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Workers' Compensation News


House Approves Proposed Penalty for Refusing to Authorize Release of Medical Data 02/28/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 370 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
The Montana House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow carriers to deny liability or terminate benefits being paid to an injured worker who refuses to authorize the release of medical records. ...Read More

High Court Affirms Odd-Lot Status for Farmworker With Crushed Hand 02/27/2017
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The Idaho Supreme Court affirmed a state Industrial Commission ruling that a 57-year-old seasonal farmworker whose right hand and forearm were crushed by a conveyer belt was permanently and totally disabled under the odd-lot doctrine. ...Read More

House to Vote on Bill Restoring Enforcement Positions 02/24/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 413 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 42 min read
Two committees of the Hawaii House of Representatives have approved a measure that would add two full-time enforcement specialists to ensure employers comply with the state’s workers’ compensation, temporary disability insurance and prepaid health care laws. ...Read More

High Court Sorts Out Fee Squabble in $8 Million Labor Law Case 02/13/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: Top | 394 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
New York's highest court ruled that an attorney couldn't stiff her former co-counsel on a Labor Law case, although she wasn't required to give 40% of the fees to her new co-counsel, either. ...Read More

Head-Injury Facilities Must Follow Workers' Comp Rules 02/07/2017
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 393 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 7 min read
A rule adopted this week by the New Jersey Department of Human Services clarifies that community facilities for head injury patients must follow workers’ compensation rules for employees. ...Read More

Horse Racing Group Announces Increase in Comp Costs 01/31/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 600 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The California Thoroughbred Business League is raising workers’ compensation fees for 2017. The league, which oversees the funds used to p...Read More

Health Care Workers to Receive Greater Protection From Violence 01/31/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 567 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
When health care workers at Stanford Healthcare — ValleyCare in Northern California see an orange magnetic dot on the door frame of a patient’s room, they know that the patient has been deemed potentially violent and that they should take appropriate precautions. ...Read More

House Passes Bill Allowing Collection Plan for Delinquent Payments 01/31/2017
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 400 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow employers to enter payment plans with the Workers’ Compensation Division for overdue premiums and penalties. ...Read More
High Court Finds No Immunity for Premises Owner, Despite Wrap-up Policy 01/30/2017
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 490 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Exclusive remedy did not protect Chevron USA from a premises liability suit filed by a badly burned employee of a subcontractor, even though the oil company and its insurer paid nearly $1 million in workers’ compensation benefits, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled. ...Read More
House Set to Vote on Debit Card Bill 01/27/2017
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 517 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a bill that will allow insurers to pay workers' compensation benefits using debit cards or direct deposits.  Under current South Carolina law, only paper checks are allowed to pay benefits, said ...Read More
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