MA - Trolley Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Staging Workplace Assault
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A Massachusetts trolley driver accused of staging a workplace assault in order to collect workers’ compensation benefits has pleaded not guilty to fraud.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says that in 2016 46-year-old Thomas Lucey paid a friend $2,000 to attack him in front of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority cameras. The friend, wearing a pumpkin mask, pulled Lucy off of the train he was driving and repeatedly punched him.
Lucey collected at least $30,561.72 in benefits after the fake assault, which continued until he was indicted in February...
IL - Chicago Bears Paid $13 Million in WC Claims to Players
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The Chicago Bears football organization and its insurer have paid some $13 million in workers' compensation settlements with injured players since 2000, Forbes magazine reported.
The team settled 458 cases, most of them involving former players, including such well-known names as Brian Urlacher, Matt Forte and Devin Hester. Linebacker Urlacher settled for $550,000 for claims filed between 2009 and 2014, the magazine reported this week.
The largest amount for a single injury was $400,000, to wide receiver Johnny Knox for a career-ending spinal injury in 2011. Great Divide Insura...
TX - Service Lloyds Parent Buys Shell Insurer to Aid Expansion
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Service Insurance Holdings, a monoline workers’ comp carrier, announced Wednesday the acquisition of American Healthcare Indemnity Co., an Oklahoma-domiciled carrier that sells medical malpractice insurance.
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The insurance group, which is the parent of Austin, Texas-based Service Lloyds Insurance Co., said the goal of the purchase is a gradual expansion of the company’s business geographically. The purchase will allow it to write workers’ compensation insurance in up to 48 states, the company said.
"The launch of Service American Indemnity Com...
NY - Buffalo Woman Pleads to Collecting Benefits While Running Business
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A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the New York workers' compensation system of more than $48,000, having collected $319 a week in benefits while making thousands from selling products on eBay, according to the New York State Inspector General's office.
Caroline Jankowski, 44, injured her back in 2012 while working at a nursing home. While collecting benefits, she continued her internet business on eBay and earned nearly $53,000 from it. She was less than honest about her internet income with investigators, Inspector General Leahy Scott announce...
CO - Pinnacol to Mail $50 Million in Dividend Checks
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Businesses in Colorado covered by the state-chartered Pinnacol Assurance should soon receive their share of the $50 million dividend that the carriers’ board of directors approved last year.
Pinnacol said in a statement that 94% of its policyholders, or nearly 53,000 employers, qualify for the dividend. The average check per policyholder is $944.
Employers with policies that expired between June 2, 2016, and June 1, 2017, are eligible for the dividend. Polices must be in good standing, and in most cases, the underwriting program or policy must have a loss ratio better than 71.3%, the c...