Texas: A pilot return-to-work program, adopted as part of comprehensive workers compensation reforms that took place in 2005, has now been made permanent. The program, which was designed to promote early and sustained return to the workplace after a work-related injury, reimburses an employer with less than 50 employees for expenses incurred in making workplace modifications so that the injured employee can return to the work. Maximum reimbursements, which under the pilot program were $2,500, have been raised to $5,000. Insurers are required to inform policyholders of the existence of the program. … [Read more...] about Workers Comp Turns 100
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Scenario 1: You are on the company softball team. During the last game, you are just about to run for home base when the batter’s ball strikes you in the head, knocking you out. You develop a subdural hematoma and have to have emergency surgery. Does Workers’ Comp cover you? … [Read more...] about Workers’ Comp and Company Events—Are You Covered?
The fee schedule was intended to protect unsophisticated litigants. Despite those good intentions, the court said, many attorneys are economically unable or unwilling to take on injured workers’ cases. The schedule limits not only the quantity of workers’ comp lawyers, it also limits their quality, the court said. … [Read more...] about Utah Supreme Court strikes down attorney fee schedule in workers’ comp cases
When an injury occurs on the job, you are usually covered under the workers’ compensation insurance policy paid for by your employer. You are also typically required to visit a physician selected by the insurance company to assess your condition and get treatment. But what if you don’t agree with the doctor’s assessment or treatment plan? Can you go somewhere else for a second opinion? In New Jersey, the answer is almost always “No.” You can request it, but are not “entitled” to get it. The insurance company has the right to decide whether or not a second opinion is warranted. … [Read more...] about Think You Are Entitled to a Second Opinion Under New Jersey Workers’ Comp? Think Again.
Finally, Hubbs cautioned that many employers should be more cognizant of the risks of telecommuting. While working remotely is certainly nothing new, it is continuing to grow, especially after President Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act requiring government agencies to establish policies for working outside the office. These arrangements can severely complicate workers comp questions, however, as the lines blur surrounding whether an accident that occurs in the home is compensable and whether an employee is on or off the clock at any given time. To mitigate some of these risks, he recommended that employers: … [Read more...] about New in Workers Comp: “Lifestyle Risk” and the Dangers of Telecommuting