February 01, 2004 7:11 AM
WORKER AWARDED $12 MILLION - WC BAD FAITH. Court awards $12 million in workers' compensation case. A former nursing home worker has been awarded more than $12 million in a judgment against three insurance companies that denied her workers' compensation claim. The Rapid City jury returned its verdict - $60,000 in compensatory damages and $12 million in punitive damages - last week after a a four-day trial in federal court.''An insurance adjuster is supposed to be like a judge, fair and impartial. ... If you bribe a judge, you get thrown in jail. But they bribe these claims adjusters with bounties that are tied directly to their performance in paying claims.''
January 30, 2004 7:03 AM
One in every hundred men born in the 1940s will die of die of malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is almost exclusively a consequence of exposure to asbestos, with a lag time that is rarely less than 25 years and often more than 50 years from first exposure. Half of all cases are now aged over 70, with 80% in men. For a man first exposed as a teenager, who remained in a high risk occupation, such as insulation, throughout his working life, the lifetime risk of mesothelioma can be as high as one in five.w1 There are now over 1800 deaths per year in Britain (about one in 200 of all deaths in men and one in 1500 in women), and the number is still increasing.1 w2 As exposure in the United Kingdom continued until 1980 the peak of the epidemic is still to come, and we need a strategy to manage these patients.
January 11, 2004 7:50 AM
HEARING LOSS AMONG CARPENTERS--A carpenter uses a Skilsaw to cut wood to build a concrete form. Photo by Rick Neitzel. By age 50, two out of three carpenters have lost so much hearing from occupational noise exposure that they need hearing aids. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are studying ways to prevent occupational hearing loss and how to teach carpenters to value good hearing .
August 03, 2003 5:12 PM
Barbara Morris, appellee, v. Nebraska Health System, appellant, & Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., and University of Nebraska Medical Center, appellees. Morris v. Nebraska Health System, 266 Neb. 285
July 21, 2003 1:25 PM
CALIFORNIA--Calif. workers compensation fund runs low on cash.
July 21, 2003 10:18 AM
Calif. workers compensation fund runs low on cash.
July 14, 2003 1:22 PM
ABA Convention - Important WC/Medicare Panel--A Continuation of the Medicare Forum and Its Impact on the Workers' Compensation System--Monday, August 11, 2003, 7:30-9:30 a.m.--A special seminar with industry & labor experts from around the country discuss how to deal with CMO claims and still move cases!
July 12, 2003 6:27 PM
Action is needed immediately to stop this legislation. This legislation may go to a US Senate floor vote any day after September 1st, 2003. You are urged to call your US Senators today!
July 08, 2003 7:47 PM
Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report 2002, the latest edition of a widely used compendium of information on the occurrences of and trends in occupational respiratory diseases and exposures, is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention=s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
July 03, 2003 7:27 PM
After weeks of difficult negotiations, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approached an agreement concerning asbestos liability compensation just before the Senate adjourned for a week-long break on June 27. If Democrats and Republicans on the committee can reach agreement on outstanding questions when the Senate resumes working after the Fourth of July, there is a good chance that a controversial asbestos compensation bill will be approved before the end of July.
June 30, 2003 1:35 PM
“Victims forgotten in asbestos proposal” Under Senator Hatch’s Forgiving Asbestos Industry Responsibility Act
June 13, 2003 1:33 PM
"Amputation Bonus"--"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21).--Martinez v Silverline 2003 WL 21305487 (N.J. Super. AD) Decided 6.9.03
June 04, 2003 9:05 PM
I thank Chairman Hatch for calling this hearing on the asbestos litigation crisis, the third that the Committee has had since I convened the first one last September. Last fall, I hoped to begin a bipartisan dialogue about the best means for providing fair and efficient compensation to the current victims and those yet to come. My message today is simple: To end this crisis we need to re-start negotiations among the stakeholders and interested Senators to finish hammering out the details of an effective national trust fund for victims of asbestos-related disease.
May 31, 2003 9:12 PM
Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when rapidly heated. Expanded vermiculite is used in construction and consumer materials (e.g., loose-fill insulation, acoustic finishes, spray-on insulation, and concrete mixes for swimming pools), agricultural and horticultural products (e.g., potting mixes and soil conditioners) and in industrial products (e.g., brake shoes and pads, drilling muds, furnaces, and insulation blocks). Expanded vermiculite granules are shaped like small accordions, and vary in color from silver/gold to gray/brown.
May 23, 2003 9:53 PM
Asbestos compensation legislation introduced by Senator Hatch is a regressive measure that relieves manufacturers, employers and insurers of liability and fails to provide fair compensation to victims of asbestos disease.
May 17, 2003 7:49 PM
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated statistics on work related mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain. The statistics show how the risk of death from mesothelioma for different occupational groups compares to the average risk for all occupations together.
May 17, 2003 2:47 PM
Medical Expenses Continue to Soar in Workers' Compensation Claims.
May 04, 2003 12:23 PM
North American Refractories - settlement agreement
April 21, 2003 12:13 PM
1900 Asbestos recognized as a cause of occupational disease (asbestosis) in Charing Cross Hospital, London. A presumptive connection is established.
1918 Insurance companies, including Prudential, refuse to sell insurance to asbestos workers.
April 21, 2003 12:11 PM
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls asbestos “a commercial designation for any mineral products composed of strong and flexible fibers, resistant to heat, corrosion, abrasion, and that can be woven.” Despite all of these remarkable properties, known since the time of Aristotle, controversy has followed asbestos due to numerous and well-documented adverse health effects. Various federal and state agencies and private sector organizations grapple with continuing public health concerns, such as the legacy of the Libby, Montana vermiculite mine, possible asbestos risks from the World Trade Center collapse and other related issues. They also continue to address current developments regarding the safety and efficacy of substitutes.