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Injured at work?  Applying for disability benefits or SSI?  See what attorneys at Markhoff & Mittman have to say - they address everything from receiving workers comp benefits, applying for benefits to what to wear at your disability hearing.  Some of our most recent topics include:

What NOT to do when collecting workers comp
What happens to disability benefits when your child turns 18
Drug Use and Workers' Comp Benefits 

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9/26/2012
Brian M. Mittman
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9/11 Cancer-Related Claims Will Likely Increase

Zadroga Act may see thousands more claims for cancer diagnosis cases.

Category: Federal Workers’ Compensation

6/9/2009
Brian M. Mittman
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On February 17th, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law.  The Act is an extraordinary response to what may be our nation's biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression.  It includes measures to modernize our nations infrastructure, fight for energy independence, expand educational opportunities, create affordable health care, and to provide tax relief.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will help ensure that workers protection laws are enforced as recovery infrastructure investments are carried out.  The OHSA will do this by enforcing its standards, providing free consultation services to small employers and through outreach programs to employees and employers, making them aware of hazards and worker protection in affected industries and job classifications.

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3/18/2009
Brian M. Mittman
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Soon the right to select your own treating physician in a worker’s compensation claim may be permitted nationally.  A development in Iowa has ignited national interest in granting claimants the right to choose their own medical provider.

An interest group has even been formed on Facebook called, “Iowians for Workers Choice of Doctor.”  According to the group, “Life is about more than just work…In Iowa, if you are injured on the job, employers can decide which doctor treats you.  You choose what foods you eat and which exercise you do, but they can choose who is best to care for you.”

The bill was introduced as Iowa Senate Bill 1119. “Too much has been made of how much this is going to cost a company and not enough on how this affects an individual and their personal lives,” said Democratic Sen. Bill Dotzler of Waterloo.
Most states already have granted this right to their workers.  Studies have shown the employees who are free to choose their own doctor are more confident in their medical care and are more likely to have a full recovery.

 



Category: Federal Workers’ Compensation

2/11/2009
Brian M. Mittman
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It is becoming more and more evident that privacy no longer applies in the realm of workers’ compensation.  In the last decade as States have converted to electronic record keeping, privacy has suffered.  This past week California released workers’ compensation claim data regarding Nadya Suleman, the women who recently gave birth to octuplets.  This occurred after months of objections by claimants and attorneys who saw California’s electronic system as flawed.

It is not only the States that are disregarding claimants’ privacy.  HIPPA (The Health Care Personal Information Non-Disclosure Act) which protects a persons’ right to privacy regarding their medical records, specifically excludes workers’ compensation.  However, The Institute of Medicine committee is on the right path and recently recommended that health agencies and Congress implement a new approach to protect privacy in health research.  They released a 316 page report that concluded that HIPPA does not protect privacy.

The Federal government must find a way to implement the privacy that we enjoy in other areas of our lives into the workers’ compensation system.  Privacy should never be so blatantly disregarded.




Category: Federal Workers’ Compensation

2/11/2009
Brian M. Mittman
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According to Risk & Insurance Magazine, the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would create a national commission to evaluate the effectiveness of each state’s workers’ compensation laws.  The criteria which would be used would be whether each state’s regulations provide an adequate, prompt and equitable system of compensation and medical care for injury or death arising in the course of employment.

Joe Baca, who introduced this legislation, had this to say:

“I am proud to introduce this responsible legislation, which creates a long overdue commission to study the validity of current state workers' compensation laws…More than 35 years have passed since our government took a serious look at the effectiveness of workers' compensation laws. Access to proper benefits and medical care after on-the-job injuries is a right every American worker deserves. I am hopeful this legislation will bring us closer to updating and modernizing our state workers' compensation laws to ensure they remain effective in this new century.”


We will have more information as it becomes available.

 



Category: Federal Workers’ Compensation

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