Category Archive: News

Feb 22

Comp awarded when worker’s bulky brace blocks vision, causes fall

In Indiana, a subsequent injury resulting from a worker’s blocked vision due to his wearing a bulky medical device for his compensable injury can be compensable. Case name: Moorehead Electric Co., Inc. v. Payne, No. 93A02-1105-EX-457 (Ind. Ct. App. 12/29/11). Ruling: The Indiana Court of Appeals held that a worker was entitled to benefits for …

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Feb 22

Can Workers Comp. Board leave Albany?

A sharp reader pointed out a potential problem in the state’s plan to relocate the Workers Compensation Board from its offices on Park Street in Albany to 328 State Street in Schenectady: the law dictates that its “principal office” must be in Albany. Here’s the relevant section of law: § 146. Offices of the board. …

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Feb 10

Torn ACL bad news for Ballard

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Jake Ballard was hoping it wasn’t serious when he went down with a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. After the 21-17 win, he was initially encouraged to hear that the feeling was he injured his meniscus. But after undergoing an MRI, the tight end got …

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Feb 10

Cop’s worker compensation claim sparks RTM debate

The Representative Town Meeting voted by a two-thirds majority Tuesday to settle a worker’s compensation claim of about $35,000 with police Officer Michael Gudzik. That margin, however, belied many RTM members’ dissatisfaction with the processing of the claim. Gudzik filed a hypertension-related claim with the Police Department in June 2011, an application that was supposed to …

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Feb 07

Knicks F Anthony out with groin injury

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – (AP) — The New York Knicks say they expect Carmelo Anthony to miss a week or two with a strained right groin. Anthony was hurt Monday, leaving after six minutes of a 99-88 victory over Utah and continuing an injury-plagued season. Anthony has missed three games with various ankle, wrist and hand …

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Feb 07

Amaxx Details 2012 Workers Compensation Management Program Updates

Workers’  Compensation Costs Can Be Reduced by Implementing Operational Best Practices: Learn How With This New Guidebook. A company that wants to implement a new workers’ compensation program or revamp an existing system will find this book helpful. Maybe your company has recently expanded and you realize the need to train a workers’ compensation manager …

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Feb 07

Mitchell Enhances SmartAdvisor Solution for Workers’ Comp

Mitchell, a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty claims industry, announces enhancements to the  SmartAdvisor Utilization Review (UR) Decision Manager, a solution that integrates utilization review decisions within the bill review process, empowering insurance claims payers with the ability to reduce unauthorized treatment losses, improve efficiency with automated and …

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Feb 07

NFL Claims Workers’ Compensation Should Cover Players’ Head Injuries

Last August we discussed lawsuits brought by over 75 ex-football players against the National Football League. The players sought unspecified amounts of damages for head injuries sustained over the course of their careers. The players alleged that the NFL knew of the harmful effects of multiple concussions as early as the 1920s, but kept that information …

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Jan 26

Wrestling Season Has Begun – How to Avoid Injuries

Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Victor Khabie Emphasizes Prevention for Young Athletes (HealthNewsDigest.com) – Carmel, NY, – Wrestling as a sport can be traced back to the ancient Olympics and has been practiced throughout the world in many forms and styles ever since. Today, wrestling is offered at various levels, from youth wrestling in middle school …

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Jan 26

Workers Compensation – The Basics

If you have employees, then you have Workers Compensation[i] (work comp). It is one of the most basic forms of insurance a company has yet often comes with the most questions from my clients. There are a lot of misconceptions with Work Comp that lead to a lot of poorly managed programs. Over the next …

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