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Court Tosses Award of $37,229 in Interest for Belated Payment of Medical Bills 04/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 198 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
The Illinois Appellate Court overturned an award of $37,229 in interest to two treatment providers for a comp carrier’s belated payment for services. ...Read More

Commercial Vehicle Insurance Measure Heading to Governor 04/30/2018
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 206 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 37 min read
A bill seeking to clarify coverage requirements for independent contractors who drive commercial vehicles is heading to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper. ...Read More

Court Overturns Directed Verdict for Contractor 04/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 624 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 38 min read
The Nebraska Court of Appeals revived an injured worker’s negligence action against the general contractor for a construction project, finding a directed verdict should not have been granted to the contractor under a theory of liability that was not advanced by the worker. ...Read More

California Ranks Fourth Highest in Total Claim Cost, WCRI Study Finds 04/27/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1321 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
California ranked fourth-highest in terms of average claim costs among 18 states examined in a new study, and one contributing factor is the relatively high percentage of claims with more than seven days of lost time. ...Read More

Changes to Voc-Rehab Fees Would Be Cost-Neutral, Department Says 04/27/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: MN | Segment: Top | 210 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The Minnesota Department of Labor has announced what officials are calling "cost-neutral" changes to workers' compensation vocational rehabilitation fees. ...Read More

Court Overturns Summary Judgment Denying Exclusivity Defense 04/27/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 214 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 74 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that an employer should not have been denied the ability to assert an exclusive remedy defense to a worker’s personal injury claim, as a matter of law. ...Read More

Court Says It Lacks Authority to Review Temporary Awards of Benefits 04/27/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 131 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to review an employer’s challenge to a worker’s award of temporary total disability benefits. ...Read More

Court Clarifies Task-Loss Analysis for Worker Who Didn't Abide by 'Permanent' Restrictions 04/27/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KS | Segment: NORTH | 142 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 71 min read
The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled that an assessment of a worker’s lost ability to perform work tasks cannot include “theoretical work tasks” precluded by medical restrictions for a prior injury if the worker never followed the limitations. ...Read More

Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment to Worker for Fall From Unsecured Ladder 04/26/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that an injured worker was entitled to summary judgment on his Labor Law Section 240(1) claim based on his fall from a ladder, but there were still triable issues as to whether the Industrial Code had been violated. ...Read More

Committee Moves Comp Bills Toward Final Vote 04/26/2018
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 154 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
An ad hoc committee of the Hawaii Legislature passed bills that would impose new requirements on doctors prescribing opioids to injured workers, and would increase payment to doctors treating firefighters with admitted cancer claims. ...Read More
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