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VIAW Newswire 03.05.14

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

Report: California’s cost for state workers’ pay to increase $500 million next year

In a far-ranging assessment of how much California pays its help, a nonpartisan report on Tuesday said the state government will spend a half-billion dollars more on employee compensation next year, but most workers’ take-home wages will continue to lag behind inflation.


CA DWC Posts Adjustment OMFS Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes

he Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an adjustment to the inpatient hospital section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system DRG relative weights, as required by Labor Code section 5307.1. The effective date of the changes is March 15, 2014.


Little Used Federal Laws Give Employer Disability Management Control

Employers interact with employee disability through a number of laws. Until now, there has been little attention focused on how to coordinate statutory compliance to achieve better overall results. Workers compensation, in particular, has operated with little or no coordination with other laws.


Michael Weinper: The Goldilocks Syndrome: How Much PT is Just Right for an Injured Worker?

If Goldilocks were to go in search of the “just right” fit for managing a workers’ compensation claim, one of the first options she would try on for size would be physical therapy. With most injuries involving musculoskeletal problems, and back pain being one of the most common claims, PT is often used as part of the care plan for recovery.

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VIAW Newswire 03.03.14

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

Facebook Pictures’ Use Evolving in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Today’s post comes from guest author Brody Ockander, from Rehm, Bennett & Moore. We routinely advise our clients to be aware of the possible discovery of Facebook and other social media sites. First step – check your privacy settings. If you do not control your privacy settings, your employer or the insurance carrier may easily access your posts. Also, do not post comments about your case, your employer, or your injury online.


New York City Council Expands Paid Sick Days to More Than 350,000 Workers

The New York City Council overwheelmingly voted to expand a law requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick days, giving more than 350,000 new workers the power to stay home when they are sick and not endanger themselves or customers who patronize the businesses they work for. The legislation, which passed on a 46–5 vote, is expected to be signed by new Mayor Bill de Blasio. Current law requires paid sick days to be offered to workers at businesses with 15 workers or more.


Cal/OSHA investigating chlorine gas leak at K2 Pure Solutions that sent worker to hospital

State officials are investigating an industrial accident at K2 Pure Solutions involving the release of a small amount of chlorine gas that sent a worker from another company to the hospital a few weeks ago. It’s the second time in three months there has been a release of chlorine gas at the site.

Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into Menzies Ramp Agent’s Death

State workplace safety inspectors have opened an investigation into the death of a baggage worker at Los Angeles International Airport despite an initial report indicating he had a heart attack. Based on that report, Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said an inspection was not initially planned into the death Friday of Cesar Valenzuela, 51.


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VIAW Newswire 02.28.14

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

Owner of former Pacific Hospital pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud charges

The former owner of a Long Beach hospital, whom prosecutors allege paid bribes to state Sen. Ron Calderon, pleaded guilty Friday to charges connected to a massive workers’ compensation scheme that cheated taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Thoughts and impressions regarding the workers’ compensation industry throughout the United States including all state systems.

There’s good news coming out of the Drobot/Pacific Hospital/Calderon drama – the possibility that the doctors who were on the dole will also face prosecution. Michael D. Drobot’s plea agreement requires him to cooperate fully with federal, state and local prosecutors by testifying at trials and grand jury proceedings and providing documents, records and other evidence requested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Worker injured while performing work in manhole on South Side

A man was taken to a hospital in serious-to-critical condition after he became unconscious while working on electrical cables underground at at a construction site this afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood.,0,2143777.story


Settlement Remorse After Worker’s Compensation Loss

South Carolinians allegedly exposed to asbestos say in court that they cannot collect worker’s compensation because of the Motley Rice law firm’s mishandling of their third-party claims. Odell Parker leads the county court class action on behalf of South Carolina residents who have suffered physical injuries as a result of exposure to materials containing asbestos during the course of their employment.

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VIAW Newswire 02.26.14

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

California Senator Pleads Not Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

State Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing legislation, charges that could send him to federal prison for years. Calderon, a member of a powerful Democratic political dynasty, stood before U.S. District Judge Suzanne Segal with his handcuffed hands clasped in front of him and entered pleas to 24 counts involving various forms of fraud along with conspiracy, money laundering and aiding the filing of false tax returns.


How optimism may positively impact health

Sometimes, attitude is everything. According to The Atlantic, researchers have found having a positive outlook may be enough to help workers reach their personal and professional goals, as well as improve their health. Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, examined 750 Vietnam war veterans who had been prisoners of war for many years. He found those who were optimistic about their lives were least likely to develop depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, The Atlantic reported.


Why did D.C. let a disbarred lawyer serve as a workers’ comp judge?

More than seven years after she slipped and fell at work, Pattie Crawford and National Rehabilitation Hospital were still embroiled in a dispute over her injury claim. Crawford had injured her wrist and thumb in her February 2006 tumble, and according to Anand K. Verma, an administrative law judge with the D.C. Department of Employment Services, she was entitled to surgery on both, at the hospital’s expense. Appeals ensued. Overruled, repeatedly, and instructed to re-hear the case, Verma each time would issue a decision similar to his last one, sometimes injecting his opinions on medical issues.


Ohio Man Ordered to Repay Nearly $60K in Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

A Monroe (Butler County) man was ordered to repay nearly $60,000 in workers’ compensation death benefits. Adam Osterman pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

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