New York

Author's posts

Dec 09

Long-Lasting Depressive Symptoms, Physical Impairment Often Follow ICU Stays

Newswise — Critically ill patients who recover from a potentially deadly syndrome known as acute lung injury frequently emerge with new, apparently long-lasting depressive symptoms and new physical impairments that make them unable to perform many daily tasks, Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the new study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and …

Continue reading »

Dec 09

Early Effect of Reforms to New York Workers’ Compensation System Identified in New Study by WCRI

PR Web Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) December 07, 2011 The early impact of the 2007 New York workers’ compensation reforms is identified by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in a new study, Early Impact of the 2007 Reforms in New York, designed to evaluate whether the regulatory changes met stated objectives. The key regulatory changes …

Continue reading »

Nov 30

Workers’ Compensation System’s ‘Elephant in the Room’

The state-based workers’ compensation system has evolved and survived for 100 years but it could face tough challenges in the coming years as the country struggles to dig itself out of the deep recession. The recession has caused an “unprecedented disruption of the labor market” that will have widespread and long-term effects, according to a …

Continue reading »

Nov 30

House approves workers’ comp reforms

The House on Tuesday passed a bipartisan bill that would overhaul federal workers’ compensation programs for the first time in almost 40 years and make it easier to catch cheats. HR 2465, the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act, would give the Labor Department more power to identify employees who illegally work elsewhere while …

Continue reading »

Nov 29

Zynga’s Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain

Former employees of Zynga describe a demanding workplace that includes loud outbursts by its chief, Mark Pincus. Zynga’s chief executive, Mark Pincus, got an earful from employees last month. In dozens of e-mails to a companywide list, frustrated workers complained about the long hours and stressful deadline periods. The quarterly staff survey solicited 1,600 responses, …

Continue reading »

Nov 29

Comp prevents birth defects suit for worker’s son

in Texas, the exclusivity provision bars a suit claiming that injuries to a worker’s child were caused by the worker’s exposure to toxic substances in the workplace. Case name: Peters v. Texas Instruments Inc., No. 10C-06-043 JRJ (Del. Super. Ct. 09/30/11). Ruling: Applying Texas law, the Delaware Superior Court dismissed a worker’s suit alleging that …

Continue reading »

Nov 28

MTA was worried about rising injury rate on LIRR tunnel project before falling concrete hit a worker

Officials had concerns about the increasing number of injuries on a Long Island Rail Road tunnel construction before a chunk of falling concrete killed a sandhog. Sandhogs are urban miners who brave the dark, damp conditions far beneath New York City to build tunnels for sewer, water and transportation. Historically, tunnel excavation and construction has …

Continue reading »

Nov 28

Brooklyn cyclists continue to rip through Prospect Park at unsafe speeds despite crackdown

Bike riders and pedestrians in Prospect Park. Daily News reporter used radar to check speed of riders which was between 7-29 mph. The fastest was on the down hill slope. Pedestrians have been hit by cyclists and seriously injured. Two women were nearly killed in collisions with bicyclists in Prospect Park in the last six …

Continue reading »

Nov 28

How practices can make room for mobility

More than 40 million Americans have a disability, and about 24% of them use mobility aids. Experts offer tips to improve care for these patients. By Christine S. Moyer, amednews staff. Posted Nov. 28, 2011. Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, has not been weighed in nearly two decades. The last measurement was taken when she …

Continue reading »

Nov 28

Workers’ comp carriers ask for hike

After rocketing up the ranks of the states where workers’ compensation insurance costs the most, Connecticut’s rates could climb higher in 2012. The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which represents workers’ compensation carriers, petitioned to hike a key formula used to determine rates by 4.5 percent next year in Connecticut on average for …

Continue reading »