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Workers' Compensation News


Carrier Seeking Court Order to Avoid Defending Attorney From Capping Charges 09/25/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1656 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Insurance carriers are apparently reluctant to pay lawyers to defend policyholders who are accused of defrauding other insurers. Evanston Insuranc...Read More

Court Upholds Injunction Barring BWC From Refusing to Pay Schedule Awards as Lump Sum 09/25/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 253 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Ohio appellate court upheld the imposition of an injunction against the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation that bars the agency from refusing to issue schedule loss benefits in a lump sum. ...Read More

Carrier Cannot Require Treating Doctor to Use IME Provider as Consulting Psychologist 09/25/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 184 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that an insurer cannot designate a psychologist to be its independent medical examiner and the consulting psychologist for claimant’s treating physician. ...Read More

Court Overturns Summary Judgment in Labor Law Claim 09/25/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 219 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court overturned a grant of summary judgment in favor of a worker who had fallen from a scaffold, saying it was prematurely issued before all of the defendants had an opportunity to depose the worker. ...Read More

Congressman Attempts to Undermine State's Scaffold Law 09/22/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 723 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A freshman congressman from New York plans to introduce legislation to withhold federal dollars from construction projects that hold contractors and property owners liable for gravity-related injuries without regard to whether the worker was negligent. ...Read More

Court Rejects Worker's Invasion of Privacy Claim for Drug Testing by Employer 09/22/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 357 | 0 | Popular with Employer
The Court of Appeals ruled that a railway worker could not state a viable claim against his employer for violating his privacy by drug testing him. ...Read More

Courts Determine Wet Pavement Is Not 'Hazardous Condition' 09/21/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: IL | Segment: Top | 225 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An employee who slipped and fell on wet pavement while walking to her car to take a lunch break is not eligible for workers' compensation benefits because she was not exposed to any greater risk than the general public would have been, the 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois decided Tues...Read More

Clerical Worker Entitled to Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 09/21/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 187 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a clerical worker was entitled to benefits for her carpal tunnel syndrome. Case:...Read More

Court Upholds Modification of Worker's Award, Resumption of TD Benefits 09/21/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 244 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the modification of an award of benefits to an injured worker based on his two periods of post-injury employment, as well as the resumption of total disability benefits after his last period of employment ended. ...Read More

Commission Going Paperless for Claims 30 Months After Legislative Mandate 09/20/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OK | Segment: Top | 302 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission will require that all claims information be submitted via electronic data interchange (EDI) on Jan. 1 — two and a half years after the Legislature mandated its implementation. ...Read More
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