Workers Comp

California Independent Medical Exam Volume Decreased Through H1 2021

The number of independent medical examinations used to resolve medical disputes for California workers hit an all-time high in the first half of 2021, as statewide unemployment remained stubbornly high, non-COVID workers’ compensation claims remained lower at pre-pandemic levels, millions of Californians continued to work from home, and efforts to …

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Analysis: A growing number of states allow reimbursement of medical cannabis costs through workers’ compensation insurance

A limited but growing number of states allow eligible patients to be reimbursed for their medical cannabis-related costs through their Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WCI) plans, according to a recently released analysis of the policies of the State conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NORML deputy director …

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Loss of consortium claims hampering WC’s subrogation efforts

“Workers’ compensation companies get a smaller share of the settlement ‘pie’ when another potential claimant (spouse) claims their damages in addition to the injured worker,” says Saerim Luciano, of Pearlman, Brown & Wax. (Credit: Destina / The loss of consortium claims may hamper the ability of workers’ compensation companies …

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