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Exclusive Remedy Bars Worker Injured in Car Accident From Suing Coworker 07/21/2017
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 545 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Knoxville appeals court held that the Tennessee workers' compensation law's exclusive remedy provision barred an injured worker from suing his coworker for negligence.  ...Read More

Employers Try Targeting Wellness Programs to Frequently Injured Workers 07/18/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 554 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A wellness program that targets so-called frequent fliers in workers’ comp — employees with two or more work-related injuries within two years — has so far shaved $4 million off expected claim costs among participants at the University of California, Los Angeles. ...Read More

Exxon Faces $165K in OSHA Fines Following Refinery Explosion 07/17/2017
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 327 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Exxon Mobil Corp. is facing proposed federal penalties of $165,000 stemming from nine alleged safety violations discovered following an explosion that injured four workers at a Baton Rouge refinery last year. ...Read More

Excess Coverage Provider for JPA Isn't Liable for Untimely Noticed Claim 07/14/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1294 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court this week ruled that the Marin School Insurance Authority could not seek coverage from its excess liability coverage provider when it did not give prompt notice of a claim, as a matter of law. ...Read More

Employer's Interference With Worker's Filing of Claim Warranted Extension of Filing Period 07/11/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 395 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A unanimous West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a worker’s comp claim wasn’t time-barred since the employer had deliberately interfered with his ability to file his claim. ...Read More

Employer's Denial of Claim Doesn't Waive Right to Subrogation 07/10/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 559 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Commonwealth Court last week ruled that an employer’s denial of a workers' compensation claim does not forfeit its ability to partake in any recovery that the claimant may obtain from a third party in connection with that accident. ...Read More

Employer Gets Summary Judgment After 2nd Dismissal of Appeal 07/07/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 547 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Ohio appellate court ruled that an employer was entitled to judgment on the pleadings in an appeal challenging an Industrial Commission decision to expand the scope of a worker’s comp claim. ...Read More

En Banc Court Splits 7-6 on Apportionment Without Combined Condition 07/05/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 561 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A narrowly divided Oregon Court of Appeals last week ruled that an employer can apportion a worker’s permanent partial disability from a knee injury to pre-existing arthritis in the knee. ...Read More

Employers: Dispute Is Part of Loosening Disease Causation Standards 07/03/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: WA | Segment: Top | 608 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Washington employers say a case pending before the state Supreme Court highlights the judicial expansion of causation standards for occupational disease claims and demonstrates why lawmakers appropriated $250,000 in the budget for a study of best practices to determine when diseases are caused by...Read More

Employers Dictate Pharmacy Provider for Comp Claims 07/03/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 786 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Louisiana Supreme Court ruled last week that employers have the authority to select the pharmacy that fills an injured employee’s prescriptions. ...Read More
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