Tesla: Environment Friendly But Not So Injured Worker Friendly

by Karl Voigt An industrial laborer fractures his ankle on an assembly line. He goes to his employer's infirmary, receives some perfunctory first aid and is immediately sent back to work full duty, unable to even stand on his injured foot. Which in turn increases the likelihood of further injury - not just to him … Continue reading Tesla: Environment Friendly But Not So Injured Worker Friendly

Governor Wolf Signs Workers’ Compensation Bill – Act 111

by Karl Voigt Yesterday, October 24, Governor Tom Wolf, signed into law as Act 111 a bill that resurrects impairment ratings for injured workers in Pennsylvania. Impairment rating evaluations (IREs) allow insurance companies to subject an injured worker to a medical exam after receiving benefits for 104 weeks. The stricken 1996 law, if the worker … Continue reading Governor Wolf Signs Workers’ Compensation Bill – Act 111

Governor Wolf Introduces Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Workers’ Compensation Patients

by Karl Voigt This week, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf launched opioid prescribing guidelines for workers' compensation claimants, citing the opioid epidemic as its impeller. The Governor stated that Pennsylvania ranks third highest in the nation in the percentage of injured workers who become long-term opioid users. To counter that trend, these guidelines, which are not intended … Continue reading Governor Wolf Introduces Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Workers’ Compensation Patients

New Workers’ Comp Bill from Legislature in Light of Governor Wolf’s Veto of Their Last Effort

by Karl Voigt April of this year saw Governor Wolf's veto of Senate Bill 936, which called for a drug formulary for treatment of injured workers. This was a victory for injured workers. Advocates of the formulary claimed that it would have addressed the opioid epidemic and the high cost of compound creams. Opponents maintained … Continue reading New Workers’ Comp Bill from Legislature in Light of Governor Wolf’s Veto of Their Last Effort

Yet Another Workers’ Compensation Act Proposed in PA Senate

by Karl Voigt Yet another piece of proposed legislation is circulating in the Pennsylvania legislature. Senate Bill 1052 proposes that older occupational disease cases - with symptoms that may take years to manifest - be limited to the Workers’ Compensation system. As an example, asbestosis and mesothelioma cases would be brought back before Workers’ Compensation … Continue reading Yet Another Workers’ Compensation Act Proposed in PA Senate

Workers’ Compensation Senate Bill 936: Trojan Horse Legislation

Update: this bill is up for vote on Monday, February 5, 2018 by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania Senate is promoting new legislation that poses as a solution to the opioid crisis, but in reality seeks to control and any all medications prescribed by doctors. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 936 proposes that workers' compensation medications be limited … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation Senate Bill 936: Trojan Horse Legislation

Pennsylvania Announces 2018 Average Weekly Wage

by Karl VoigtPennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2018 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased to $1025 from the 2017 average of $995. This increase affects the weekly rates paid to … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2018 Average Weekly Wage

FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse

by Karl Voigt Patients who are taking the pain medication Opana are now facing its manufacturer's withdrawal of the medication from the market. Earler this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that Opana ER "exposes patients and other users to the risks of opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to … Continue reading FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse

House Bill 1840 Seeks to Resurrect Workers’ Compensation IREs

by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania legislature has exerted its first effort to resurrect Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs). These evaluations for years served to limit worker’s compensation wage loss benefits to 604 weeks, potentially leaving disabled workers with no source of income. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that IREs as enacted are unconstitutional. … Continue reading House Bill 1840 Seeks to Resurrect Workers’ Compensation IREs

New Hope to Replace Opioid Painkillers with Safer Alternative

by Karl Voigt Researcher led by scientists from The University of Texas have revealed the results of their extensive research into a new pain medication that may provide an alternative to addictive opioids. You may have read on this blog how researchers have focused on the sigma-1 nerve receptor protein in developing opioid pain alternatives. … Continue reading New Hope to Replace Opioid Painkillers with Safer Alternative