LexisNexis Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues – 2014 Honorees: MEDVAL, LLC

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MEDVAL News, News and Events on December 22, 2014 | Posted by Kimberly Wiswell, CMSP

Appearing for our sixth consecutive year on the LexisNexis Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues honorees list is our blog, “The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog and Information Resource”. As 2014 draws to a close, the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’ Compensation combed through more than 200 blog sites that cater to the workers’ comp and workplace safety world. To quote LexisNexis, “The world of workers’ compensation and workplace safety continues to be a challenging one. Attorneys, risk managers, academics and other comp world decision-makers can no longer concentrate on “traditional” claimant vs. employer pressures/issues. Their professional lives have been made much more complex due to pressures supplied by national and local politics as well as stresses caused by the competitive international economy. Continued changes in healthcare law, in OSHA regulations, in the medico-legal arena are expected. There may be no better way to monitor these changes, to avoid pitfalls and to maneuver the complex arena of workers’ compensation and workplace safety than regularly perusing these Top Blogs.”

As in years past, the bulk of the writing is offered by our general counsel, Jennifer C. Jordan. In particular, LexisNexis noted two specific postings of great relevance to the workers’ comp community – our October 29 piece, “When MSA Surgery Occurs Between Settlement and State WC Approval” , provides a cautionary examination of what can happen when the parties are so anxious to settle a claim that they fail to wait for MMI and, therefore, don’t adequately allow for upcoming surgical costs; the employer was essentially saddled with paying them twice. And our March 24 post, “Louisiana Attorneys Seek MSA Seed Money as Fee” , provides a warning as well. This time the recipients of Jordan’s expertise were claimant attorneys who bifurcate their claim (into an indemnity portion that quickly can be settled) and a medical portion (which must take MSA issues into consideration).

Our sincere thanks go out to LexisNexis for this honor in recognition of our efforts, as well as our congratulations to the other honorees, who include Bob Wilson of “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk” ; Mark Walls of Safety National’s “Conference Chronicles” ; and Joe Paduda of “Managed Care Matters”.