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High treatment costs for New Jersey work comp injuries

According to a study recently published by privately owned think-tank Workers' Compensation Research Institute, nearly two-thirds of states studied have a substantial disparity between what employer-provided private health insurance and workers' compensation insurance pay for the same medical procedures. The study examined comprehensive medical records from the 16 states that make up more than 60 percent of the country's annual paid workers' compensation medical care benefits.

Weakening workers' compensation laws benefits few

Workers' compensation laws are designed to ensure that injured workers receive some compensation for their injuries and during their recovery. Because many injured workers are out of work for week or months, they would otherwise need to go without income and be unable to provide for their families. Employers are always attempting to lower their costs and increase their profits.

NJ survivors to get lifetime workers' compensation benefits

A few weeks ago, we discussed a workers' compensation bill that was being considered by the legislature. That bill, S-1469 would allow the surviving spouses of firefighters and police officers who had died in the line of duty to receive workers' compensation, even after they had remarried. Some communities were concerned that the bill could cost them a great deal of additional resources to provide the expanded workers' compensation benefits to these spouses.

Its summer, OSHA warns of the dangers of heat

With summer here, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is again emphasizing the dangers of the summer heat for any workers who are exposed to high heat and humidity. While heat may affect workers in the South, OSHA's heat fatality map indicates at least three workers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have died due to heat stroke in the last four years.

spouse's workers' compensation benefits could double costs

A bill has passed the New Jersey Legislature and could become law pending Governor Chris Christie's signature that would extend workers' compensation benefits to widows or widowers of police and emergency personnel. Given the financial conditions of many municipalities, there is concern on the economic impact such an extension would cause for many of these municipalities

OSHA to extend deadline for crane operation certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. While OSHA had issued a final standard for cranes and derricks in construction work in 2010, which would have required compliance with the certification standard by November of 2014, many in the industry have raised questions regarding the qualification/certification requirements.

Workers’ compensation for New Jersey emergency personnel

One would think that a first responder injured or sickened at the workplace would not have to face obstacles when it comes to receiving benefits after being exposed to hazardous materials. However, in New Jersey emergency responders still need to provide proof that diseases they suffer have resulted from some hazardous event.

Will your doctor be consulting an algorithm on your workers' compensation claim?

On the job, injuries that result in workers' compensation claims often are painful. Back injuries, falls and broken bones typically leave workers with potentially long-lasting pain control needs. At the same time, insurers are becoming increasingly vigilant over claims that become what they consider as too expensive. While this is frequently couched in terms of concern over workers health and as a way of preventing prescription drug addictions from developing, it is as much a way of controlling the increasing costs of workers' compensation claims.

Counterfeit workers' compensation insurance scheme uncovered

Workers' compensation insurance is designed to promote two agendas. It allows injured workers to quickly obtain compensation for injuries that occur on the job, without needing to resort to the often slow and time consuming personal injury process. This ensures they receive the medical treatment they need in a timely manner and helps them return to work sooner.

OSHA issues citations for fall involving worker who suffered broken neck

Another New Jersey roofing company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations involving fall hazards, including one incident where a roofer fell and suffered a broken neck in October 2012. The Ridgefield, New Jersey based roofing company was charged with six violations at a job site in Moonachie.

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