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Workers' Compensation News

Best Downgrades HIH to Weak 03/22/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 49 | 0
A.M. Best Co. reported yesterday that it downgraded the financial strength rating of HIH America Group, San Francisco, from B+ (Very Good) to C (Weak). Best said that the rating action is reflective of HIH America's current run-off status and the liquidation of HIH Insurance Ltd., the gro...Read More
Board Commissioner Burton Dies 03/20/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 73 | 0
The WorkComp Executive reported yesterday that WCAB Commissioner Robert E. Burton died Sunday night.The brother of State Senator John Burton (D-San Francisco), Robert Burton was a non-lawyer member of the Board who held the labor seat and was Governor Gray...Read More
Best Lowers Rating on Paula 03/12/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 48 | 0
Paula Insurance Co., Pasadena, Calif., has had its financial strength rating by A.M. Best Co. lowered to B- (Fair) from B (Fair). Best has placed the company under review with developing implications. Best says in a statement that the rating action reflects Paula's increased underwriting ...Read More
Bizarre Death of WC Claims Manager is Murder 03/05/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 63 | 0
The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday 3/3/01 that Robert Salazar, 37, of Houston, Texas, was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder for the 1996 death of a co-worker with whom he was having sex on a hotel balcony. She had fallen from the balcony to her death. Sandra Lorena Orellan...Read More
Burlington Northern Stops Genetic Testing 02/20/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 79 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad agreed to stop genetic testing of employees who filed claims for work-related injuries after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit. Allegedly tests were conducted on 20 employees to detect chromosome 17 deletion, which has been li...Read More
Bakersfield Man Arraigned on Comp Fraud 12/18/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 85 | 0
California Department of Insurance (CDI) Fraud Investigators announced today the arraignment of a Bakersfield resident. Grant Martinelli, 34, of Bakersfield was arraigned today in Department G of Kern County Superior Court and pled not guilty to two counts of making false material stateme...Read More
Back Belts Ineffective Study Says 12/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 89 | 0
A study of more than 9,000 Wal-Mart workers published in today's (12/6/00) Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that workers who wore the belts regularly while lifting were just as likely to report lower back pain and to file workers' compensation claims as those who wore the belts rarely, i...Read More
Best Downgrades Fremont 12/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 97 | 0
Effective December 01, 2000 Fremont Compensation Insurance Group, Glendale, CA, was downgraded by A.M. Best Co. from B (Fair) to E (Under Regulatory Supervision) and removed from under review.Best said in a press release that the rating action follows the agreement Fremont...Read More
Best Study Finds 3.7% 1999 Premium Increase 11/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 94 | 0
A.M. Best released a two-page statistical study October 30 concluding that the top 100 companies writing workers...Read More
Bakersfield Employers Arrested for Comp Fraud 11/02/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 88 | 0
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