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Physical therapy trending downward in comp: MedRisk

A provider of services to rehabilitating injured workers, MedRisk Inc. has seen post-surgical physical therapy cases drop by 26% in the last five years, according to an industry trends report the company released Thursday. For its annual report, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based MedRisk examined recent changes, including relevant legislation, regulation and research, scouring its own data and other industry reports…

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Politics driving debate over undocumented workers and comp

The ever-present immigration debate continues to spill into the workers compensation industry, with undocumented workers who are injured on the job left to consider whether to pursue medical care and benefits at the risk of arrest and deportation, experts say. Case law and state statutes vary widely regarding what benefits may be afforded to an injured undocumented worker, and these…

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Court Awards $3.3M in Injured Worker’s Retaliation Case

Dean Foods was ordered to pay $3.3 million in punitive damages after an Illinois jury found that the company retaliated against an employee who filed workers’ compensation claims. The jury found that Dean Foods refused to call Richard Jankowski back to work after his on-the-job injury and after he refused work that exceeded his medical restrictions, the Northwest Herald reported….

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Accused of Stalking, Worker Gets $26,000 in Settlement for Carpal Tunnel Injury

A former worker for Rock Island County, Illinois, once accused of accessing a co-worker’s computer, will receive thousands of dollars in a settlement with the county, including almost $26,000 for a workers’ compensation claim. Rock Island County board members this week approved the settlement, on the condition that Ronna Baney never seeks work with the county again, according to a…

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Alleged hit and run victim sues driver charged with aggravated assault, according to complaint

A pedestrian claiming he was the victim of a hit and run driver has filed suit against the motorist, whom the complaint states was later charged with aggravated battery. Ryan Gentelin filed suit against Roger Lawver amid claims the motorist was negligent and intoxicated when the incident happened on Langdon Street in Alton on Sept. 27. In his complaint, filed…

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Indiana Hospital Reports Failure to Disinfect Surgical Tools

Nearly 1,200 surgical patients may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases due to a sterilization failure, a northern Indiana hospital says. A Goshen Hospital sterilization technician failed to complete one crucial step in the sterilizing process of some surgical equipment, potentially exposing to communicable diseases patients who underwent surgery at the hospital between April 1 and…

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