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A Constitutional Amendment To Stop The Raiding Of The Second Injury Fund For The General Treasury is Proposed in New Jersey

An amendment has been proposed, which has received bipartisan support, to stop the raiing of the second injury trust funds and their diversion to the general treasury. Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney has proposed a constitutional amendment [SCR-60] requiring contributions collected from assessments on wages to be used for employee benefits and prohibiting use of the contributions for any other purpose.

Diagnosing and Curing the Ailing NJ Workers' Compensation System

On the eve the NJ Senate's investigation into New Jersey's workers' compensation system, the question lingers on how to evaluate its health. New Jersey has always had a very large and very dedicated workforce A recent newspaper series by Star-Ledger reporters Dunstan McNichol and John P. Martin revealed that the system is serious flawed and that it is in need of a "complete overhaul."

Opposition Continues to Swell Against Utilization of the AMA Guides 6th ed

Resistance continues to mount against adoption of the AMA Guides to Impairment 6th edition. Opposition was expressed by a leading expert in workers' compensation and the Attorney General of Tennessee issued an opinion against adoption of the 6th Edition.

Formaldehyde Exposure Linked to ALS

At a recent meeting of the American Academy of Neurology a report was presented demonstrating a 34% higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease as a result of exposure to formaldehyde.

The NJ Star-Ledger newspaper conducted an eight-month survey involving hundreds of thousands of workers compensation claims pending before the New Jersey Division of Workers Compensation. The Star Ledger series ran for three days and exposed huge difficulties in the NJ workers' compensation system.

Do the AMA Guides Have Any Place in the Workers' Compensation System?

The great debate continues over whether the AMA Guides have any place in the workers' compensation system. During a recent interview with Dr. Christopher Brigham, Senior contributing editor of the AMA Guides 6th Edition and Todd McFarren, past President of the Work Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) and president-elect of CAAA, the issues were crystallized.

W.R.Grace to Settle Asbestos Claims for $3 Billion

W.R. Grace and Co. has announced that it will fund a trust for resolving all current and future asbestos-related personal-injury claims. The company entered bankruptcy 7 years ago with 135,000 asbestos claims pending.

The State of Iowa joins many other States who will not implement the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides. This follows mounting criticism against the use of the 6th Ed. of the AMA Guides to determine workers’ compensation disability.

California Considers Taxing Workers' Compensation Attorneys Fees

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has his way the battered advocacy system for injured workers in California is about to get hit again.

Governmental Opposition Swells Against Implementation of the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides

State governments throughout the United States are now delaying implementation of the 6th Edition of the AMA guides as a standard to determine permanent disability.

Jon L. Gelman Selected for Membership into The American Society of Legal Writers - Scribes

In 1951, Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt, of the New Jersey Supreme Court, wrote to his friend Sidney Teiser, in Portland, Oregon, proposing that an informal group interested in legal history and biography get together at the next annual meeting of the American Bar Association.

A recent study by the federal government reports that some disabled workers who receive workers' compensation or public disability benefits may be worse off economically than if they had not claimed multiple benefits.

NuvaRing® Safety Labeling Changes

NuvaRing® is a vaginal ring contraceptive medication that was approved by the FDA in October 2001. The drug is manufactured by Organon USA, Inc., based in New Jersey, which was acquired by Schering-Plough Corporation in 2007. Since its initial FDA approval and use on the market, NuvaRing® has been linked to serious venous thromboembolic events including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, stroke and myocardial infarction, or heart attack.
 

Economic Stimulus Helps Social Security Beneficiaries and SSA

The final economic stimulus package, passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will provide “rebates” to millions of Social Security beneficiaries. The legislation was signed into law by the President on February 13, 2008. All Title II beneficiaries who meet the rebate eligibility criteria – including disabled beneficiaries – will receive the rebate.

The Future of Spitzer’s NY Workers’ Compensation Reform Effort and the AMA Guides 6th ed.

With Governor Spitzer now embroiled in a major scandal that may end in his resignation as Governor of the State of New York, all eyes in the workers’ compensation arena are now focused on his reform efforts. On February 27, 2007 shortly after taking office he signed landmark legislation to overhaul the NY system.

Workers' compensation insurance companies have a long history of guarding themselves from liability from asbestos exposure issues. Recently the NJ courts have ruled that workers' compensation insurance companies are shielded from liability when the insurance company performs hygiene studies and does not take action to protect the employees that it has insured under the policy.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule to tighten its procedure in collecting conditional payments made in workers' compensation actions.. On February 22, 2008 the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule in its program to strengthen CMS's ability to collect payments under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Amendments.

Workers' Compensation News - February 26, 2008, Volume 5 Issue 501

NJ JURY AWARD $30.3 MILLION - MESO TRIAL - FEB. 2008
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A jury has reached what is believed to be the highest
asbestos verdict ever in New Jersey, awarding $30.3 million to the surviving
family members of a former automotive worker.

An Atlantic City NJ casino card dealer employed at the Claridge Hotel who was exposed to second hand tobacco smoke was awarded workers' compensation benefits. NJ Judge Cosmo Giovinazzi award $150,00 for lost wages and medical benenfits to a card dealer holding that second-hand tobacco smoke materially contributed to the employee's lung cancer.

In a sweeping, decision that will have inpact on thousands of cases, the NJ Supreme ruled that an electronic cancellations of a workers' compensation policies was not in compliance with the statute.

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