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Study proposes closed formulary in NC to cut workers’ comp costs

Paying benefits to injured workers isn’t cheap, and states are continually working to come up with ways to make the system more efficient and to reduce the number and cost of claims. One of the recent recommendations from a new study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute is that North Carolina’s workers’ compensation systems could benefit from a closed drug formulary, or a system in which there is a defined list of the drugs the workers’ compensation system would cover.

Things Every Truck Driver Should Know About Workers' Comp in North Carolina

Compared with the general public, commercial truck drivers are much more likely to encounter health problems. This is the case for a number of reasons linked to the nature of the job: long hours, stress, irregular schedules, limited physical activity, and lack of healthy food options while on the road.

Workers’ compensation coverage and the “by accident” requirement, P.3

In previous posts, we’ve been discussing the “by accident” requirement. As we’ve said, the by accident requirement generally excludes coverage for injuries which occur gradually and injuries which occur as part of the ordinary course of work and not as part of a separate event deemed an accident.

Workers’ compensation coverage and the “by accident” requirement, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about workers’ compensation coverage and the “by accident” requirement, under which a worker is only entitled to workers’ comp benefits if his or her injury was preceded and caused by a separate event that can be classified as an accident.

Workers’ compensation coverage and the “by accident” requirement, P.1

There are a wide variety of injuries that can occur on the job, regardless of the kind of job under consideration. Some workplace injuries are covered by the workers’ compensation system, while others are not. The primary requirement for coverage, which we’ve mentioned before on this blog, is that the injury was caused by an accident or event arising out of and in the course of employment.

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