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Workers’ Compensation Eyes Telemedicine As Treatment Option

Cost savings, better access to care, immediate triaging of injuries and faster claims closings are just some of the benefits of telemedicine, according to workers’ compensation experts, who also say its use is growing. Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than …

WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

New Mexico Bill Would Reduce Benefits If Workers Are High

A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce workers’ compensation in cases when an employee’s death or injury results from being drunk or high on the job. Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan said being under the influence …

Montana Jury Awards $4.3M in Train Crash Lawsuit

A Cascade County, Mont. jury has awarded $4.3 million in damages to a BNSF Railway employee who was injured in a July 2011 train collision caused by a switching error. The Great Falls Tribune reported conductor Michael Schnittgen was injured …

St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers

A worker at a St. Louis truck terminal was in critical condition on Aug. 8 after a propane tank explosion that injured him and five co-workers. The explosion happened the previous night at a trucking terminal near downtown operated by …

Delays in Thousands of Oklahoma Worker Comp Cases From Court Move

Hearings for thousands of injured workers will be delayed this month while the state’s workers compensation system is split into two agencies – each with its own staff, offices and equipment. Scheduled hearings in the system’s Tulsa and Oklahoma City …

California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms

A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services …

Costs per Claim of Medical Care for Injured Workers in Indiana High, Rising

The costs per claim of medical care to treat injured workers in Indiana were higher than most states and growing rapidly, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, Benchmarks for Indiana, CompScope 14th …

Lien Fees Working Out in California Workers’ Comp

Jason Molnar makes a living deep in the trenches of workers’ compensation battles in California, so you’d think when there was a no show from an opponent at an official lien hearing that he’d be relieved by what should have …

4 Workers Hurt in Texas A&M Construction Accident

Four workers were hurt, three critically, after a barn frame collapsed on June 22 at an $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex that’s under construction. The collapse happened on university property about a mile from the main campus, Texas …