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Workers' Compensation News


Ethics Committee Affirms Judicial Violations on Six Complaints 06/26/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1137 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Workers’ Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee identified five violations of judicial ethics and one “technical violation” in 42 complaints it resolved last year. ...Read More

Eric Halter to Lead AF Group's New AF Specialty Unit 06/26/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 301 | 0 | Popular with Legal
AF Group has hired Eric Halter as director of its newly launched brand, AF Specialty, which will provide fronting capacity to insurance carriers, managing general agents, reinsurance intermediaries and captive managers. ...Read More

Employer Can't Apportion Liability for Disability From Poor Surgical Outcome 06/23/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2010 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 2nd District Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that an employer with a legal obligation to provide medical treatment to an injured worker is responsible for any disability arising directly from an unsuccessful medical intervention, without apportionment to any non-industrial causes for the un...Read More

Employer Can't Advance Billing Dispute Claim at OWC 06/23/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 487 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that an employer could not bring an administrative action disputing its obligation to pay a hospital’s bill for treating an injured employee. ...Read More

Excessive Worry About Pain May Cause Cascade of Problems 06/21/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 529 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Pain catastrophizing — a condition in which a patient’s concerns about pain are exaggerated or overblown — has been associated with an array of negative outcomes, including opioid misuse and greater disability. ...Read More

Edwards Signs Opioid Bills Into Law 06/13/2017
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 454 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed three pieces of legislation aimed at curbing Louisiana’s opioid epidemic, even as efforts to establish a workers’ comp drug formulary fell short in this year’s legislative session. ...Read More

Eastern Alliance Buys Great Falls' Comp Renewal Rights 06/09/2017
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 457 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of ProAssurance Corp., announced on Thursday that it will purchase the renewal rights to Great Falls Insurance Co.’s book of workers’ compensation business. ...Read More

Express Scripts Rolls Out Opioid Management Program 06/08/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 554 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Express Scripts has launched a new opioid management program aimed at minimizing patients’ initial exposure to opioids, and helping to prevent progression to overuse and abuse. ...Read More
Employers Names VP of Enterprise Program Management 06/06/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 407 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers Holdings Inc. named Scott R. Grinna vice president of enterprise program management. Employers said Grinna brings more than 25 years of information technology experience to the new position, where he will oversee implementation of a new computer system. Grinna will repor...Read More

Employer Gets Summary Judgment on Injured Worker's Retaliatory Discharge Claim 06/02/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 508 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Texas appellate court ruled that an employer was entitled to summary judgment on its motion to dismiss a worker’s claim that he had been fired in retaliation for pursuing comp benefits. ...Read More
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