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January 2012 Archives

No work comp benefits for carjacking injuries

There is no question that a strong workers' compensation defense requires an assertive, even aggressive approach. When evaluating a work comp claim, attorneys must be prepared to examine every aspect of the alleged accident, including dissecting the medical file and deciphering how the accident occurred. Such an approach can ultimately help save employers both time and money.

Medical experts recommending unorthodox back pain treatment

As an employer, you are likely familiar with the litany of work injuries that commonly befall your employees, including wrist injuries, foot sprains and, the most common of all, back pain.

Study: Costs of work injuries, illnesses far exceed those of deadly diseases

A recently released study sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and performed by a University of California-Davis public health science professor has made headlines in legal circles for its rather startling revelations concerning the true costs of work injuries and illnesses.

Work comp rates go up 2.8 percent in 2012

Recent reports in the area of workers' compensation defense law reveal a good news/bad scenario for California employers. The bad news? The cost of work comp premiums is going to rise in 2012. The good news? The amount of this rate increase is relatively minor.

Combating repetitive stress injuries - II

Employers here in California, and across the nation know full well the toll that repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can have on a bottom line. They also know that RSIs not only affect productivity, but can also result in widespread absenteeism and increased workers' compensation defense costs.

Combating repetitive stress injuries

Employers here in California, and across the nation know full well the toll that repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can have on a bottom line. They also know that RSIs not only affect productivity, but can also result in widespread absenteeism and increased workers' compensation defense costs.

Report shows firefighter fatalities declined in 2011

There is little dispute that firefighters have one of the most dangerous professions in all of America. From battling towering wildfires and intense house fires to helping rescue people trapped in car accidents along busy expressways, these heroic men and women are susceptible to all kinds of serious and even fatal work injuries.

Update: Another U.S. Postal employee facing work comp fraud charges

It is extremely important for all employers -- regardless of size or sector -- to remain hyper-vigilant when it comes to potentially fraudulent and frivolous work comp claims. In particular, one type of employee fraud that employers should constantly be on the lookout for is misrepresentations by an employee concerning the severity or symptoms of their work injury.

New task force to crack down on California work comp fraud

Multiple government agencies in the state of California are officially joining forces to crack down on the so-called "underground economy," meaning both uninsured employers, and those employers who abuse state employment and work comp laws.

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