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A new webinar will look at using cannabis to treat workers’ comp injuries and other employment topics related to marijuana use.
On Property Casualty 360 - November 6, 2019

What happens when marijuana comes into the workplace?

Marijuana use recreationally and medicinally is on the rise, creating a variety of conflicts for employers and insurers when it comes to pre- and post-employment drug testing for workers and coverage for workers’ compensation claims. A physician cannot prescribe marijuana for a patient, and its medical efficacy is still unknown for many illnesses. In addition, product strength and its effects on the body vary depending on the method of ingestion and product strength. It has also not be recognized by the FDA as a prescribed medication.

Ergonomic Tracking Helps Cut Workers Comp Claims but Privacy Concerns Remain
On Insurance Journal - November 6, 2019

Every morning when he goes to work in the freezer room of a warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, Jack Westley throws on a hooded sweatshirt to keep warm and grabs a radio to talk to his coworkers. He was recently given a new piece of equipment to wear, which he attaches to a harness over his shoulders. It’s a black device about the size of a smartphone that tracks his every move.

Funeral director carpal tunnel not compensable
On Business Insurance - November 4, 2019

A funeral director failed to show that his carpal tunnel was related to his employment, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia held on Friday.
In Davidson v. Blue Ridge Crematory, in a 3-2 decision, the appellate court affirmed the West Virginia Workers Compensation Board of Review’s dismissal of the man’s claim for workers compensation, finding that external health factors — not the duties of his job — led to his injury.

Medical fee schedule applies in serious burn treatment: Court
On Business Insurance - November 4, 2019

The Supreme Court of Kansas on Friday ruled that language accidentally included in the state’s medical fee schedule for treatment applies in the treatment of a worker who was seriously injured, whose employer’s workers compensation insurer paid less than 20% of the total hospital bill.

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