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Immigration Status Won't Bar Worker's Claim for Additional PD Benefits 08/07/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 96 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
A divided Idaho Supreme Court last week ruled that an undocumented worker can’t be denied permanent disability benefits in excess of his impairment simply because of his immigration status. ...Read More

Injection Therapy Garners Interest as Alternative to Opioids 08/06/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 255 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 182 min read
Injection therapy may be one type of treatment that gets a boost from efforts to reduce opioid prescribing, according to a work comp corporate medical director. ...Read More

Increasing Prevalence of Black Lung Fires Up Comp Reform Critics 07/24/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: KY | Segment: Top | 410 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 38 min read
The prevalence of black-lung disease is on the rise among longtime coal miners in the U.S., reaching 20% in central Appalachia, according to a new report that has inflamed criticism of workers’ comp reform legislation in Kentucky. ...Read More

ICA Holding Public Hearing on Physician Dispensing Rules 07/23/2018
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 140 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The Industrial Commission of Arizona is holding a public hearing Aug. 23 to consider whether to adopt reimbursement guidelines for physician-dispensed drugs. ...Read More

Injured Worker Can't Impose Levy on Assets of Building Where Employer Had Operated 07/23/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 118 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 20 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that an injured worker could not impose a levy on the assets of a property to satisfy her workers’ compensation judgment against her employer. ...Read More

In-Depth Investigations Recommended for Finding Claimant Fraud 07/20/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 266 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
Every workers’ compensation claim should be investigated for potential claimant fraud, and investigations should include recorded statements, background checks and a review of the injured worker’s social media accounts, a claims director said this week. ...Read More

ICW Group Appoints Midwest Branch Manager 07/19/2018
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 155 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 167 min read
ICW Group Insurance Cos. announced Wednesday that it appointed Christina McGuire as its North Midwest branch manager. ...Read More

Insurers, Businesses Asking for Help on Enforcement Action Rules 07/17/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 216 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 127 min read
Just when some insurers and employers thought they'd caught a break on what they considered to be nitpicking rule enforcement by the Division of Workers' Compensation, proposed rules have left them asking for more specifics. ...Read More

Injured Worker Can Proceed With Discrimination Claim, but Not Retaliation Claim 07/17/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 85 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A divided federal appellate court panel ruled that an injured worker should have been allowed to proceed with a claim that his employer had discriminated against him for his off-work drinking, but that he did not state a viable claim for disability discrimination or for retaliation for havin...Read More
Industrial Commission Outlines Best Practices for Full and Final Settlements 07/17/2018
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 105 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 59 min read
The Industrial Commission of Arizona posted to its website a guide to best practices involving full and final settlements. State lawmakers last year passed a bill allowing injured workers to permanently settle their claims. Injured workers had been able to settle portions of their cl...Read More
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