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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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PTSD of Employee Who Witnessed Deaths at Work Is Compensable

June 14, 2012
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The man was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in June 2008 after experiencing anxiety and crying spells on various occasions, and he filed for workers' comp benefits in June 2009.
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Massive Master Complaint Filed Against NFL Over Concussion-Related Injuries

June 7, 2012
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The 86-page document, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, seeks financial compensation, injunctive relief and medical monitoring for former NFL players who claim the league misled them about the dangers of concussions.
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Employee's Off-Duty Car-Crash Injuries Compensable: Court

May 30, 2012
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The Kentucky Supreme Court said Adan Mandujano's car accident was compensable because he was performing the 'necessary and inevitable' act of returning from a trip that Gaines-Gentry and Eaton had requested him to take.
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California Workers' Comp Claims Show Sharp Increase in Medical Costs

May 25, 2012
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The Workers' Compensation Research Institute said California's medical costs per workers' comp claim increased 8 percent per year from 2005 to 2009.
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The FMLA and the Honest Belief Rule: Monitoring Leave of Absence Abuse

May 10, 2012
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I am not suggesting that you surveil every employee who takes leave from your workplace. Without a good faith belief supporting the surveillance, a court could conclude that your actions are unlawful.
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Average California Workers' Comp Indemnity Hits $66,922 in 2011

May 4, 2012
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Among other data, the California Workers' Compensation Institute estimates that workers' comp insurers expect to pay out $8.4 billion in claims for accident year 2011, which is an eight-year high.
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