Category Archive: News

Mar 12

N.Y. Workers’ Comp Board Moving to Electronic Claims Reporting

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is transitioning from a paper to an electronic employer report of injury system. The board will adopt the IAIABC (International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions) Claims Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Standard Release 3.0. Currently, the board accepts New York-specific claims information from employers and insurance carriers …

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Mar 06

Are Four Limbs Worth $18 Million? Quadruple Amputee Gets Big Settlement From NYC, Brooklyn Hospital

Four years after her horrible ordeal began 32-year-old Tabitha Mullings, who became a quadruple amputee after a hospital “mistake,” is getting a hefty $17.9 million payday. After three years going through the courts, Brooklyn Hospital and its doctors have agreed to settle and fork over $9.4 million (the city will pay $8.5 million). Not quite …

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Mar 06

Weirdest injuries in sports history

Last week, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett accidentally bunted a ball off his face, resulting in a broken orbital bone. On Friday, Burnett had surgery to repair his fractured face but will have to sit out the next 2-3 months. In honor of Burnett’s weird injury, we’ve compiled a list of some even stranger sports injuries, …

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Mar 06

N.Y.’s workers’ comp surcharge highest in nation

By THOMAS ADAMS Rochester Business Journal February 23, 2012 A surcharge added to workers’ compensation costs for New York employers is nearly five times the average surcharge in other states, the Workers’ Compensation Policy Institute said this week. The state has increased the assessments by 10.4 percent and 27 percent in the last two years, …

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Mar 06

Workers’ Comp Surcharge Cost Burden to N.Y. Employers: Study

The assessment surcharge added to workers’ compensation costs for New York employers is increasingly becoming a burden for businesses, according to a new study. In New York State, the assessment surcharge is currently 20.2 percent — which is more than double that of the second most expensive state in the nation (8.9 percent in Minnesota). …

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Feb 24

13 Ways to Beat Back Pain Check out these low-cost, drug-free remedies

If a stint in the garden, or an overlong plane ride, sends your back into spasms, you’re not alone: 80 percent of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Long work hours in one position can make us …

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Feb 24

Healing Yourself After Injury, Illness, or Surgery

During the year or two after surgery or treatment for a serious medical problem, many people find they need help to feel better emotionally and physically but don’t know where to turn. In You Can Heal Yourself (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2012), Dr. Julie Silver, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School …

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Feb 24

NYC man guilty of assault in subway-train injury

NEW YORK — A man accused of shoving a woman into the side of a moving New York City subway train has been convicted of assault. Jose Rojas’ (ROH’-hahs) was acquitted Friday of attempted murder. The prosecution had alleged that Rojas walked up to victim Ute (OO’-tah) Linhart on a subway platform and pushed her …

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Feb 24

Lawmakers put changes to workers’ comp on ice, mostly

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are tinkering with the way workers’ compensation operates, but some of the more drastic proposed changes to the system have been put on the back burner, at least for now. State Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, knew she was facing an uphill battle in passing legislation designed to streamline workers’ compensation, but …

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Feb 24

Workers’ comp ‘tax’ an increasing burden

A state surcharge paid by employers to fund New York’s workers’ compensation system is the highest in the nation, putting municipalities under the new tax cap between a rock and a hard place, a new study concludes. The Workers’ Compensation Policy Institute on Wednesday announced its findings: that a surcharge paid by all employers in …

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