OH - Prosecutors Say Pill Mill Doctor Killed Two Patients
Ohio prosecutors on Friday unveiled a 272-count indictment against a physician who is accused of running a pill mill out of his office in Jackson Township that overprescribed medications to the point that two patients died of overdoses.
Dr. Frank D. Lazzerini
(Stark County Jail)
The Stark County grand jury charges Dr. Frank D. Lazzerini with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and with trafficking opioids, sedatives, anti-anxiety pills and stimulants, CantonRep.com reported.
Stark County sheriff’s deputies raided Lazzerini’s office two years ago and arrested him at his...
TX - Texas Mutual Appoints Business Development Manager
Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that it has hired Benjamin A. Siddons as vice president of business development.
Siddons joins Texas Mutual with more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, seven of those in the workers’ compensation field, the carrier said. He will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies to increase revenue and profits.
Siddons most recently served as president of Redpoint Workers’ Comp (previously Texas Builders Insurance Co. and Hallmark Workers’ Comp), where he oversaw underwriting, marketing and ...
CA - Hartford to Buy Farmers Small Commercial Business
The Hartford announced a deal to acquire California-based Farmers Exchanges’ small commercial business sold through independent agents.
Hartford said it entered a renewal rights agreement to acquire Foremost Insurance Co. The small commercial independent agent book of business sold through more than 5,000 agents and brokers throughout the country had about $200 million in annual premium as of Dec. 31, 2017, according to a statement the Hartford released Monday.
The policies cover three primary lines including workers’ compensation, commercial auto and business policies for proper...
NC - Workers' Comp Defense Attorney Named Deputy Commissioner
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Charlotte workers’ compensation defense attorney Amanda Witzke has been appointed to serve as a deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Industrial Commission Chairman Charlton Allen announced Witzke’s appointment last week.
Witzke joins the Industrial Commission from the law firm of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, which represents employers and carriers in workers’ compensation and liability matters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
She holds a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of North Carolina a...
WV - Bill to Create Appellate Court Clears Senate
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A long-gestating proposal to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia has gained approval in the West Virginia Senate.
Sen. Patricia Rucker
The chamber passed Senate Bill 341 along party lines on Thursday, with all but one Democrat voting against it, The Register-Herald newspaper of Beckley, West Virginia, reported.
Business and insurance interests back SB 341, saying an intermediate appellate court system would create “some predictability and better case law,” as West Virginia Insurance Federation president Jill Rice put it.
The West Virginia Association...