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Workers' Comp: CA Bill Would Stop Insurers From Suspending Care

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A ProPublica/NPR investigation into the case of a paralyzed worker prompted the state to warn insurance companies that they can't arbitrarily change treatment plans.

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'I Lost A Hand And This Is Workman's Comp. ... I Didn't Lose A Hook!'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dennis Whedbee's experience illustrates the trade-offs for injured workers as states and insurance carriers seek to trim workers' comp by gaining more control over treatment decisions.

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Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers' Comp Benefits For Amputees

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

A proposal to nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who lose a limb follows an investigation that showed Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country.

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Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process

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Morning Edition

Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

Monday, March 30, 2015

In 10 states, injured workers are finding it more difficult to get or keep medical treatment their doctors prescribe because of reforms to workers' comp laws.

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All Things Considered

Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

While industry and government officials agree something needs to be done to prevent the tens of thousands of debilitating injuries among nursing staff, nobody can agree how to enforce it.

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California Auditing Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide

Monday, March 16, 2015

After a NPR/ProPublica investigation of state changes in workers' compensation laws, the California labor department says it will review the case of paralyzed worker Joel Ramirez.

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Feds Add Coal-Dust Coverup Allegation To Mine CEO's Indictment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Six weeks before trial, the government accused Don Blankenship of hiding the true levels of breathable coal dust in a West Virginia mine that later exploded. He already faced conspiracy charges.

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Morning Edition

As Workers' Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price

Friday, March 06, 2015

Injured workers who are dependent on workers' compensation have faced eroding benefits. We go to Alabama and Georgia, where the value of an amputated arm is $700,000 more just across the state line.

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Morning Edition

'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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Morning Edition

Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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Morning Edition

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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.

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All Things Considered

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a lead among other hospital systems in the country to keep nurses and other staff from getting injured when they move and lift patients.

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Red Cross Criticizes NPR's Coverage; NPR And ProPublica Respond

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NPR and ProPublica investigated the charity's response to Superstorm Sandy and other disasters as well as its finances.

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All Things Considered

Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When Terry Cawthorn severely injured her back on the job, Mission Hospital refused to take responsibility — an attitude toward nurses that NPR found in hospitals across the U.S.

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All Things Considered

Even 'Proper' Technique Exposes Nurses' Spines To Dangerous Forces

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What exactly is happening to nurses' backs when they move and lift patients? NPR's Daniel Zwerdling teamed with scientists for a high-tech look inside his own back as he tried the same maneuvers.

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All Things Considered

Jail Time For Unpaid Court Fines And Fees Can Create Cycle Of Poverty

Monday, February 09, 2015

Lawsuits filed in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., seek justice for impoverished people who are jailed, sometimes for weeks, for not being able to pay what they owe the cities.

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Morning Edition

Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

NPR got an advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit being filed that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.

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Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries nearly every year. But many career-ending injuries could be prevented if hospitals brought in new technology and taught "safe patient handling."

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Morning Edition

Pentagon Identifies World War II Veteran Featured In NPR/ProPublica Investigation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

After a long legal battle waged by a family member, the remains of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder have been identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

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