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Emergency Rate Hike Will Increase System Costs by at Least $163 Million 01/02/2018
State: PA | Segment: Top | 660 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 23 min read
The Insurance Department’s approval of a 6.06% rate increase stemming from the state Supreme Court’s Protz decision will raise system costs by at least $163 million, the state rating bureau says. The rate hike nearly negates a 6.2% loss cost decrease that the Insurance Departm...Read More

Employer May Be Held Liable for Cost of Massage Services 12/29/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 610 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Commonwealth Court overturned a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, finding that an employer was not liable for the cost of the massage services that an injured worker had received for a back injury. ...Read More

Extraterritorial Coverage Bill Filed Ahead of 2018 Budget Session 12/29/2017
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 591 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 85 min read
Non-residents injured while working in Wyoming could be covered by the workers’ compensation laws of their home state under a bill introduced in advance of the 2018 legislative session. ...Read More

Ex-Councilman, Motel Owner Faces Prison Time for Work Comp Fraud, Other Felonies 12/26/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 774 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
A former Red Bluff city councilman has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and three other felonies stemming from his operation of an America’s Best Value Inn in the Northern California city, the Redding Record Searchlight ...Read More

Editorial Board Urges Lawmakers to Fix State's Comp System 12/22/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 539 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Saying it's time to rebalance a workers' compensation system they believe has become heavily tilted in favor of insurers, the editorial board of a Hawaii nonprofit news site advocated for change in an editorial this week.  ...Read More

Employer Can't Take Direct Appeal of Determination of Timeliness of Claim 12/20/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 355 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that an employer could not take a direct appeal from an interlocutory ruling from the workers’ compensation court as to the timeliness of a worker’s claim filing. ...Read More

Employer Can't Avoid PTD Award Because of Failure to Raise Workforce Abandonment 12/19/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 356 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Ohio appellate court ruled that an employer was not entitled to mandamus relief denying a worker’s application for permanent total disability benefits because the employer failed to cite job market abandonment during proceedings before the state Industrial Commission. ...Read More

Employer's Expert Testimony From Doctors in Same Field Wasn't Improperly Cumulative 12/19/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 410 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that an employer did not offer improperly cumulative testimony by presenting the opinions of two physicians in the same specialty. ...Read More

E-Filing, Claims Resolution Rules Effective Jan. 1 12/19/2017
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 473 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Starting Jan. 1, most pleadings to the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration will have to be filed electronically, according to notice published in the Nov. 28 edition of the state Register.  ...Read More

Employee Misclassification Law Becomes Effective Dec. 31 12/19/2017
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 442 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The North Carolina Industrial Commission has notified stakeholders of a new employee misclassification statute that goes into effect Dec. 31. ...Read More
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