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Cosmetic surgeries as an indicator of work comp claims


Several news stories reported last week on a trend of more plastic surgeries being performed across the country at the same time that the stock market, consumer confidence, and employment numbers have risen.

The stories, such as one USA Today piece, point out that the number of people having cosmetic surgeries also fell during the recession.

In total, Americans paid for 1.6 million plastic surgeries during 2011.

The stories suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that cosmetic surgeries might serve as an economic indicator. If so, could they also serve as an indicator of workers compensation claims rising with the economy improving?

On to a serious topic.

The blog wcdefenseca recently reported on a potential trend of denying total temporary disability benefits to California workers in the country illegally because their immigration status prohibits providing them “regular, modified, or even alternative” employment.

I seem to recall courts in a few other states addressing this situation.