Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pa. Firefighters & Workers Compensation Cancer Benefits

A state House bill that would fund cancer treatment for firefighters is raising concerns for some local officials.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1231 a.k.a. the cancer presumption bill would require municipalities to provide firefighters with workers' compensation coverage if they contracted cancer in the line of duty.

While everyone thinks it's the right thing to do, nobody wants to fund it because nobody knows what the costs will be.

The amended bill gives firefighters six years after the last date of active duty to file a cancer presumption claim. The original bill, passed by the House, had no time limits for filing claims.

33 other states have similar bills.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Prayer in the Workplace & Workers Comp Settlements

God in the Workplace & Workers Comp Settlements

While racial discrimination on the job is fairly common (but not right); how common is religious discrimination?

Three employees who said they got fired because they protested their boss pushing her beliefs on them will receive a total of $70,000 in a workers compensation claim. Amen. The three accused their boss of wrongful discharge, religious discrimination and harassment, retaliation and age discrimination.

The boss gets to keep her six-figure job for now.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Workers Comp: 2 employees flashed by electrical arc

Two electric & power employees suffered electric burns to their faces and necks when electrical equipment where they were working -- arced.

The two men were working in a bucket truck along a highway when they were flashed by an electrical arc. Both suffered burns and were flown in medical helicopters to care.

The power worker with the first and second degree burns was air lifted overnight to a university hospital specializing in burn units; he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The other utility worker suffered second-and-third degree burns; he is listed in fair condition.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cancer and Fire Fighters

30 states already have a law that covers workers' compensation for firefighters with cancer. Pennsylvania firefighters are hoping that the state will follow suit.

Under the proposed legislation, the Cancer Presumption Bill, burden would be placed on the employer or municipality to prove that job hazards were not a major contributor to cancer for a firefighter who has served four or more years. Benefits would be disbursed either by the municipality's insurance company or workers' compensation carrier.

Studies have shown that cancers, including those that attack the brain, liver, colon, and prostate, are more prevalent in firefighters than in the general population. Pennsylvania receives fewer than 10 claims a year from firefighters for workers' compensation for cancer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PA Workers Comp Claims on the Rise

According to a new study reported by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, medical costs for workers compensation were on the rise in Pennsylvania.

The study reported that lower doctor and hospital costs per claim were driven by lower to typical prices paid to doctors and lower payments per service for hospital outpatient services.

Higher costs per claim for services were billed by chiropractors and physical/occupational therapists which stemmed from higher utilization of these services due to more visits per claim offset by typical prices paid.

In Pennsylvania, the study found more claims received clinic/evaluation and office visits, physical therapy, and minor X-rays in a hospital outpatient setting than in other study states. This might suggest that more routine procedures were delivered in a hospital outpatient setting in Pennsylvania than were provided by nonhospital providers in other states.

While more care was delivered in a hospital outpatient setting, the average medical cost per claim in Pennsylvania was substantially lower than other study states.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Jersey Employers Fails to Pay Workers Compensation

The owner of a Morris County, New Jersey paving company was indicted for failing to provide workers' compensation to his employees.

This negligence forced the state's Uninsured Employers' Fund $254,000 to the employee for expenses that he incurred as a result of the accident.

The owner of Accurate Paving is accused of failing to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to his employees from October 7, 2003 and April 28, 2009.

On Oct. 8, 2003, an employee suffered serious injuries in an accident while on the job, then needed surgery plus a three-month stay in the hospital.

A fourth-degree crime carries maximum penalties of 18 months in state prison and $10,000 fine.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Workers Comp? DJ Shot to Death at Work

A man was shot to death while working as a DJ in a bar. His father is asking for workers compensation benefits because his son was shot to death while at work.

The shooter was convicted of second-degree murder.

The father is also seeking medical and funeral expenses related to his son's death.