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Construction Boom Expected to Give Comp a Big Boost 11/29/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 324 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Sales of new single-family homes in the U.S. hit a 10-year high in October, the latest sign of a rebound in the construction industry — a trend that is mainly good news for workers’ comp insurers. ...Read More

Court Tosses Widow's Suit Against BWC for Alleged Negligence 11/29/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 135 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Ohio Court of Claims ruled that a worker’s widow failed to state a viable claim against the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for negligence in providing safety advice to her late husband's employer. ...Read More

County Worker Accused of Faking Car-Crash Injuries 11/29/2017
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 194 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Essex County employee has been charged with insurance fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for wage reimbursement and disability for work she purportedly missed due to motor vehicle accidents, according to the New J...Read More

Court Upholds PTD Award for Worker's Long-Term Exposure to Paper Dust 11/29/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 139 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled that a worker was entitled to permanent total disability benefits for his repertory problems from exposure to paper dust over the course of his 42-year tenure with his employer. ...Read More

Commission Proposes Tweaks to General and Procedural Rules 11/29/2017
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 144 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission is proposing to update its general and procedural rules for the first time in five years “to maintain the efficiency” of the agency. ...Read More

Claimant Who Ran Insurance Agency Sentenced to 60 Days 11/28/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 180 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Washington state claimant who ran his own insurance agency while collecting workers’ compensation benefits was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution that the Department of Labor & Industries says amounts to more than $233,000. ...Read More

Commission Abused Discretion in Resetting Start Date for PTD Award 11/28/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Ohio appellate court ruled that the Industrial Commission abused its discretion in adjusting the start date for a worker’s permanent total disability award based upon the report of a physician, which the commission had not relied upon to find the worker permanently and totally disab...Read More

Correctional Officer Accused of Forging Documents to Take Time Off for Work Injury 11/27/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 199 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New York authorities arrested a state correctional officer on Friday on charges that he submitted dozens of forged medical records so that he could avoid working but receive full pay, the state Inspector General’s Office said. ...Read More

Credibility Argument Persuades Jury to Exclude Future Medical From 3rd-Party Award 11/22/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 855 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Despite a successful third-party lawsuit, a workers’ compensation carrier must still pay to treat an injured forklift operator because the suit’s damages did not include an award for future medical benefits. ...Read More

Court Rules Against Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Fee Schedule Case 11/22/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NC | Segment: Top | 1058 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ambulatory surgery centers are not separate and legally distinct from hospitals, overturning a Wake County Superior Court decision that invalidated a new Medicare-based fee schedule for ASCs. ...Read More
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