (efalizumab) from the U.S. market.
 

The Compensability of a Swine Flu Pandemic

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an alert for the spread of human swine flu virus. Employers and employees will now need to be alerted to preparations and the reactions that may occur.

 "Sufficient evidence is now available to show that asbestos also causes cancer of the larynx and of the ovary."

Hydroxycut® Products Withdrawn From Market After FDA Consumer Advisory Warning
Jon L. Gelman  is investigating potential cases involving users of Hydroxycut® products who have experienced health problems that may include Rha...

The problems of old age are now worrying are beginning to influence decision makers on what to do with two major delivery system in the United States. Both the Medicare system and the workers’ compensation medical delivery system are now ailing. The fiscal remedy maybe their marriage.
 

Homeland Security Takes Lead in Flu Pandemic Pointing to Compensation Programs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has emerged as the lead agency in directing a response to the potential swine flu pandemic. The agency is following a well defined plan published in 2005 to respond to the threat in an effort to secure the Nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR).

Is The Recovery Of The Workers’ Compensation System An Illusion?
The present economic downturn has been compared to the Great Depression of the 1930’s or the recession of the 1980’s. The factors that existed during ...
Is The Recovery Of The Workers’ Compensation System An Illusion?

The present economic downturn has been compared to the Great Depression of the 1930’s or the recession of the 1980’s. The factors that existed during those financial cycles need to be compared to the present political and economic dynamic to determine whether or not history is repeating itself. Analysis of those two periods provides an insight as to whether or not there will be a rebound or surge of claims in the future.

The New Economic Recovery Act Fails to Include Workers' Compensation Privacy Needs

The new stimulus package, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA], fails to protect medical record privacy for injured workers. The new economic recovery package includes an appropriation of $19 Billion for the expansion of electronic health records [EHR] by funding intellectual technology. The legislation fails to include an essential prohibition on the dissemination and misuse of workers' compensation medical records.

Our modern electronic world has many benefits and conveniences, but the free flow of information also creates privacy concerns. In the realm of health care, privacy protections are needed to preserve patients’ dignity and prevent harms such as discrimination. But such protections can also have unintended consequences for health care, and the health research that is vital for making medical advances. More than 10 years ago Congress called for a set of federal standards, now known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, to protect the privacy of personally identifiable health information while still allowing the flow of information needed to promote high-quality health care.

Taxing Workers' Compensation Benefits to Finance the Bailout

As the greatest economic bailout goes forward, the Federal and State governments are exploring new areas to raise revenue, including from workers’ compensation benefits. The multi-billion dollar national workers’ compensation system, insured by recently nationalized unstable insurance carriers, maybe be a source to fund the rapidly increasing national debt

Commissioning The Federal Government for a New Workers' Compensation System

Legislation was recently introduced in Congress to re-establish a National Commission on State Workers’ Compensation Laws [Commission]. This attempt to recreate the almost 4 decades ago effort to evaluate uniformity of benefits, was introduced by a sole legislator, Representative Joe Baca [CA-43] and lacks any co-sponsorship or a duplicate effort in the US Senate.

Building a Workers' Compensation System That Works

State workers’ compensation systems are beginning to suffer from the impact of the national economic downturn. Economically induced factors are compounding the underlying issues that previously generated a growing level of critical stagnation. The combination of this dynamic now threatens the very core of the workers' compensation system and endangers its extinction.

Employee Exposed to Perfume at Work Allowed Workers' Compensation Benefits

A licensed practical nurse who suffered from preexisting pulmonary disability was permitted to recover benefits against her employer when a co-employee sprayed perfume at work. The NJ Appellate Division ruled that a licensed practical nurse was allowed to seek benefits when exposed to an employee's perfume even though the injured worker came to the employment with severe pre-existing obstructive lung disease.

A complaint filed by an injured worker who sought Federal Court review of a NJ Workers’ Compensation Judge for alleged gross misconduct was dismissed. The Court held that it lacked the authority to review the matter.
 

US Supreme Court to Review Manville Asbestos Bankruptcy Order

The US Supreme Court has decided to review a decision interpreting a 1986 Bankruptcy confirmation plan order. The order formed the basis of a settlement by Travelers Insurance Company to resolve claims against it for conspiracy in concealing information about the dangers of asbestos.
 

Asbestos Continues to Reduce Potential Years of Life

Asbestos exposure continues to have high rates of death in the US.

Infant Death Prompts Recall to Repair 985,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, New York., announced the recall to replace missing safety pegs involving 985,000 drop side cribs. Failure to use or install safety pegs can cause an entrapment and suffocation risk to infants and toddlers.
 

Dry Cleaning Agent 1-BP Causing Neurological Illness

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) (n-propyl bromide),  a solvent increasingly used as a substitute for ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons and similar regulated compounds, has been reported to cause neurological illness. 1-BP is used in vapor and immersion degreasing operations and other manufacturing processes, and as a solvent in industries using aerosol-applied adhesives.

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