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Challenge to Fraud Statute Dismissed 07/13/2006
State: LA | Segment: Courts | 107 | 0
The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a district court committed reversible error in declaring a Lousiana fraud statute unconstitutional. In the case of In re Melancon, (no. 05-CA-1702) plaintiff filed a claim against his employer Pulmonary Care Specialists, Inc., seeking workers...Read More
Claimant Will Serve Prison Time for Altering Report 07/13/2006
State: PA | Segment: Fraud | 92 | 0
A claimant who altered a doctor's medical report to receive workers' compensation benefits was sentenced to two to four years in state prison this week, the state Attorney General Tom Corbett announced in a press release. Kenneth L. Knight, 47, of Greensburg, Penn., was found guilty on ...Read More
Court Finds No FEHA Liability After Work Injuries 07/12/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 697 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California's Second Appellate District, in an opinion not certified for publication, refused to overturn a trial court's denial of a California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) action where the injured employee claimed discrimination in the return to work process after a series of work injurie...Read More
California Workers' Comp Forum Planned 07/12/2006
State: CA | Segment: Events | 190 | 0
The California Workers' Comp Forum on Oct. 18-20 in Huntington Beach will offer three days of expert speakers, public officials and cutting-edge sessions on developments in the injured-worker system. Session leaders are experts in risk mangement, workplace safety and claims management, wor...Read More
CIGA Bill on Schwarzenegger's Desk 07/12/2006
State: CA | Segment: Politics | 62 | 0
A bill that would extend the borrowing authority of the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) for two years has passed the Legislature and is on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for final approval. The state Assembly on June 29 voted 39-0 to approve Assembly Bill 3072 by the A...Read More
Court: Personal Injury Settlement Needs Employer OK 07/12/2006
State: LA | Segment: Courts | 152 | 0
A claimant forfeited his right to workers' compensation benefits by settling claims for subsequent accidents without his employer's approval, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled. In Haynes v. United Parcel Service, no. 05-C-2378 (7/6/06), several boxes fell on UPS driver Frank Haynes ...Read More
Court Separates Injury Recovery, Degenerative Disc Issues 07/12/2006
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 115 | 0
A Pennysvlania Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of terminating benefits where an injured worker had fully recovered from a slip and fall and medical evidence showed the employee's disability related to a pre-existing degenerative disc. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled in C...Read More
Court: This, too, Qualifies as Construction 07/12/2006
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 83 | 0
Florida's First District Court of Appeals ruled that the term 'construction industry' in section 440.09, Florida Statutes, is to be interpreted broadly to ensure that workers performing hazardous activities are protected. In Kurt Ficocelli Sr. v. Just Overlay, Inc., (no. 1D05-3155, ...Read More
Calif. EDI Users Must Report Sender IDs 07/11/2006
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 334 | 0
The California Division of Workers' Compensation issued a reminder Monday that its Workers' Compensation Information System (WCIS) is updating the first report of injury/second report of injury trading partner data base. A list of all claim administrator FEINs must be reported for each Send...Read More
Colorado Rates to Remain Unchanged 07/11/2006
State: CO | Segment: Regulatory | 91 | 0
The National Council on Compensation Insurance will not be filing for any changes in workers' compensation rates for 2007, the seventh year in a row that rates have remain unchanged or decreased, Insurance Commissioner David Rivera announced Monday. "The NCCI has concluded that conditions ...Read More
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