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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.

A Bailout for Workers Compensation

The issues facing the present economic downturn are not necessarily the same that existed during the great depression and therefore the outcome may not be the same.

Workers' Compensation Medical Benefits are in Critical Condition

Now that Barach Obama is a going to be at the helm of the US, greater attention is being focused on the need for a national health care system incorporating workers’ compensation medical coverage. With private insurance companies failing, unemployment increasing, the cost of medical care soaring, more attention has now been placed on the elimination of medical care as a workers’ compensation benefit paid by Industry.

A proposal has been introduced in the NJ Assembly formalizing an alternate dispute resolution (ADR) program for workers’ compensation. The proposal would allow the establishment of such a program through collective bargaining units and insurance carriers and group self-insurance plans.

Injured Workers' RICO Claim to Proceed Against Employer and Insurance Company

In a landmark decision of immense national significance, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a RICO claim brought by injured workers against their employer, insurance carrier and employer medical expert could proceed. Several injured workers brought the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against their employer, Crawford & Company and [cut-off treatment doctor] Dr. Saul Margules.

The Canadian delegation to the Rotterdam Convention was able to lobby effectively to prohibit a ban on asbestos for another two years. The Canadian mines will continue to churn out the killer fiber and ship it to unsuspecting countries as a result of an effective major lobbying effort of the Canadians to sway the votes of India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

CMS Begins to Roll Out Details of The Mandatory Insurance Carrier Registration Progress-Teleconference Oct. 1, 2008

Implementation of the mandatory insurance company reporting process mandated pursuant to Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (See 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)&(b)(8) have now been unveiling by CMS.

The Politics of Asbestos – US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

 At a recent hearing of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Max Baucus presented a report revealing that the Federal government failed to take the appropriate action to declare Libby, Montana a public health emergency in 2002. The disregard of the federal government led to a lack of funding and manpower in cleaning up the asbestos contamination according to the Senator.

Proposed CMS Legislation Cannot be Resuscitated Following the Wall Street Bailout

The efforts of the insurance industry to revive the previously fatally ill CMS reform legislation can be declared over and the life support disconnected following the Congressional actions to bailout Wall Street. The bill had been given a bounce, like a dead cat thrown against the ground, by the insurance industry, and some misinformed stakeholders, but economics and public opinion will not support the effort any longer.

 

Delay has always been a problem when injured workers need medical treatment.  Traditionally, insurance companies, especially in hard economic times, have sought to hold onto their money and not distribute benefits.

NJ Workers' Compensation System Purportedly Under Investigation by State Commission of Investigation

New Jersey’s workers’ compensation problems are far from over as the NJ State Commission of Investigation (SCI) has purportedly launched an investigation of the NJ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau. The NJ system became the center of media attention following a Star Ledger newspaper series reporting serious problems.

Lehman Brothers Crisis May Meltdown State Workers’ Compensation Programs

The escalating financial crisis of Lehman Brothers [stock down 94% Jan-Sept 2008], may have a major impact on workers’ compensation throughout the US. Over this weekend the financial gurus scheduled meetings in an effort to avoid a complete crash of Lehman Brothers. In the meantime, the waves of this potential economic meltdown are sending hurricane type surges throughout the US workers’ compensation system.
 

Yet again the basic theme of workers' compensation, "periodic payments," was reiterated by a Judge of Compensation. This philosophical premise, periodic payments, is the basic foundation upon which workers' compensation is structured and flies directly in the face of those who advance a legislative change to promote CMS workers' compensation set aside agreements.

The Next Crisis in Comp: What Happens When the Funds Go Insolvent?

Workers’ Compensation coverage is not immune from the economic realities of the market and injured workers again fail to lose big time as the economy falters

Fosamax Adverse Reactions

Fosamax® (alendronate sodium tablets and oral solution) is a bisphosphonate manufactured by Merck, that is marketed, advertised, distributed and sold for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget’s Disease. It has additionally been prescribed for off label uses such as bone cancers. Fosamax® tablets were approved by the FDA on September 29, 1995, while the oral solution was approved on September 17, 2003.

National Cancer Institute Establishes Web Site to Answer Questions About Malignant Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established a resource on the Internet that provides a direct link to resources available concerning mesothelioma: treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials, literature, statistics and research and related information.

US Department of the Interior Reports 36 Locations in NJ with Naturally Occurring Asbestos

The US Geological Survey has reported that NJ ranks 2nd highest in the number of naturally occurring asbestos sites (mines) in the Eastern US.

NY Enacts Legislation Extending 911 Claims Deadline to Sept. 10, 2010

New York State workers’ compensation benefits have been expanded for 911 workers as a result legislation signed Governor Patterson. Under the prior law the registration period would have closed in August 208. The date has been extended to September 10, 2010.

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