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CWCI Warns of Unintended Consequences With SB 335 05/07/2021
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0 | Popular with Legal
Halving the length of time available for employers to accept claims and increasing employers’ liability for medical benefits while assessing liability could have unintended consequences, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said Thursday. ...Read More
 
 

Owner of Construction Company Accused of Premium Fraud 05/07/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 0 | Popular with Legal
The owner of a construction company in Fresno self-surrendered Thursday after a warrant was issued for her arrest on six felony counts of fraud, the California Department of Insurance announced. ...Read More
 
 

Construction Firm Owner Pleads to Workers' Comp Fraud 05/07/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 0 | Popular with Legal
The owner of a large Bay Area construction firm admitted to committing felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud after years of firing employees when they requested medical treatment for work-related injuries, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced. ...Read More
 
 

Health Care Workers Drove Increase in Psych Claims During Pandemic, Data Shows 05/07/2021
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0 | Popular with Legal
Mental health claims increased 2.4% last year, and the rise was driven almost exclusively by an unusually sharp uptick in health care workers filing claims for anxiety and depression-related conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by claims management company Sedgwick....Read More
 
 

Injured Worker Can Seek Punitive Damages in Bad-Faith Suit 05/07/2021
State: DE | Segment: SOUTH | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Delaware Superior Court ruled that an injured worker provided enough evidence of willful or wanton misconduct by his employer’s insurance carrier to pursue punitive damages on his bad-faith claim. ...Read More
 
 

Welder Gets Award Despite Late Report of Work Causation 05/07/2021
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a welder was entitled to benefits for an injury that he belatedly reported to his employer, but he was not entitled to penalties and attorney fees. ...Read More
 
 

No PTD Benefits for Airline Worker With Finger Injuries, Psychological Sequala 05/07/2021
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that an airline employee was not entitled to permanent total disability benefits for injuries to her fingers and psychological sequala. ...Read More
 
 

Generic for Lyrica Could Lower Claim Costs 05/07/2021
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0 | Popular with Legal
A generic pregabalin extended-release tablet that hit the market in April will likely lower costs on claims that include Lyrica CR as part of the medication regimen, according to Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-Fault. ...Read More
 
 
Study: Outpatient Costs Higher Where Comp Fee Regulations Limited 05/07/2021
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 0 | Popular with Insurance
States with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules for hospital outpatient care had exponentially higher costs nationwide, according to a report released Thursday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. ...Read More
 
 

WCAB Chairwoman Zalewski Reappointed 05/06/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1 | Popular with Legal
California Gov. Gavin Newsom reappointed Katherine Zalewski to serve a six-year term on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Zalew...Read More
 
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