Category Archive: News

Nov 15

Workers comp rates to increase 12 Percent

It didn’t take very long for the Department of Labor and Industries to calculate 2011’s workers’ compensation rates. You may remember the imbroglio that ensued after L&I declined to issue its proposed 2011 rates due to the changes that Initiative 1082 may impose (calculating premiums based on employee payroll, as opposed to hours worked). But …

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Nov 15

Slip and Fall? What Now? What do you do, legally, if you are subject to the defects of someone else’s property?

Premises liability is a broad area of the law that involves a person being injured or harmed in some way due to a defect that exists on a property. Examples of premises liability cases include slips and falls, or trips and falls, due to snow and ice; a slippery surface; a defect such as a  …

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Nov 15

PCI Raises Concerns that Work Comp Fee Schedule Changes Could Lead to Higher Costs for Auto Insurance

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 8 — The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America issued the following news release: In a letter to the New York State Workers Compensation Board, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) expressed concern that proposed changes to the workers compensation medical, podiatry and chiropractic fee schedule could have unintended negative …

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Nov 08

Knee injuries in female athletes reaching ‘astronomical’ levels

More women and girls than ever are year-round, multisport athletes, leading to overuse injuries that have reached astronomical levels. More than 20,000 high school girls suffer a serious sports-related knee injury each year in the United States, according to the Chicago-based Children’s Memorial Institute for Sports Medicine. Girls are up to seven times more likely …

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Nov 08

Carlos Boozer has cast removed

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer got his cast removed on Tuesday and is excited about finally being able to start the rehab process. ESPNChicago.com Bulls blog The latest news from Bulls reporter Nick Friedell. Blog “A great step in the right direction,” Boozer said after Wednesday’s practice. “I got the pins out …

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Nov 08

FDA approves Cymbalta for treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain

FDA clears Cymbalta to treat chronic musculoskeletal painIndications include osteoarthritis, chronic lower back pain The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain, including discomfort from osteoarthritis and chronic lower back pain. Cymbalta was first used to treat major depressive disorder in 2004. “Up to three quarters of …

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Nov 08

Deadline looms for 9/11 rescue workers’ compensation

NEW YORK — Thousands of rescue workers sickened after the September 11 attacks in New York have until the end of Monday to accept a settlement that could near 800 million dollars. A settlement on Friday saw a subgroup of workers compensated 28 million dollars for exposure to debris removed and transferred from Ground Zero …

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Nov 01

Slip and Fall Incidents often Unreported as Pain is not Immediately Noticeable Seed Newsvine

Tripping and falling might seem like just another hump in the day. But over the course of the next week or so, it may manifest as a much more serious injury. Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2010 — “Who hasn’t fallen at one time or another, picked themselves up, dusted off their hands …

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Nov 01

Tribunal rules against age-related reduction of workers’ compensation

In a decision that may ultimately have implications around the country, a workers’ compensation tribunal in Quebec has ruled that reducing injured workers’ income replacement benefits at age 65 offends both provincial and federal human rights legislation. “It’s an important decision,” said Marianne Plamondon, a lawyer with Ogilvy Renault LLP in Montreal. “Our whole system …

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Nov 01

Victory man sentenced to prison for selling father’s pain medicine

BALLSTON SPA — A 34-year-old man from Victory was sentenced on Friday to serve 2 years in state prison for selling a narcotic pain medicine that was prescribed for his father’s cancer treatment.James Slingerland, of 51 Herkimer St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance on Aug. 31. Slingerland stole the …

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