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Workers' Compensation News


Employer's Termination of Worker Two Years Post-Accident Wasn't Retaliatory 05/01/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 451 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Texas appellate court ruled that a worker who was fired more than two years after he injured his leg failed to prove he was fired in retaliation for pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. ...Read More

Employers Net Income Up 6% in 1st Quarter 04/28/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 439 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers Holdings on Thursday reported net income of $23.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, 6% better than the $21.8 million in profits reported in the first quarter of last year.  ...Read More

Employer Not Liable to 3rd-Party Tortfeasor Under Theory of Implied Indemnity 04/25/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: AR | Segment: Top | 315 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Arkansas Court of Appeals last week ruled that a telephone company had no obligation to provide indemnification to a third party who drove into a low-hanging wire and injured its employee. ...Read More

Experts: To Save on Claims, Look for Fraud and Question Mechanism of Injury 04/21/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 608 | 0 | Popular with Legal
AUSTIN, Texas — Employers and carriers not only can hold down costs by referring suspected claimant fraud for investigation, but they need to use the “forgotten defense” of challenging the mechanism of the injury, a Houston defense attorney says. ...Read More
EOHHS Seeks to Update Rules on Surgery, Radiology, Dentistry, Anesthesia 04/21/2017
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 524 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services will hold two public hearings on May 12 about replacing rules on surgery, anesthesia, chiropractic services, radiology and dental services, the agency announced. The first hearing, which begins at 10 a.m., will discuss the ad...Read More

E-Cigarette Use May Have Multiple Implications for Comp 04/19/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 518 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Navy last week announced a ban on e-cigarettes aboard ships, after several sailors were injured due to explosions of the devices. Sailors hav...Read More

Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Work Comp Refunds Intended for Employer 04/19/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 206 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to diverting $328,000 in workers' compensation refunds intended for her employer to bank accounts she controlled, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio ...Read More

Eight-Month Time Frame to Establish Formulary Will Be Tight, Experts Say 04/12/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 589 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The governor and lawmakers directed the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to establish a drug formulary by Jan. 1, but that will be extremely difficult to accomplish in eight months unless an existing model is used, some experts say. ...Read More

Employer Lost Ability to Raise Defense That Wasn't Included in Pre-Trial Stipulation 04/12/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 264 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that an employer’s failure to identify its defense to a worker’s request for a change in authorized treating doctor as part of its pretrial stipulations resulted in forfeiture of the defense. ...Read More

ERD Holding Presentation on Formulary 04/06/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 306 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Montana Employment Relations Division is hosting a two-hour online presentation about ACOEM’s prescription drug formulary today. ...Read More
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