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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.

Workers’ Compensation News - May 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 10

Jury Awards $5M in Anti-Smoking Suit

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Lung Disease in Workers Who Use or Make Flavorings

 This Alert describes health effects that may occur because of workplace exposure to some flavorings or their ingredients, gives examples of workplace settings in which illness has occurred, and recommends steps that companies and workers should take to prevent hazardous exposures.

Welder Awarded $1 Million In Jury Trial

 Disease keeps him home, man says Larry Elam first noticed the tremors in the late 1980s or early 1990s, while he was out for dinner with his wife.

Workers' Compensation News - February 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 9

NJ LEGISLATION ATTEMPTS TO ELIMINATE BENEFITS --WC: NJ Is About to Take A Backward Step By Adopting a Policy of Burning the Houses Down--Senator Anthony R. Bucco has reintroduced a bill to eliminate entitlement to workers' compensation cash benefits during imprisonment. The bill has advanced out of committee and is scheduled for a floor vote next week. 

NIOSH Announces Worker Notification Program

  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a federal agency mandated to conduct research to prevent illnesses and injuries in the workplace. NIOSH notifies workers and other stakeholders about the findings of these research studies. The new web site contains a list of NIOSH studies and notification materials. 

Recent Amendments to the NJ Workers' Compensation Act: Dependnacy Rates / Asbestos Disease Recovery / Notice Requirement Eliminated

 Dependency rates were raise to a uniform 70%, not 100% so the "death penalty" continues. NJSA 34:15-33 was repealed. This effects all occupational claims and eliminates the requirement of notice in all occupational disease claims. This eliminates the conservative case law, ie. Brock.

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There is also a need for the regulation of gambling and new online casinos in Australia. Many of the platforms are based offshore, and it has been proposed that these platforms should be required to adhere to Australian laws and regulation. The regulation of these offshore platforms will come into play if the regulation of gambling is becoming difficult. This is something that all countries will have to contend with, and if Australia's stance on offshore gambling is tough, other gambling industry players may move their gambling to an area where regulation is less strict.

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