Appeals court reverses on lack of information on disability claim

A man who injured his back while working for a technology company and claimed full disability and mental injury has had his case reversed after the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission chopped his benefits over his lack of credibility, among other issues.

The Court of Appeals of South Carolina in its latest decision issued Wednesday has remanded the case back to the commission because the panel “did not explain how it resolved the clashing” evidence over when the man reached maximum medical improvement for his injuries,

Telemedicine has largest comp impact in pandemic: Survey

Thirty-five percent of workers compensation claims organizations that have implemented new technology during the COVID-19 pandemic say telemedicine is the technology that has had the largest effect on business, according to survey results released by San Diego-based comp technology company Mitchell International, Inc.

Of the 100 workers compensation professionals surveyed, 35% said telemedicine and predictive analytics are the technologies that will have the biggest impact on the industry within the next five to 10 years,

Lawmakers propose presumptions for federal firefighters

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., this week announced federal legislation that would create a presumption that certain diseases resulting in disability or death arose out of and in the course of employment.

The Federal Firefighter Fairness Act of 2021 would cover conditions including heart and lung diseases, as well as cancer of the brain,

Investigate comp claimants on social media: Experts

From extreme sports competitions to amateur football and twerking, workers compensation investigators have uncovered many instances of workers fabricating injuries and pain.

Employers must be committed to helping workers suffering from bona fide work-related injuries, but they also need to take steps to validate questionable injuries and vet social media to uncover fraudsters,

Commission must reevaluate case using idiopathic fall doctrine

A woman whose hand cyst burst while tagging tools at work, causing her to fall and sustain injuries, has a second chance to show that her injuries are compensable, an appellate court held Thursday.

In Ackley v. Labor Commission, the Utah Court of Appeals ordered the Utah Labor Commission to consider the compensability of the retail worker’s injuries under the idiopathic fall doctrine.

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