Posted on Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 at 10:47 amThe American College of Physicians has released new clinical guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. The guidelines continue the shift toward conservative approaches to treating back pain as being most effective for patients.
Posted on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 8:52 amIn October, the Department of Labor released a report that is highly critical of the state worker's compensations systems. This article is the second of two and focuses on the DOL's recommendations and big picture context of the report, particularly in Wisconsin.
Posted on Mon Dec 19th, 2016 at 9:25 amIn October, the Department of Labor released a report that is highly critical of the state worker's compensations systems. This article is the first of two and focuses on the DOL's findings, particularly in light of the 1972 National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws.
Posted on Fri Nov 11th, 2016 at 8:31 amAnecdotally, people within the worker's compensation community feel there has been a change in LIRC decisions lately. Statistics from LIRC do suggest that there have been some notable changes in decision patterns over the last few years. While the trend of the changes may be as expected, the extent of the shift is surprising.
Posted on Thu Nov 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 amThe spring of 2016 brought three notable changes to the Worker's Compensation Act, including apportionment of permanent partial disability and new exceptions to the Brakebush line of cases. The third change of note is a statutory revision impacting the treatment of benefits payable when an injury is the result of a violation of an employer's drug and alcohol policy.
Posted on Thu Oct 27th, 2016 at 2:50 pmIn March 2016 several new provisions in the Worker's Compensation Act took effect, including changes to calculation of permanent partial disability. Another notable change for 2016 is a statutory revision that affects the carrier's liability for temporary disability in certain cases where the employee has been terminated or suspended.
Posted on Wed Oct 26th, 2016 at 4:14 pmChanges in the Worker's Compensation Act became effective in March of this year, including three notable changes to the Act. One of these changes is in the handling of permanent partial disability, particularly as relates to claims that involve a previous history of similar medical problems.