Workers’ Compensation & Employers’ Liability Article Archives

The District Of Columbia Update

September, 2000

A limited number of forms routinely used in workers’ compensation claims in the District of Columbia can now be downloaded from the Internet. The Department of Employment Services has a new web site which makes these forms available. The Internet address for the site is http://does.ci.washington.dc.us. Once at the site, click first on the line…

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New Federal OSHA Standards Could Impact Occupational Disease Claims

July, 2000

The Federal Government’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued proposed regulations in November of 1999 dealing with alleged repetitive motion disorders and ergonomics. If adopted, these regulations would require many employers to establish comprehensive plans geared toward ending what OSHA refers to as work-related “musculoskeletal disorders” (“MSD”).

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Gender and Workers’ Compensation Claims

March, 2000

A recent study by the National Council on Compensation Injuries (“NCCI”) found that male workers are more likely to sustain workplace accidents, although females are more likely to file claims for occupational diseases and cumulative trauma. The study, “Gender in Workers’ Compensation Claims,” showed that male employees were more likely to file claims for traumatic…

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House Votes To Block OSHA Rules

March, 2000

In the Winter 2000 edition of our Newsletter, we reported on new ergonomic regulations proposed by OSHA concerning alleged repetitive motion disorders. If adopted, these regulations would have required employers to establish comprehensive plans to monitor, control and reduce workplace hazards associated with repetitive motion disorders through management investigation, employee interviews, additional training, and advice…

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