Monthly Archives: March 2015

In medical news:

The CDC is focusing the majority of its $6.2 billion 2016 budget on emergent domestic issues, including opioid abuse.

In national news:

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the workers’ comp system.

In research news:

In a new report, The Hartford and disability experts at the University of Kansas found that 80 percent of people with disabilities achieved their career goals at an acceptable level or higher when they had individualized support from employers.

OSHA Indicts “Adding Inequality to Injury” with “Failures” of State Comp Systems

Released nearly concurrently with the deeply critical “Demolition of Workers’ Comp” ProPublica/NPR report, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a special report entitled “Adding Inequality to Injury: the Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job.” Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local attorneys on both the claimant and carrier/employer side to get their thoughts about the “failures” of reform and the “roadblocks” OSHA identifies.

In further safety news:

Texas had the greatest number of work zone vehicular crashes by far last year, according to Texas Department of Transportation data released yesterday.

In neighboring news:

A joint Texas Tribune/Houston Chronicle investigation assesses the tenth anniversary of the fiery explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 workers in 2005 and injured about 180 others in the surrounding area.

Wilson v. Broadmoor Decision from Louisiana Fifth Circuit Launches Discussion on “Competent” Medical Opinions and the Role of UR

A decision out of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal (Gretna) held last week that the workers’ comp judge was correct in determining that a report authored by a UR physician who is not licensed in Louisiana is not “competent evidence.” We spoke to Greg Unger, the attorney representing the claimant, plus several other local comp experts, to get their take on the case.

In medical news:

New research in the Journal of Clinical Psychology has found that for every dollar spent on treating depression, almost five dollars is spent on the treatment and workplace costs of related medical conditions.