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Workers' Compensation News


Employers Dictate Pharmacy Provider for Comp Claims 07/03/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 674 | 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

Employer Assessments for Comp Fund Will Drop 20% for Fiscal 2018 06/29/2017
State: VT | Segment: NORTH | 419 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Employers paying into the Workers’ Compensation Administration Fund will see their assessments drop by 20% beginning Saturday. ...Read More

Employer Can Be Penalized for UEGF's Belated Payment of Benefits 06/27/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 361 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Monday ruled that an employer can be subjected to a penalty for failing to provide the prompt payment of benefits to an injured worker, even if the award was paid by the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund. ...Read More

Employer's Provision of Prescription Card Wasn't Payment of 'Compensation' 06/27/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 367 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that an employer’s provision of a “prescription card” does not constitute a payment of “compensation” that would start the clock on the employer’s ability to controvert a worker’s claim. ...Read More

Employer Accuses Brokers of Providing False Certificate of Coverage 06/26/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 796 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Central California employer is suing insurance brokers, two brokerage firms and a professional employer organization of selling her bogus workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Ethics Committee Affirms Judicial Violations on Six Complaints 06/26/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1131 | 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 | 296 | 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 | 2000 | 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 | 482 | 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 | 526 | 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
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