Archive October 2019
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Louisiana Workers' Compensation Decisions (January 2018)
Affirmed WCJ’s decision terminating claimant’s benefits based on her failure to prove that her ongoing complaints were related to her work accident.
Court of Appeals Upholds Louisiana Medical Treatment Guidelines Review/Appeal ProcessPatrick Robinson, Allen & Gooch
In a long-awaited decision, the First Circuit Court of Appeal has rendered a judgment in the case of Barber vs. Louisiana Workforce Commission, No. 2017 CA 0844 (La. App. 1 Cir. 10/19/2018), reversing the district court and finding the administrative review/appeal process for medical treatment of injured workers constitutional. The decision is yet another vindication of legislative intent and the cooperative effort that produced the Medical Treatment Schedule (MTS) and the utilization review process implemented under La. R.S. 23:1203.1.
The Long-term Negative Effects of Opioid Utilization
Prior to the 1990s most physicians rarely prescribed narcotics or opioids beyond a short window unless the individual had cancer. Since then there has been a growth explosion in the pain industry. The premise of long-term utilization of opioids is that there is a source of ongoing pain that never ceases in an individual and that requires constant mu receptor treatment with narcotics...
Drug Drug Interactions and Opioids:
It is well-known that all medications have side-effects. It is also known that many medications interact with each other when taken by the same person for different reasons. However, this has not stopped the rampant use of opioids and opiates in addition to other medications that react with them. Thus far, the treatment of the self-reports of pain have trumped all other health and wellness considerations.