Texas posts WC bulletin in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Texas posts WC bulletin in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

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Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, Ryan Brannan, issues bulletin to guide workers’ compensation matters in response to Hurricane Harvey and flooding in Texas.

Division of Workers’ Compensation also launches hurricane resource webpage for injured employees, carriers, and health care providers affected by the storm.  

Click here to view bulletin posted by Texas Department of Insurance.  

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"Choice" of Pharmacy for Injured Workers?

"Choice" of Pharmacy for Injured Workers?

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State Supreme Courts in Kentucky and Louisiana rule opposing viewpoints on the important question: Who gets to decide where I pick up my prescription?  

This July, in Burgess v. Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana ruled that the employer (and in this case, the dubious agency, Sewage and Water Board) gets to make that call, not the injured worker.  

Unlike the Kentucky case (involving Injured Workers' Pharmacy, a mail order pharmacy, and injured workers of the state), the State Supreme Court ruled that the injured workers will have the choice of where to have their prescription filled.  

Louisiana's injured workers may be paying the price once again (literally) for shady legislation . . . 

Click here for full Op Ed piece from The Louisiana Comp Blog

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Opioid Crisis v. Discontinued Medical Treatment for Injured Workers

Opioid Crisis v. Discontinued Medical Treatment for Injured Workers

(c) New York Post

(c) New York Post

Congress Member J. Yellen suggests possible link between National Opioid Crisis to Low Workforce Participation.  

Is a lack of affordable/accessible treatment worsening the national opioid crisis?  

What happens when treatment for injured workers is discontinued and addiction rates are strong?

How does an injured worker resolve pain management in lieu of ongoing (expensive) medical treatment, while struggling to staying active in his/her local workforce?  

Read the full article from The New York Post here

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Football Season Begins!

Football Season Begins!

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What says Fall more than NFL Football?  

It may be back-to-school on the brain, re-watching your favorite football highlights, or mastering Mom's apple pie recipe, but whatever the falls brings to the forefront of your mind, Pollan Dobbs is keeping you informed with the latest legistlation changes in Workers' Comp nation-wide.  

Pollan Dobbs Announces New Monthly Newsletter!

Pollan Dobbs Announces New Monthly Newsletter!

Want the latest on Workers' Comp News in one easy place . . . how about your inbox?  

We are happy to announce the launch of our New Monthly Newsletter!  

When you want reliable, up-to-date headlines from around the world on Workers' Comp Law, there's no better place to turn than Pollan Dobbs!  

Between end of summer Labor Day plans, back to school prep on the brain, and football pre-season highlights to keep track of, Pollan Dobbs is here to help you keep your head in the game with the launching of our brand new Worker's Comp Monthly Newsletter!

We will provide you with headlines from around the nation, highlighting changes in your state's legislature as they occur every month.  Sign up with your email below and follow us on social media!  

A Summer Postcard from Pollan Dobbs!

A Summer Postcard from Pollan Dobbs!

Welcome to the long days of summer - we hope that everyone enjoyed their 4th of July Holiday!  

Our firm is here to remind you that even when you're on vacation, we are working hard to keep you abreast of the newest developments in Workers' Comp news! 

How do you keep yourself informed?  

Beginning in August, you can sign up to receive our new Pollan Dobbs Monthly Newsletter - filled with all the information you need, to protect yourself before an incident occurs - so sign up today with your email address, and keep an eye on your inbox for more details!

 

Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

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Just a friendly reminder to all of our clients working outdoors in the summer heat - stay safe and stay hydrated!  

Steer clear of accidents by seeking out some shade from the sun.  

Keep your focus by keeping your electrolytes up.  

Be safe out there!  

Workers Comp for Aging Pro Athletes?

Workers Comp for Aging Pro Athletes?

(c) New York Times

(c) New York Times

This spring, The Chicago Bears faced off with the union after a two-year debate, and age played a key role in the argument.  

The Bears (who back other Chicago sports franchises), hoped to reduce a former player’s ability to tap into workers’ compensation after a career-ending injury.

The New York Times weighs in on the Illinois Legislature's final proposal to compromise on the issue.  

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Merry Christmas from Pollan Dobbs!

Merry Christmas from Pollan Dobbs!

It's been quite the year here at Pollan Dobbs. We added a some awesome new people to our teams in Jackson and New Orleans and even added two babies to the bunch! Overall it's been a wonderful year of growth and we wanted to say thanks to our clients for making the work we do so worth it. We hope that you and your family stay safe and well during the holiday season. Merry Christmas!

When is it Time to Hire a Workers' Comp Attorney?

When is it Time to Hire a Workers' Comp Attorney?

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Knowing when to hire an attorney can be confusing but it's especially difficult after you've been injured on the job. Most people don't know about their rights because let's face it, no one expects or plans to get hurt at work. It's even harder to protect your rights after the fact. In Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee workers' compensation cases, there are lots of questions that come up and time sensitive elements that, if not handled correctly, could destroy the value of your claim.

Add to that the unfortunate truth that most of the resources you would go to for answers usually have it in their best interest to keep you in the dark. You can't ask about what you don't know, right?

Workers' compensation cases in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana are complex because of all the parties involved - your employer, their workers' comp insurance carrier, health care providers, and the person who stands to gain or lose the most, you.

Injured workers are hesitant to get an attorney because things seem to be going well. Their employer has given them the time off they need to recover, they're getting their checks in the mail on time, and their health care is being covered. But what if their checks suddenly stop coming in the mail and they can't get their claim adjuster won't return their calls? What if their doctor recommends a surgery that the insurance carrier won't approve because it's too expensive? What if they take a long time to heal and their employer threatens to terminate them?

These are all very real situations that happen to people everyday, more often than we'd like to admit. Things seem to be going the way they should, until they don't, and by then it may be too late to get what you're entitled to.

Sadly the majority of workers' comp cases play out just like that because they aren't overtly bad from the start. Workers end up taking a risky gamble waiting for things to get worse or improve on their own before considering hiring an attorney.

What if you can get protection from these things for no out of pocket cash? There is very little risk to having an attorney, but you risk losing a lot without one. Find out if you're losing out - have your case evaluated for FREE.

Get My Claim Evaluated

You may think that hiring an attorney will make things worse. We get it. Saying you've lawyered up can sound aggressive and adversarial. What if your boss stops talking to you because he's afraid you'll sue?

It could happen. But the truth is, we're not interested in filing a lawsuit against your employer. We're interested in making them follow the rules just like they expect you to follow the rules. So while many people think we're out to get them, this simply isn't the case.

We hold Workers' Comp insurance companies accountable to the law. An injured worker is entitled to compensation and medical benefits allowed under the law.

You can trust the powers in play to have your best interests at heart. Or you can trust us, a team of attorneys whose job it is to protect the interests of you and your family. 

Be certain. Have your case evaluated for FREE by our team of attorneys to know for sure.

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