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Workers Comp Matters

Section 28 of the MA Workers’ Comp Statute: Serious and Willful Employer Misconduct

In U.S. law, employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage and, in exchange, injured workers are unable to directly sue their employer. But what happens when a worker is injured due to intentional or willful employer misconduct? Similar to many other states, Massachusetts law contains a section of the workers’ compensation statute that addresses this issue....

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On the Road

Above The Law’s Marijuana Law Reception

Despite being illegal under federal law nationwide, marijuana businesses in states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon are growing rapidly. With varying degrees of state licensing, where does that leave growers and sellers criminally? Just because certain state governments are not enforcing drug laws doesn’t mean the federal government won’t. Adding to this confusion, the marijuana...

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

Cannabis businesses need lawyers, but how can you build a marijuana practice?

It’s a federal offense to grow, sell or use marijuana, but a growing number of states have laws permitting its use under specific circumstances. In Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington, the product is available for recreational use. In Colorado and Washington, it may be sold commercially, and is taxed and regulated by the state. The...

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Workers Comp Matters

2015 Workers’ Compensation Research Institute Conference: Perverse Effects of Low Fee Schedules

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce attended the 2015 Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference in March. While there, he interviewed Rebecca Yang, who presented ‘The Perverse Effects of Low Fee Schedules.’ A fee schedule, as described by Yang, is the state’s maximum allowable reimbursement rates to medical providers (doctors or...

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Ringler Radio

Traumatic Brain Injuries: From Battlefield to Football Field

After years in Afghanistan and Iraq, our troops are returning home with traumatic brain injuries stemming from their time in combat. Traumatic brain injuries are also prevalent in sports-most recently on our football fields. On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co‑host Anne Marie VonBank welcome Attorney Gordon Johnson, one of the...

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Workers Comp Matters

2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute Conference: Cost and Impacts of Physician Dispensing Drugs

At the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference, panels of experts discussed the cost and impacts of physician dispensing drugs. Physician dispensed drugs are prescribed drugs available to be purchased directly from the physician (or in the physician’s office). Alternatively, prescriptions are filled at a pharmacy, often times with a...

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Mandatory Vaccines vs. Individual Rights

Credited with saving millions of lives per year, few health programs can boast the success of vaccinations. Even for those who, for health reasons, can’t be inoculated, vaccines provide a type of community immunity by preventing dangerous outbreaks in densely populated areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call vaccinations the greatest public health...

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Workers Comp Matters

Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction, and Injured Workers

“There are more people in chronic pain in America today than diabetics, those with heart disease, those suffering from strokes, and those with cancer combined.” – Dr. Joel Morton The prevalence of chronic pain across the United States is certainly associated with the overuse of opiates, opioids, and narcotics, three words that are used interchangeably....

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Ringler Radio

Brain Injury Association of America and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Aside from the physical, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can have a lasting effect mentally and financially on an individual and their families. On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen joins colleague Char Johnson and Attorney Daniel S. Chamberlain, who is helping victims of TBIs cope with their injury. They will talk about these TBIs,...

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Workers Comp Matters

FECA and Workers Compensation for Federal Employees

Most workers compensation lawyers deal with state-based claims and private companies, but there is a separate section of workers comp law for federal and postal employees. The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) is responsible for administering the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) to these injured federal employees. What are the differences in this type...

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Black Lung Disease: Coal Miners, Their Disability, and The Quantum of Proof

In 1969, Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act to help miners who, as a result of their work, developed pneumoconiosis, an occupational sickness more commonly known as black lung disease. The Act provides medical and financial benefits for those who qualify as well as death benefits for their beneficiaries. On this...

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Ringler Radio

Ringler Associates: Celebrating 40 Years in the Industry

Since 1975, Ringler Associates has been a huge player in the structured settlement industry and this year, celebrating a 40th Anniversary! On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen joins colleague, Mike Casey and one of the original five Ringler hires, Cecil Matthews, as they discuss the structured settlement industry and how far they have...

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CMS and the Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule

Just last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrew their proposed rule for the consideration of future medicals in liability bodily injury settlements. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with colleague, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS) and guest, Peter Foley, from the American Insurance...

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Quarantine and Isolation: How Federal and State Powers Fight Ebola

Federal and State governing authorities have the power to quarantine an individual under the suspicion that person has Ebola and could possibly spread it to others. But what if the government is wrong? Is there redress for people held against their will? It might surprise you that your civil liberties can be subjugated for the...

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On the Road

2014 WILG Conference: Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Lewis Heller about the evolution of workers’ compensation law at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Heller imparts his experience and knowledge of the history of workers compensation including lawyers and organizations like Samuel Horovitz, the National Association of Compensation Claimants Attorneys (NACCA), the American...

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