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Articles by Roberto Ceniceros

Prescription Drug Studies Focus on Key Workers' Comp Cost Drivers

April 26, 2012
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Evaluating workers' comp prescription drug trends is crucial because pharmaceuticals comprise a significant part of employers' spending on injured workers, said one expert.
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Obese Workers' Body Mass Data Aids Treatment

March 15, 2012
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Despite the fact that one in three U.S. adults is obese, claims adjusters often do not ask claimants about their height and weight during the initial intake process of a workers' comp claim, employers and consultants say.
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Obesity Problems Weigh on Workers' Comp

March 8, 2012
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Not only are obese workers comp claimants likely to miss more work days than healthy-weight co-workers with similar injuries, obese workers are likely to have higher medical costs and are more likely to become permanently disabled, research has shown.
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Sex Club Shooting Case Goes to Jury for Workers' Comp Fraud Decision

March 8, 2012
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A jury was deliberating the workers' compensation felony fraud case against a correctional guard and his wife who claimed his shooting outside a San Francisco sex club was work-related.
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Workers' Comp Assessments 5 Times Higher for N.Y. State Employers: Analysis

February 23, 2012
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The average premium assessment among 32 states that impose the taxes is 4.2 percent. In contrast, New York state employers pay assessments totaling 20.2 percent of their premiums.
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Rapidly Growing Older Workforce Demands Employer Attention to Injuries

February 14, 2012
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The number of older U.S. workers will continue growing, perhaps at a greater pace than observers expected several years ago, because of the Great Recession's negative effect on worker savings, employers' desire to retain skilled workers, and rising health care costs that are keeping more older employees in the workforce
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Homicides Accounted for 11 Percent of Workplace Fatalities in '09: NCCI

January 23, 2012
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From 1993 to 2009, the rate of workplace homicides fell 59 percent while the overall rate of homicides fell 47 percent, according to the study.
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Worker Can't Sue Employer if Collecting Workers' Comp, Virginia Court Rules

January 17, 2012
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A worker cannot sue an employer in addition to collecting workers' compensation benefits, even when the employer fails to purchase mandatory workers comp insurance, Virginia's Supreme Court ruled Jan. 13.
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Top 5 Workplace Injury Causes Make Up 72 Percent of Direct Workers' Comp Costs: Analysis

January 10, 2012
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Overexertion—or injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying—costs businesses $12.5 billon in direct annual expenses and accounts for more than 25 percent of the national burden, according to Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.
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Court: Comp Benefits Due to Restaurant Manager Despite Being Smoker

January 6, 2012
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Edmondo Bemis—who smoked for 30 years according to the appellate court's ruling—eventually filed for workers' comp benefits, claiming that his work injury worsened until he needed the surgery and that he was totally disabled.
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