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Judge: QMEs Denied Reappointment Should Get Hearing Within Three Months 12/14/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 379 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The two-year certification cycle for qualified medical evaluators means the Division of Workers’ Compensation can’t reasonably be required to provide a hearing before denying reappointment, but it also means the division has to ensure providers get a court date shortly after it issues...Read More
 
 

Exclusive Remedy Didn't Shield Supervisor From Claims of Assault and Battery 12/14/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 297 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court ruled that the exclusive remedy provision of the workers’ compensation law did not bar a worker from suing her former supervisor after he allegedly threw a phone at her and knocked her unconscious by pushing her into a door. ...Read More
 
 

Audit Standards Tighten for 2018 12/14/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 342 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Claims administration services will need to score better in 2018 than they did this year to pass the initial stage of annual audits and avoid a more stringent review of claim files. ...Read More
 
 

'Corporate Bullying': Court Addresses Light-Duty Job Offers Made in Bad Faith 12/14/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 125 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Stationing an injured worker in a lunchroom to do "web-based training" and some filing did not amount to a good-faith offer of light-duty work, the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. ...Read More
 
 

$1.9 Million Digitalization Project Nearing End 12/14/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 176 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A vendor hired by the Division of Workers’ Compensation for nearly $1.9 million will complete a 14-month project next week to digitize millions of paper records, officials said. ...Read More
 
 

VA Director Taking Over Department of Business and Consumer Services 12/14/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 152 | 0 | Popular with Array
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday appointed Cameron Smith as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the parent agency of the Workers' Compensation Division and Board. ...Read More
 
 

Report: High Injury Rate Perplexes Officials 12/14/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 158 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Despite their best efforts to uncover the root causes, officials in Montana are unable to explain the state’s high workplace injury rate, according to a ...Read More
 
 
Workplace Injury Rate Drops More Than 14% 12/14/2017
State: UT | Segment: WEST | 133 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The rate of occupational injuries and illnesses dropped 14.3% from 2015 to 2016, the Utah Labor Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Division announced. The agency said the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors fell to three injuries or illnes...Read More
 
 
Maximum Benefit Rate Increasing 3.9% 12/14/2017
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 59 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission has approved a maximum weekly workers’ compensation benefit rate of $838.21 effective Jan. 1, a 3.9% increase over the current-year rate.  Under state law, the maximum compensation rate is set each year at 100% of the st...Read More
 
 

Doctor's Inconsistent Report Couldn't Support Award of PTD 12/14/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 88 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Ohio Appellate Court ruled that a medical report did not constitute “some evidence” to support an award of permanent total disability benefits to a factory worker, as the doctor had issued inconsistent opinions on the patient's ability to work. ...Read More
 
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