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

House Bill 18 Postponed

by Karl Voigt "Formulary." If House Bill 18 passes and you're a workers' compensation recipient, that's a word you're going to have to get used to. And likely another word: "NO". This new legislation is intended to reduce costs for insurance companies by limiting the types of drugs that doctors can prescribe for you. Which … Continue reading House Bill 18 Postponed

When Do You Need an Attorney for Workers’ Compensation?

by Karl Voigt When do you need an attorney for Workers' Compensation? For those of you who read my posts on Avvo.com, you know that I am by no means a salesman for lawyers. I often encourage Workers' Compensation claimants to stick it out, and not enter into a fee agreement with a Workers' Compensation … Continue reading When Do You Need an Attorney for Workers’ Compensation?

Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation

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

Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana

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

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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

What are the first things to do if you get hurt at work?

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?

Should I Get a Lawyer for My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Karl answered this Pennsylvania workers’ compensation question on Avvo.com: “Should I get a lawyer for my workers compensation claim? I separated my ac joint in my right shoulder in may of 2013. As a result I have a brachial plexus injury to the nerves in my shoulder. I have been out on workers comp for … Continue reading Should I Get a Lawyer for My Workers’ Compensation Claim?