Category Archive: News

Jan 26

New Workers’ Comp Guidelines Could Impact Injured Workers in New York

Explore the nuances of the new workers’ compensation guidelines that go into effect in 2012. January 21, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Workers’ compensation laws benefit both employers and employees. Not only does workers’ comp help ensure that individuals who are injured on the job receive the compensation they deserve, it also establishes predictable liability limits for …

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Jan 23

Be Alert, People: Study Says Wearing Headphones While Walking Is Deadly

From 2004 to 2011, the number of people who have died or were injured while walking and wearing headphones rose from 16 to 47. The Guardian points us to a new U.S. study, published by Injury Prevention journal, which notes that most victims were men under the age of 30 (around 68% in both cases). …

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Jan 23

Workers’ Comp Guidelines Impacts Injured Workers

Find out in this article how the new workers’ compensation guidelines going into effect in 2012 will impact New York injured workers. Workers’ compensation laws benefit both employers and employees. Not only does workers’ comp help ensure that individuals who are injured on the job receive the compensation they deserve, it also establishes predictable liability …

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Jan 19

Workers’ comp prescription drug reform takes first step in Senate

A reform of workers’ compensation prescription drug benefits being aggressively lobbied by just about every business group in the state passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Thursday morning. But not before some heated rhetoric and testy back-and-forths that call into question the bill’s future. Lambasting doctors that upcharge insurers as much as 600 …

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Jan 19

Children in Low-Income Manhattan Neighborhoods More Likely To Be Hit By Cars

By Kate Hinds | 01/19/2012 – 5:15 pm Children under 18 account for 43% of car crash victims in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood. But just a few blocks south, in the moneyed Upper East Side, the same age group accounts for less than 15% of neighborhood car crash victims. That’s the conclusion of the new …

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Jan 19

KAPL workers push for union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Citing pay freezes and employee benefit losses, technicians and specialists at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in New York are seeking to join a union. “Under the Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, Knolls Atomic Power Lab has experienced many changes that have resulted in less efficient operations, poor morale, pay freezes …

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Jan 16

Man Denied Workers Compensation; Marijuana Led to Accident

Submitted by NORML on Jan 13, 2012 An Arkansas Court of Appeals decided to deny a workers compensation award to an employee because they say his marijuana use contributed to the explosion that burned him. Greg Prock was working for Bull Shoals Landing Marina when he and a coworker were asked to remove the tops …

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Jan 11

Practicing Safe Yoga — 5 Tips to Avoid Injuries

Can yoga wreck your body? A recent article in the New York Times argues that it can, quoting the increase of yoga-related injuries in recent years as the number of yoga practitioners has soared. Indeed, the number of yoga injuries treated in emergency rooms or doctors’ offices rose to 5,500 in 2007, according to the …

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Jan 11

NY Workers Compensation Reforms

In 2007, the New York Legislature unanimously passed sweeping reforms to the states workers compensation laws. Included among the reforms was a requirement that insurers deposit the present value of permanent partial disability awards into the New York Workers Compensation Aggregate Trust Fund. Injured workers will then be paid by the trust fund instead of …

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Jan 11

Colin Hoobler: Shoulder exercises take time to master

Dear Colin: I’m 33 years old and tired of having shoulder pain. After nine months and multiple tests (MRI, X-ray), my doctor diagnosed me with “impingement syndrome” and referred me to physical therapy. It helped a little, but the worst part is the 20 exercises I’m supposed to do at home. The PT says all …

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