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Top Ten Trends and Emerging Issues in Workers' Compensation, 2013-14

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This seven-page guide from the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) highlights ten trends in workers' compensation legislation across states: (1) Opt Out, (2) Eliminating “liberal” construction of interpretation of work comp act, (3) AMA impairment guides – 6th Ed., (5) Medical fee schedules, (6) Restrictions on the choice of treating physician, (7) Arbitrary Benefit Limitations (7) Mental injuries in the workplace (8) Opioids & Dr. Reimbursement, (9) Medical Treatment Guidelines and (10) Occupational Disease. The guide also discusses several other trends: limiting cumulative trauma benefits for professional athletes, concurrent jurisdiction for Long-shore & state work comp act and the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain and obesity.

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