What Can Workers’ Comp Learn About Compounds From the Meningitis Outbreak?

As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 317 meningitis cases across several states, including 24 deaths. According to a preliminary report released on Monday, investigators from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab  (NECC) tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak. Investigators also found a […]...Read more

Is an Illegal Immigrant Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Is an illegal immigrant working in this country entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation statutes? This question was answered in the affirmative in the Delaware Superior Court case, Del. Valley Field Servs. V. Ramirez, No. 12A-01-007-JOH (Sept. 13, 2012). Saul Ramirez began working as an independent contractor in April 2010, and then working as […]...Read more

Another state takes up the fight against Prescription Drug Abuse….

Fight Against Prescription drugs Another state takes up the fight against Prescription Drug Abuse…. “Kentucky House Bill 1, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, passed in a special legislative session this spring and went into effect July 20. The bill included multiple elements to prevent the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs and to enhance […]...Read more

When NOT to Authorize an Additional MRI

Additional MRI States that follow the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) do not need to authorize an additional MRI unless there are specific changes in pathology. The ODG states that ³MRI¹s are test of choice for patients with prior back surgery, but for uncomplicated low back pain, with radiculopathy, not recommended until after at least one month […]...Read more

Things My Mother Taught Me

She taught me a LOT! My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. ³If you¹re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.² My mother taught me RELIGION. ³You better pray that will come out of the carpet.² My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. ³If you don¹t straighten […]...Read more

Court Urges Change in Florida Workers¹ Compensation Law

Court Urges Change in Florida Workers¹ Compensation Law.  An appellate court is urging the Florida Legislature to reconsider a state law that makes injured employees pay employers¹ legal costs if they lose good faith workers¹ compensation appeals. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee made that recommendation in upholding such […]...Read more

Annual WCCP Holiday Conference!

Tower MSA Partners will be a sponsor of the Annual WCCP Holiday Conference! The event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, FL on November 30, 2012. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the conference starting at 8:30 a.m. After a full day of education, be sure to join us for our Sponsored […]...Read more

Upcoming CEU at the new Buca di Beppo.

Tower MSA Partners will be sponsoring an After Hours CEU at the new Buca di Beppo in the Governor’s Square Mall in Tallahassee this Thursday, October 18, 2012, starting at 5:30 P.M. We will be presenting “Important Deadlines” for a 1hr Law credit and “Tips For Employers On How To Save On WC Cost”. Heavy […]...Read more

Good News From PA Court – ACTIQ Not Reasonable in Workers’ Comp Back Injury

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a decision published late last month, seized upon Fentanyl (ACTIQ), a highly addictive opioid, 100 times more powerful than morphine, when it ruled specifically that Fentanyl lozenges were not appropriate as treatment for a workers’ compensation low back injury. According to defense counsel, Ronald A. Varga, the decision of the […]...Read more