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 Will these types of medical plans encourage a medical deductible for workers' compensation coverage? 

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) HazCom Standard does not preempt state law, therefore allowing state lawsuits to go forward based on “failure to warn” claims.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers from the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates.

 Recently release statistics from the US Geological Survey brings some hope to reducing asbestos disease in the US. 

Diesel Exhaust Linked to Cancer

After a week-long meeting of international experts, the International  Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), today   classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence  that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. 


50 Cancers To Be Covered Under the 9-11 Zadroga Health Claim Fund

The New York Times is reporting this afternoon that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved for compensation payments 50 types of cancers from the $4.3 Billion Zadroga 9-11 Fund.

NIOSH Alerts Home Healthcare Workers About Latex Allergies

NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) has published a booklet to educate Home Healthcare Workers about preventing latex allergies. Latex products are made from natural rubber, and sensitivity can develop after repeated exposure. Limiting exposure to latex can help prevent allergic reactions for both home healthcare workers and their clients.

National Highway Safety Board To All States: Ban Cellphone Use in Vehicles

 NHSA bans the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers.....

EPA Issues Annual Report on Chemicals Released Into Land, Air and Water in New Jersey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  issued its 25th annual report on the amount of toxic chemicals released in 2010 to the land, air and water by industrial facilities in New Jersey.

Nursing Home Abuse: Drugging of Patients

 Many seriously injured workers end up living in nursing homes for convenience and care.

The New Mental Workplace Stress : Loneliness

Workers' Compensation claims have been increasing for mental stress claims as technology evolves and more workers are feeling more isolated and estranged from their co-workers by technology.

In December 2011, Tekturna® manufacturer Novartis announced its decision to terminate the clinical ALTITUDE study of the blood pressure drug based on the recommendation of the independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) overseeing the clinical trial study. 

 Following a November 2011 warning issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to reevaluate the safety of Pradaxa®. 

Support The North American Declaration to Ban Asbestos - Sign The Petition

 The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) which combines education, advocacy, and community to provide a unified voice for asbestos victims, today announced with the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims the release of the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Diseases.

New Facebook Address for Injured Workers Law and Advocacy Group

Facebook has changed its group services and the Injured Workers Law and Advocacy Group is moving forward with them. 

A NJ Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision awarding total disability workers' compensation benefits to an injured worker who suffers from bilateral carpal tunnel injuries.

Privacy, Clients and Social Media Discussion

Jon Gelman discuss privacy and their clients, client responsibility when it comes to putting up information on social media sites and how social networking can be used as a portal to monitor clients.

  A Delaware Bankruptcy Judge has approved a reorganization plan  for the former asbestos manufacturer, WR Grace.

Facebook Becomes a Questionable Friend of Workers Compensation

 Social networking’s popularity has become a two-edged sword as a tool in the management, investigation, and disposition of workers’ compensation claims. 

  Cooper Industries has reportedly settled an indemnification  lawsuit. and agreed to pay Pneumo Abex asbestos trust $307.5 Million. The trust funds will be used to pay victims of asbestos exposure.

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