OH - Postal Worker Raced Motorcycles While on Benefits, Indictment Says
A former Ohio mail carrier fell on ice in 2011, injured his knee, and received almost $94,000 in workers' compensation benefits over the next two years.
During that time, he also participated in 35 motorcycle races, according to an indictment that was reported by the Dayton Daily News.
Jerry French was indicted in federal court last week for making allegedly false statements to doctors and his employer, saying he couldn't work for a year and then could only stand light duty after that, the report said.
Agents with the Postal Service's Inspector General's Office observed...
NJ - Veteran Fire Captain Gets $270,000 in WC Retaliation Claim
The Paterson City Council this week agreed to pay a former fire captain $270,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed the 26-year veteran was dismissed because of a workers' compensation payout, the Paterson Times newspaper reported.
Former Capt. Carl Larson claimed retaliation and age discrimination after he said he was forced to retire in 2013 after winning more than $105,000 in injury benefits. His case was initially dismissed in court, but an appeals court in October ruled in his favor on several points.
The fire chief at the time allegedly told Larson that the city felt that the fire ca...
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...