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  • Are Some Florida Workers’ Comp Judges Bending to the Political Winds on Fees?

    March 11, 2024 Attorney fees in Florida workers’ compensation cases seem to be part of a story that will never end, and a state appeals court has added new life to the story with decisions that give support to both sides of the divide. In one long-awaited ruling, the 1st District Court of Appeals struck down a compensation judge’s decision that had slashed a claimant’s lawyer’s $805,000 fee by 90%. But other opinions by the same court last week dismissed requests to bar another comp judge from future cases because of his stinging excoriation of plaintiffs’ attorneys who had accepted large fees. Claimants’ lawyers said the cases highlight an apparent trend among some comp judges to knock down large fees – in keeping with the pro-business, pro-insurance-company political winds blowing through the state. Read More

  • Stay Compliant with Respiratory Protection: Pro-tips to keep your employees breathing safe air — April 10, 2024

    You already know that respiratory hazards associated with industrial hygiene (IH) can be complicated and time-consuming. Stop struggling and join our subject matter experts for an in-depth discussion about common respiratory protection issues and topics affecting both General Industry and Construction workplaces. We'll cover the details and complexities of these general respiratory protection topics: • OSHA and Industrial Hygiene • Workplace Analysis, • Recognizing and Controlling Hazards, • Examples of Job Hazards, • Air Contaminants, • Chemical Hazards, • Biological Hazards, • Physical Hazards, and • Environmental Hazards. The last 15 minutes will be saved to answer your questions. Register today and make your next IH sampling or monitoring less painful and more accurate! Event type:     Live Webinar          Cost:            Free Date:                April 10, 2024          Time:           11:00 AM ET Event Host:    JJ Keller                     Duration:    1 hour Click here to Register

  • Creating a Visual Workplace — April 10, 2024

    Visual workplaces convey critical information through labels and signs strategically positioned at points of need. Through combinations of text, color and graphics, these easy-to-understand identifiers help improve safety and eliminate costly downtime spent searching, asking or waiting for information. Take the first steps to transforming your facility into a visual workplace with the experts at Brady. Get a peek at the proof points behind the practice, learn from real-world applications and find out how to get started creating your own safety-driving, cost-saving workplace visuals. Event type:     Live Webinar          Cost:            Free Date:                April 10, 2024          Time:           2:00 PM ET Event Host:    OH&S                         Duration:   1 hour Click here to Register

  • When Employees Don’t Follow the Safety Rules — April 10, 2024

    As an employer, or even a fellow employee, have you ever seen or witnessed someone not following safety rules? How did it make you feel? Frustrated? Upset? Indifferent? It’s important, as the employer, to understand the root cause of why the employee may not be listening to your company safety and health policies. Some common misconceptions that people have are that it won’t ever happen to them or they will never have an accident. Getting ahead of that mindset and addressing the behavior is key to a successful safety culture. We’ll discuss: Why employees aren’t abiding by company safety and health policies How employers can help protect themselves against OSHA citations due to employee negligence Action steps to take to prevent employee misconduct when it comes to their safety and health Event type:     Live Webinar                      Cost:            Free Date:                April 10, 2024                      Time:           2:00 PM ET Event Host:    Lancaster Safety                Duration:   1 hour Click here to Register

  • When Working From Home, Trip Over Dog Not a Workers' Comp Injury

    March 6, 2024 A Florida court has ruled an employee working from home who was hurt when she tripped over her dog while reaching for a coffee cup in her kitchen was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits because her injury did not “arise” out of her employment. The Case Tammitha Valcourt-Williams, a workers’ compensation claims adjuster for Sedgwick CMS, was allowed to work from her home. According to Valcourt-Williams, after working for three hours, she went downstairs for a cappuccino. As she reached for her cup, Valcourt-Williams said she fell over one of her two dogs and injured her knee, hip and shoulder.Because she had a work-from-home arrangement and because her fall occurred during working hours, Valcourt- Williams sought workers’ compensation benefits. Sedgwick denied the claim, contending Valcourt-Williams’ injuries did not arise out of her employment. Read More

  • Psychosocial factors can impede workers’ lower-back recovery: WCRI

    March 6, 2024 BOSTON – Psychosocial factors can hamper recovery from lower-back pain and be a stronger cost driver than some catastrophic injuries, analysts with the Workers Compensation Research Institute said Tuesday. These risk factors, which include fear of pain due to activity, negative coping, job dissatisfaction, perceived injustice and stressful work, as well as family and support system issues, can negatively affect recovery time for workers comp claimants dealing with lower back injuries, researchers said during a panel discussion at the 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference. Researchers found a strong association between psychosocial risk factors and a longer duration of functional recovery after physical therapy care. Read More

  • Study shows lag in physical therapy continues in comp

    March 5, 2024 The time between injury and physical therapy for workers in the workers compensation system continues to stall, according to a trends report released by MedRisk LLC. Using 10 years of data on coordinated care, comp services company MedRisk examined the lag time between injury and an injured worker’s first physical therapy appointment. It found that in 2013 26.2% of injured workers in need of therapy were seen within seven days. In 2013, that time increased by two percentage points to 28.2%. The so-called “speed-to-care” timing improved 28 days post-injury, with 60.7% of patients in 2023 receiving care by that time. In 2013, 60.7% of injured workers saw a physical therapist in that time frame. MedRisk said in its report that decreasing the time for appointments would provide better outcomes for injured workers. Read More

  • Study shows lag in physical therapy continues in comp

    The time between injury and physical therapy for workers in the workers compensation system continues to stall, according to a trends report released by MedRisk LLC. Using 10 years of data on coordinated care, comp services company MedRisk examined the lag time between injury and an injured worker’s first physical therapy appointment. It found that in 2013 26.2% of injured workers in need of therapy were seen within seven days. In 2013, that time increased by two percentage points to 28.2%. The so-called “speed-to-care” timing improved 28 days post-injury, with 60.7% of patients in 2023 receiving care by that time. In 2013, 60.7% of injured workers saw a physical therapist in that time frame. MedRisk said in its report that decreasing the time for appointments would provide better outcomes for injured workers. Read More

  • OSHA Workplace Safety Inspections: What You Need to Know! — April 4, 2024

    If an OSHA inspector knocks on your door to conduct a safety inspection, would you know why? Or how you could have prevented it? During this information-packed webcast you’ll discover: How to know is you're at risk for an inspection What the OSHA inspector wants to know What to expect during the inspection How to help with inspection go smoothly What your company's rights are How to deal with citations How to prevent an inspection in the first place Be sure to bring your questions to have them answered during the live Q&A session! Event type:      Live Webinar           Cost:            Free Date:                April 4, 2024             Time:           2:00 PM ET Event Host:     EHS Today                 Duration:    1 hour Click here to Register

  • Fall Protection Common Mistakes and How to Prevent Them — April 4, 2024

    Each year OSHA releases its top 10 most cited standards and fall protection issues claim four of the top spots! Fall Protection: General Requirements at #1 Ladders at #3 Scaffolding at #4, and Fall Protection – Training Requirements is #8 According to OSHA, Fall Protection also had the most serious violations and most willful violations. Join us as we identify the common mistakes in these areas and discuss ways to prevent them so you can avoid a possible citation – but more importantly maintain a safe workplace. Event type:     Live Webinar           Cost:            Free Date:                April 4, 2024             Time:          1:00 PM ET Event Host:    SafeX                          Duration:   1 hour Click here to Register

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