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1997 Interview with Benjamin Marcus, 1st President of NACCA/ATLA
on the history of workers' compensation laws
Watch video on WILG's YouTube Channel
Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.
On Tuesday, 5/5, the Illinois House convened a committee of the whole for a hearing on work comp. An injured worker from Oklahoma, who was featured in a previous ProPublica piece, provided testimony. Here's an article in response to the hearing:
2014 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases
By Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr.
for the North Carolina Work Comp Journal
Dr. Joel Morton's WorkCompWire Article
Every day brings another headline about a fatal overdose on painkillers, a celebrity who’s hooked, or a serious crime driven by addiction. Sadly, injured workers are among those addicted. Since 1990, opioid overdose deaths have tripled. It’s easy to blame doctors who prescribe painkillers, but only 17 percent of abused opioids are abused by legitimate patients with legitimate prescriptions. Physicians are doing their best, trying to treat pain without withholding needed medications, but that only helps so much.
Dr. Joel Morton of Summit Pharmacy takes a closer look at the issue and in the following article discusses a few policy changes that could go a long way to stem opioid abuse:
The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group's Top Injured Workers' Attorneys
program is an invitation only, professional recognition program comprised of
America’s leading attorneys representing injured workers.
Click on the title above to learn more and view list of those inducted into this program.
2014 Convention Interviews
At our Annual Convention in Santa Barbara in October, WILG was joined by the production staff of Legal Talk Network, an online legal podcast company. Along with WILG member and officer Alan Pierce, host of the podcast Workers’ Comp Matters, a series of Special Reports were recorded and available on the links below, featuring many of the CLE presenters speaking on a variety of timely topics.
Highlights and Interviews from the 2014 Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference
Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law
Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law
Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations
Gilda Mariani on Employer Misclassification Fraud
Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers
Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases
Jane-Robin Wender on the Padgett Case and Florida’s Laws
Interview with Keynote Speaker Jason Schechterle
George Santini on Opting out of Workers’ Compensation
Annemarie Pantazis on the Affordable Care Act
Michael A. Galpern
Cherry Hill, NJ
Matthew J. Belcher
Alan S. Pierce
Charles R. Davoli
Baton Rouge, LA
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WILG 40th Anniversary of 1972 WVC Commission Symposium
WILG held a Symposium commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws, on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The National Commission, appointed by the Nixon Administration, issued its report in July 1972, describing the states' workers' compensation laws "in general neither adequate nor equitable," recommending minimal federal standards to cure the deficiency. This led to a decade when most states significantly improved their laws to avoid the federal standards. Since then, however, workers' compensation benefits have been cut back and compensability rules tightened. The program featured a star-studded group of speakers, including 3 Commissioners, who addressed what needs be done to restore the adequacy of workers' compensation programs and how best to get that done.
Contact Juli Gaston at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the symposium materials