by Karl Voigt Insurance medical examinations (IMEs) are a tool used by workers' compensation carriers to control costs. Whether a claimant has been receiving benefits or is just attempting to obtain them, the carrier has a statutory right to send them for an examination with a doctor of its choice. These exams - if they … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Medical Examinations
by Karl Voigt If marijuana law is a particularly dynamic field of practice, then marijuana law as it pertains to Workers' Compensation law is even moreso mutable. We have all seen news coverage of individual states trying to get a handle on changing legal standards with respect to marijuana growing, sales, and use. Only now … Continue reading Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation
by Karl Voigt In short, BU08028 is a new research drug that provides the pain relief of opiates, without their addictive effects. Trials of the drug have been conducted on rhesus monkeys with success that — it is hoped — will translate to humans. The trials, conducted at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, demonstrated … Continue reading What is BU08028 and What Does it Mean to Chronic Pain Sufferers?
by Karl Voigt This April, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 16 of 2016 (the Medical Marijuana Program),which will enable patients with serious medical conditions to purchase marijuana to treat their symptoms. This is viewed as a conservative approach to the legalization of marijuana in certain circumstances, not a wholesale and liberal distribution of medical marijuana … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana
by Karl Voigt Injured workers: Pennsylvania Republicans want a loan...from you! On June 29, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a $31.6 billion budget. The legislature is even today, Sunday, meeting to work out the details. Somewhat shortsightedly, they have yet to figure out exactly how to fund their new budget. One idea tossed out by Republican … Continue reading Injured workers: Pennsylvania Republicans want a loan…from you!
by Karl Voigt You may have seen in the news, or perhaps even here, that the Center for Disease Control has published new Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. This is seemingly in response to not just the addictive nature of opioids, but also the quadrupling of deaths from prescription opioid overdose over the … Continue reading CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
by Karl Voigt Pennsylvania's Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2016 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 $978 from the 2015 average of $951. This increase affects the weekly rates paid to … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2016 Average Weekly Wage
by Karl Voigt In a late-breaking development, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has severely limited the use of Impairment Rating Evaluations by insurance companies. This ruling may affect ongoing Workers' Compensation claims, as well as those that have been affected in past years. Workers' Compensation insurance companies have, since 1996, have the ability to subject an … Continue reading PA Appellate Court Curbs Workers’ Compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations
by Karl Voigt Karl just answered this Pennsylvania workers’ compensation question on Avvo.com: "I was at work and fell at customer site. I tripped and fell on rebar and 2 inch wide bolts sticking out the ground. I bruised my left forearm, cut open my right hand and rehurt my old shoulder injury. Hurt … Continue reading What are the first things to do if you get hurt at work?
by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania legislature is once again attempting to amend the Commonwealth's Workers' Compensation Act, this time in the form of House Bill 916, which aims to extend insured status to emergency management volunteers. As a matter of public policy, the Act has long extended insurance coverage to volunteer firefighters, volunteer ambulance corps, … Continue reading Pennsylvania H.B. 916 Would Extend WC Coverage to Emergency Management Volunteers