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Workers' Compensation News

Commission Drafting Emergency Rule for Coverage Exemption Affidavits 06/14/2018
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 72 min read
The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission said Wednesday that it is drafting emergency rules and forms to implement legislation passed this year that allows independent contractors to exempt themselves from workers’ compensation coverage by filing an affidavit. Under Senat...Read More
Commission Buys Office Building for $20.4 Million 06/13/2018
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 137 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 22 min read
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is paying $20.4 million to buy a downtown Richmond office building that it has been leasing since last year. The commission bought the building at 333 E. Franklin St. from Hourigan Development, which purchased it for $13 million last yea...Read More
Comp Renewal Rates Decrease a Little Less, Ivans Finds 06/13/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Workers’ comp renewal rates were down 2.71% last month, a smaller decrease than the 2.93% drop seen in April, according to Ivans, an insurance industry exchange. The Ivans Index for May found that rates for most standard commercial lines are trending positively, except commercial au...Read More

Court Revives Staffing Agency Worker's Tort Claim Against Temp Employer 06/13/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 125 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 681 min read
The Pennsylvania Superior Court revived a worker’s tort claim against his temporary employer, finding a triable question as to whether the employer exercised enough control over the worker to make him a “borrowed employee.” ...Read More

Court Reports Sharp Drop in Claims Over Last Decade 06/13/2018
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 129 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 97 min read
Injury claims and benefits payments in Nebraska have dropped significantly in almost every category in the last 10 years, according to a report released this week by the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court. ...Read More

Chemical Manufacturer Cited for Worker's Death 06/11/2018
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 118 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
The U.S.Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a chemical manufacturer based in Greeley after an employee died due to lack of oxygen while cleaning the inside of a railcar. ...Read More

Carrier Can't Avoid Contractual Waiver of Subrogation Right 06/11/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 264 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
A divided Texas Supreme Court ruled that a carrier that waived its subrogation rights in exchange for a higher premium cannot indirectly recover the same proceeds it agreed not to pursue directly. ...Read More

Construction Worker Wasn't Entitled to Summary Judgment on Labor Law Claim 06/08/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 163 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A divided New York appellate court ruled that an injured construction worker was not entitled to summary judgment on his Labor Law Section 240(1) claim for an alleged fall from a scaffold, though the defendants were entitled to partial summary judgment on his claims under Section 241(6). ...Read More

Chiropractor Charged With Assisting Workers in Comp Fraud 06/08/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 422 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
An upstate New York chiropractor faces a number of felony charges after he allegedly faked exams and reports that helped workers fraudulently collect workers' compensation benefits, state authorities said this week. ...Read More

Court Overturns Denial of Worker's Request for Neck Surgery for 2nd Time 06/08/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 158 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board that denied a worker’s request for a neck surgery a second time, saying the board needed to make further findings about whether the compensable injury was the major contributing cause of his...Read More
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