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VIAW Newswire 11.21.12

Posted on 21 November 2012 by admin

The Many Benefits of Paid Family and Medical Leave

American workers and their families no longer look the way they did in the 1960s. Women’s participation in the labor force has been steadily growing over time, and women now make up about half of all workers.

http://tinyurl.com/cyjx5hn

AMA Impairment Ratings Often Unfavorable to Workers in Illinois

Most people have probably never heard of the American Medical Association’s impairment ratings. As part of the Illinois workers’ compensation reforms of 2011, these ratings are now used by physicians and considered by courts and arbitrators when evaluating workers’ compensation claims.

http://tinyurl.com/c7ergo9

Workers’ Compensation Changes Not Only in CA:

Proposed Medical Treatment Guidelines Implemented

In December 2010, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board implemented a program of medical treatment guidelines (MTG) that fundamentally changed the delivery of health care to injured workers. The MTG program included four comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of injuries and illnesses involving the neck, back, shoulder and knee, with associated new processes for the implementation of the guidelines.

http://tinyurl.com/a7run93

Annals of Compensability: These Boots Ain’t for Walking

John Pearson was diagnosed in his mid-20’s with diabetes and was insulin dependent.

http://tinyurl.com/a3nbxl9

Accuracy isn’t priority as VA battles disability claims backlog

U.S. Navy cook Hosea Roundtree watched the 1983 shelling of Beirut from the deck of a ship, feelings of helplessness washing over him as people perished onshore.

http://tinyurl.com/b72loeu

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