Monthly Archives: August 2011

Texas Supreme Court hands carriers a big, big win

Two longstanding precedents–including landmark workers’ comp case–’should be overruled’ m There’s times for almost any attorney who enjoys litigation when the best feeling in the world is to win a big court case for a deserving client. Sometimes, though, the … Continue reading

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OSHA Reports workplace fatalities decline little from previous year

On August 25, 2011, a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries was issued by OSHA. The report stated that 2010 workplace fatalities failed to decrease substantially from those of 2009. Secretary of … Continue reading

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Do you really want to act as your own contractor?

Some things to consider before hiring ‘day help’ m Today, let’s start off smallish in topic and end up biggly, as in Texas, in the next episode. Disinformation, misinformation & real information It’s kind of amazing, in some kind of … Continue reading

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What’s good for the goose ain’t necessarily good for the geese–workers’ comp cost down because unemployment is so high

‘Off-the-book’ workers draw scrutiny in NY; Connecticut shuts down jobsites over lack of coverage, other payments m A general trend of reduced costs for workers’ comp costs may be good news for employers, but the long-term implications are disturbing because … Continue reading

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Pinnacol ‘quits’; scammers get busted; young man gets stuck in wheelchair

More news from around the country, showing the stressors at work in workers’ comp programs m We’ve been following  the situation in Colorado with Pinnacol since 2009. Pinnacol Assurance has wanted to break free of quasi-government agency and be owned … Continue reading

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The Indiana Stage Collapse and Worker’s Compensation

Five people have now died and more than forty people were hurt in the collapse of an outdoor concert stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday evening. Just minutes before the country group Sugarland was set to take the … Continue reading

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