The Department of Labor & Industries is soliciting public feedback on draft rules for implementing parts of the workers’ compensation medical network, scheduled to launch in 2013. These rules concern injured workers’ visits to non-network providers and will spell out what L&I will pay fo...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Florida-based Bennett Electrical Services Co. for three safety violations, including one judged to be willful, following the serious injury of an employee. In the course of an inspection begun in August b...
When Leroy MacKlem lost his veterans disability compensation for an injured hip, gas cost 27 cents per gallon and Harry Truman was President. The year was 1950. He just learned, however, that he will now get all of it back. This is a case that reveals both bureaucratic incompetence on the part of ...
Many people identify Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement of 1960s, but few know that Berkeley was also a central player in the disability rights movement. Berkeley’s campus is where Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — emerged as an outspoken advocate of the cause. Peggy Klaus, a con...
In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
According to this month’s issue of the American Public Health Association journal, Medical Care, studies of occupational healthcare in Washington indicate that improving medical care for injured workers significantly decreases missed work time. The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Wickizer of Ohio...
Although the Supreme Court shot down a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart earlier this year, a group of women are continuing to pursue a lawsuit against the retail super giant using a new tactic.  The new lawsuit seeks to narrow the class of women alleging institutional discrimination to workers...
Boeing Corporation recently settled a suit by a former American Airlines worker who claimed she has suffered from multiple complications after being exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin.  Terry Williams now suffers from a range of symptoms, from memory loss to sever headaches.  What is particularly...
Insurance companies can deploy multiple “bad faith” tactics to delay, obfuscate, and muddle the workers’ compensation claims process as it unfolds between insured employers and injured workers.  One of the more common legal tactics is to bury clauses deep in workers comp contracts to create b...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled a lawsuit brought against a Wisconsin-based construction products firm.  The EEOC filed the suit against Richardson Industries of Sheboygan (working as Richco Structures) when an employee, Morgan Rae Brocker, charged that she ...