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Injured Worker Entitled to Benefits for Related Mental Illness: Court

August 28, 2012
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A trial court ruled that along with benefits for his physical injuries, Stephen Vowell was entitled to medical benefits for treatment of related severe depression.
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Four Times More Public Waste Workers Get Hurt, Sick Than Private

August 15, 2012
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An average of 4,017 public collection workers missed at least one day of work annually between 2008 and 2010. That compares with an annual average of 1,070 collection workers in the private sector.
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Retired NFL Player Cannot File for Workers' Comp Benefits in California

August 7, 2012
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The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rules California workers' comp law doesn't apply to retired NFL player because he did not clearly show that he was injured in the state.
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Workers' Comp Prices Increasing as Market Hardens

August 2, 2012
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Employers are exiting workers' comp guaranteed-cost policies that have fixed costs and taking on greater risk by purchasing loss-sensitive plans with lower premiums but higher deductibles, market experts say.
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NFL Creates Wellness Program for Current, Former Players

July 30, 2012
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The league is being sued by thousands of former professional football players who say the league misled them about the dangers of concussions.
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Cop Who Shot, Killed Suspect Ineligible for Workers' Comp

July 13, 2012
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Brandon Bentley was treated for anxiety and depression after the shooting, and a psychiatrist and psychologist deemed him unable to work. He filed for workers' comp benefits in March 2010.
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Workers' Compensation Rates for Employers Likely to Increase

July 5, 2012
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In general, the 'cream of the crop' among guarantee-cost accounts are experiencing price increases ranging from about 5 percent to 7 percent, with some 10 percent increases, particularly in the Midwest.
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Officer Hit By Car While Walking to Get Coffee Due Workers' Comp

June 29, 2012
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An Oregon appellate court said that Carolyn McDermed was still at work during her coffee run, since she was expected to perform community policing duties while not in her office.
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Study: Obesity Affects Duration of Workers' Compensation Benefits

June 20, 2012
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The study's findings on the effect of obesity on indemnity duration are close to those reported in a 2007 Duke University Medical School study that found that obese workers file more claims, have higher medical costs, and miss more days due to job-related injuries than do their nonobese counterparts.
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