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Fatal Work Deaths Down Again but for 09/11 09/27/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 161 | 0
A total of 8,786 fatal work injuries were reported in 2001, including fatalities related to the September 11th terrorist attacks, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. A total of 2,886 work-related fatalities resulted f...Read More
Fee Schedules - No Correlation to Expenses 09/26/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 53 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The substantial variation in workers' compensation medical fee schedules among the states is not related to the different costs health care providers incur delivering medical services to injured workers, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The dis...Read More
Former Policeman/City Councilman - Fraud Arrest 09/19/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 60 | 0
A former police sergeant in Valley, and councilman in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and who currently is employed as head constable in the Coatesville district court was arraigned on charges of insurance fraud and theft by deception on Monday. Richard Legree, 49, of Coatesville, PN, allegedly c...Read More
Foundation Reserve in Trouble; Overseer Ordered 09/11/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 59 | 0
The Albuquerque Journal, NM, last week reported that the New Mexico Insurance Division has ordered a state appointed overseer to monitor the state's largest workers' compensation insurance company, Foundation Reserve Insurance Co. Foundation, which is owned by New Mexico Mutual Casualty Co.,...Read More
Florida PEO Leaves Customers Uninsured for Comp 09/10/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 63 | 0
The Florida Times-Union reported last week that professional employer organization (PEO) company Miralink Group Inc., of Jacksonville, FL, has left more than 1,000 small businesses out in the cold with no workers' compensation coverage.Small companies started wondering why their payrolls wer...Read More
Florida Dad/Son Accused of $1.5M Fraud 09/03/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 62 | 0
A Wewahitchka, Florida, man and his son are facing charges of racketeering and workers' compensation fraud stemming from schemes the two allegedly used to avoid more than $1.5 million in premiums for employees of their Bay County roofing business. The charges are the result of a joint investigation ...Read More
Four Comp Bills to Gov. Davis' Desk 09/03/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 58 | 0
To California Governor Gray Davis' desk last week went a number of workers' compensation bills.The state Senate late Thursday concurred with Assembly amendments and approved Senate Bill 2093 by Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, which seeks to protect the California Insurance Guarantee Associa...Read More
Florida Comp Crisis Hitting Home - Reports 08/30/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 42 | 0
The extreme workers' compensation insurance problem growing in Florida is starting to come home in the press, as stories from various Florida news sources proliferate about businesses and governmental agencies facing tough times, and blaming that state's work comp mess.The Sarasota Herald-Tr...Read More
FL Contractors Organize Protest, Call for Session 08/27/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 47 | 0
Florida's huge workers' compensation woes continue as the Governor's Commission on Workers' Compensation heard a loud protest last Wednesday by contractors who say the new law requiring all workers to be covered by workers' comp on commercial construction projects is threatening to drive them out of...Read More
FL Woman Not Guilty of WC Fraud says Jury 08/23/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 71 | 0
The Stuart News in Florida reported a story contrary to the usual fraud cases – a jury's finding of innocence of a suspended school district secretary against charges of filing a fraudulent workers compensation claim. The St. Lucie, FL jury deliberated for almost two days before acquitting...Read More
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