Workers' Compensation News - April 14, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 16

ASBESTOS-Take a look at USAction's new cartoon, “Halliburton's Doggone Good Deal.” First war profiteering, now an asbestos bailout scheme orchestrated by a company with oh-so-close relations to the White House.  

Workers' Compensation News - April 21, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 17 CompAssist (tm)

DEATH BY WORK. Occupational diseases of the 21st century will be heart attacks, suicide and strokes. Hazards editor Rory O'Neill looks at why so many of us are being worked into the ground. 

Analysis of New California Workers' Compensation Legislation

 Workers' compensation, implemented in California in 1913, is a no-fault system, entitling workers to compensation for illness or injury arising out of and in the course of work duties, regardless of the blame which might otherwise be placed on the employer or the employee. The workers' compensation system is premised on a bargain between employers and employees: employees are supposed to receive benefits for on-the-job injuries and, in return, the benefits are the exclusive remedy for injured employees against their employer, even when the employer negligently caused the injury.

Acute trauma at work remains a leading cause of death and disability among U.S. workers

 During the period from 1980 through 1995, at least 93,338 workers in the U.S. died as a result of trauma suffered on the job, for an average of about 16 deaths per day (NIOSH). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has identified 5,915 workplace deaths from acute traumatic injury in 2000. BLS also estimates that 5.7 million injuries to workers occurred in 1997 alone; while NIOSH estimates that about 3.6 million occupational injuries were serious enough to be treated in hospital emergency rooms in 1998. 

NIOSH: Leading Cause of Occupational Fatalities in US are Roadway Crashes

From 1992 through 2001, roadway crashes were the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S., accounting for 13,337 civilian worker deaths (22% of all injury-related deaths).

Workers' Compensation News - April 7, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 15 CompAssist (tm)

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. Firms watch health-care fight - California battle on insurance fans fear of mandates.  A battle under way in California may foreshadow whether businesses in Illinois and around the country will be forced to offer employee health insurance.

Does the Workers’ Compensation System  Need a Prescription Change?

The delivery of medical benefits to injured workers  is becoming more costly and difficult to administer.The purpose of this article is to report developing trends in the United States in the delivery of medical benefits for injured workers.

Insurance Companies' Cost Injured Workers Their Homes, Cars and Their Dignity

Injured workers told a State Capitol news conference today that workers’ compensation insurers unreasonably delayed undisputed medical and disability payments that cost the workers their cars, homes, personal assets, and their dignity. The injured workers and their advocates called upon the Legislature and the governor to reject the insurance companies demand that penalties for unreasonable delays be reduced as part of a legislative compromise.

Workers' Compensation News - March 31, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 14 CompAssist (tm)

 CANCER RISKS IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. A chipmaking trade group said on Thursday that it would sponsor a far-reaching study on cancer risks in semiconductor manufacturing facilities, after years of calls for such an effort by industry critics. 

United Farm Workers Object to California Governor's Workers' Compensation Proposal

 United Farm Workers' President, Arturo Rodriquez, strongly objects to the proposal offered by the Governor of California to reform workers' compensation in that State.

Workers' Compensation News - March 24, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 13 CompAssist (tm)
NJ RULE PROPOSALS - DEADLINE TO COMMENT Public Hearing: Tues April 6, 2004 Deadline to Comment: May 14, 2004 Topics: Camera & Audio Coverage; M...
HHS Awards $81 Million for Five-Year Health Screening of World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery Workers

 HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the awarding of eight grants to fund an $81 million, five-year health screening program of New York City firefighters and other workers and volunteers who provided rescue, recovery, and restoration services at the World Trade Center disaster site. The grants will allow the recipients to conduct three, free, standardized clinical examinations for each eligible individual over the next five years.

Workers' Compensation News - March 17, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 12 CompAssist (tm)
 FORMER DIRECTOR OF NJ DIVISION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION INDICTED Harry Parkin, formerly one of Mercer County's highest-ranking officials, was in...
Older Workers Face More Serious Consequences from Workplace Injuries

 Comparing the outcomes of workplace injuries in three states—California, Washington, and Wisconsin—suggests that older workers are more likely than their younger counterparts to have permanent disabilities as a result of those injuries. This is true even though older workers have fewer workplace accidents.

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)
WHO WILL MANAGE SSA - CMS (The people who enforce Medicare Secondary Payment laws) HHS Secretary Thompson Criticizes Opposition to Nomination of FDA ...
California Advocates Call For Insurance Regulation

 Injured Workers & Advocates: Regulate Workers’ Comp Insurance, Protect Choice of Doctor, Right to 2nd Opinion. Injured workers and their advocates called for regulation of workers’ compensation insurance rate, protecting injured workers’ rights to choose their own doctors, and the right to a 2nd medial opinion. The injured workers’ advocates gave their proposals for reforming California’s workers’ compensation insurance system, including prohibiting excessive insurance rates, and criticized Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposal, saying it “would harm thousands of injured workers.” 

Mix of Chemicals Plus Stress Damages Brain, Liver in Animals and Likely in Humans

 Stress is a well known culprit in disease, but now researchers have shown that stress can intensify the effects of relatively safe chemicals, making them very harmful to the brain and liver in animals and likely in humans, as well. 

Asbestos Related Deaths to Increase Reports the International Labour Organization

Being concerned with continuous wide used of asbestos in the world, the EU and ILO convened the European Asbestos Conference in September 2003 in Dresden, Germany. Gerd Albracht, chairman of the Conference, underlined that "mmillions of workers and consumers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Twenty-thousand asbestos related lung cancers and 10,000 mesotheliomas occur annually across the population of Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Japan and Australia alone, but developing countries have much higher risks of exposure. In such countries, asbestos is thus a time bomb that looks set to lead to an explosive increase in asbestos related diseases and deaths in the next 20-30 years." 

NJ Ranks 2nd in Nation for Asbestos Related Deaths

Government Statistics on deaths due to Asbestos-related disease have been released and appear in a recently released report published by the Environmental Working Group of Washington DC. The report reveals that: Camden, Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen have the highest rates in the State of NJ. At Least 2,775 People Have Been Killed by Asbestos in New Jersey Since 1979

 A significant challenge to the rights of injured workers in third party asbestos litigation was introduced in Congress in 1999 by U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) in what he termed the "Fairness in Asbestos Litigation Act of 1998", S.2546.

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