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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Can the Workers’ Compensation System be Vaccinated Against Influenza?

This flu season has been epidemic. It has severely affected the occupational health network and created challenges not foreseen by the crafters of the 1911 workers’ compensation act(s). Particularly compelling are issues surrounding how the benefits system can adapt to meet the effort of maintaining a healthier workplace and avoid the consequences caused by this communicable disease.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Standing Desks at Work Deemed Not Beneficial

Before employers buy standing workstations and/or even treadmills to prevent repetitive motion claims, they ought to take heed of a recent study that considers them a useless fad. The newest marketing craze is work at standing desks, some even equipped with treadmills and marked as ergonomically safer for an employee’s health.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

FDA approves first blood test to evaluate concussions in adults

Medical providers will have a new tool to diagnose concussions since as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly called a concussion, in adults. The FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of its Breakthrough Devices Program. The new quick testing option will help reduce the need for CT scans, radiation exposure, for patients.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Defense Employer Ordered to Pay Medical for Lung Disease Caused by Burn Pit Exposure

In a decision that will have significant impact on potentially thousands of injured workers, a Court has ruled that a private military contractor for the US Defense Department during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts is responsible for the payment of employee’s medical treatment required after manifesting lung disease (bronchiolitis) from exposure to burn pits maintained during the war.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Just Published: 2018 Update - Gelman on Workers' Compensation Law

Jon Gelman’s newly revised and updated 2018 treatise on Workers’ Compensation Law is now available from by West Group of Egan, MN within the next few weeks. The treatise is the most complete work available on NJ Workers’ Compensation law and integrated with WESTLAW™, the "most preferred online legal research service.'"

Friday, February 9, 2018

Congressman Pallone Asks FDA to Investigate Cosmetic Products Containing Asbestos

Standing outside a Claire’s Store in Sea Girt, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate Claire’s Stores, Inc., and Justice Retail following reports that tremolite asbestos, a known human carcinogen, was found in cosmetic products marketed to girls and young women.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Infancy Does Not Toll Workers’ Compensation Claim - Unpublished Opinion

Unlike a civil action, Workers’ Compensation claims must be filed within the procedural limitations of the NJ 2-year statute of limitations and are not tolled by infancy. Minor children seeking benefits under the dependency provisions of the Act must file a claim timely.