You’ve probably heard about the increase in painkiller abuse in the U.S. But some statistics gathered by the National Safety Council (NSC) on this epidemic are real eye-openers.
Unintentional, preventable injuries (aka accidental injuries) are now the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council.
If a doctor prescribes medication for an injured worker that generally isn’t recommended, does workers’ comp have to pay for it?
A doctor testified in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that workers’ compensation laws and insurers were to blame for the opioid crisis, not pharmaceutical companies.
The National Transportation Safety Board says a hot-air balloon pilot had multiple drugs in his system, including an opioid painkiller, when a crash killed 16 people.
A new white paper suggests a common medical practice to treat pain is doing more harm than good.
An injured worker died due to an overdose of oxycodone combined with alcohol. His widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits. Did she receive them?
Drug tests showed an injured worker wasn’t taking his prescribed pain-management medication. His former employer argued that should disqualify him from receiving workers’ comp benefits. Did the company win?
How long does it take for chronic opioid users to wean completely off the drugs after a workplace injury?
With all the reports about increasing use of painkillers, such as opioids, it’s no wonder some companies are testing employees for the legal substances for safety reasons. But, as this case shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that.
A New Jersey employer must reimburse an injured worker for medical marijuana, according to an appeals court decision.
Courts are forcing companies to pay workers’ comp death benefits to families of injured employees whose addiction and death resulted from opioids prescribed for work injuries.
Is it time for your company to go beyond standard employee drug testing? A lawyer says the growing problem of prescription painkiller abuse in the U.S. makes expanded drug testing something companies should consider.
A new study links workplace injuries to the opioid epidemic.
For a while, it seemed states were slowly accepting that medical marijuana would be covered under workers’ compensation. But a Maine court decision goes against that trend.
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