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January 1997, Vol. 120, No. 1
Charles A. Berreth
Kentucky redefined "injury" as a traumatic work-related event, including cumulative trauma, causing harmful bodily change; removed the harmful effects of aging from the criteria; removed references to wage-earning capacity from the definition of disability; allowed arbitrators, now a part of the adjudication procedures, to refer employees for evaluation to State medical schools, and gave ensuing reports presumptive weight in claims resolution; gave American Medical Association guidelines greater emphasis in permanent partial disability ratings; and revised the limitations on attorney's fees.
New York applied the exclusive remedy doctrine to third-party suits when the employee is acting within the scope of employment, unless the third party is severly injured. A new workers' compensation inspector general now investigates fraud. The larger insurers must set up full-time special investigation units with trained personnel. Insurers may not contract with preferred provider organizations for employee medical care.
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