Workers' Compensation News
Keynote Speakers Announced for Upcoming Comp Laude Awards and Gala
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WorkCompCentral's two-and-a-half-day Comp Laude Awards and Gala, coming Oct. 30-Nov. 1, will feature two keynote speakers: former Kaiser Permanente executive Dr. Robert Pearl, who wrote a bestselling book on improving health care, and private pilot Amelia Rose Earhart, who has circumnavigated...
KWCEA Conference Set for Dec. 7-8
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The Kentucky Workers' Compensation Education Association's annual conference will be held Dec. 7-8 this year at the Louisville Marriott East.
The agenda details sessions cove...
Katherine Zalewski Named Chairwoman Of WCAB
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Gov. Jerry Brown has named Katherine Zalewski chairwoman of the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.
Zalewski, who joined the board in April 2014 after several years as a Division of Workers' Compensation adviser and administrative law judge, will fill a position that h...
Kira Cook Joins Kalfus & Nachman
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Kira Cook, a former workers’ compensation defense attorney, has joined Norfolk-based law firm Kalfus & Nachman, where she will represent injured workers.
Karen Bolinder Promoted to COO at Sunz Insurance
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Sunz Insurance Co., a large-deductible workers’ compensation carrier, has promoted Karen Bolinder from director of financial operations to chief operating officer.
Today's Round Up
OH - Prosecutors Say Pill Mill Doctor Killed Two Patients
Ohio prosecutors on Friday unveiled a 272-count indictment against a physician who is accused of running a pill mill out of his office in Jackson Township that overprescribed medications to the point that two patients died of overdoses.
Dr. Frank D. Lazzerini
(Stark County Jail)
The Stark County grand jury charges Dr. Frank D. Lazzerini with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and with trafficking opioids, sedatives, anti-anxiety pills and stimulants, CantonRep.com reported.
Stark County sheriff’s deputies raided Lazzerini’s office two years ago and arrested him at his...
TX - Texas Mutual Appoints Business Development Manager
Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that it has hired Benjamin A. Siddons as vice president of business development.
Siddons joins Texas Mutual with more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, seven of those in the workers’ compensation field, the carrier said. He will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies to increase revenue and profits.
Siddons most recently served as president of Redpoint Workers’ Comp (previously Texas Builders Insurance Co. and Hallmark Workers’ Comp), where he oversaw underwriting, marketing and ...
CA - Hartford to Buy Farmers Small Commercial Business
The Hartford announced a deal to acquire California-based Farmers Exchanges’ small commercial business sold through independent agents.
Hartford said it entered a renewal rights agreement to acquire Foremost Insurance Co. The small commercial independent agent book of business sold through more than 5,000 agents and brokers throughout the country had about $200 million in annual premium as of Dec. 31, 2017, according to a statement the Hartford released Monday.
The policies cover three primary lines including workers’ compensation, commercial auto and business policies for proper...
NC - Workers' Comp Defense Attorney Named Deputy Commissioner
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Charlotte workers’ compensation defense attorney Amanda Witzke has been appointed to serve as a deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Industrial Commission Chairman Charlton Allen announced Witzke’s appointment last week.
Witzke joins the Industrial Commission from the law firm of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, which represents employers and carriers in workers’ compensation and liability matters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
She holds a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of North Carolina a...
WV - Bill to Create Appellate Court Clears Senate
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A long-gestating proposal to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia has gained approval in the West Virginia Senate.
Sen. Patricia Rucker
The chamber passed Senate Bill 341 along party lines on Thursday, with all but one Democrat voting against it, The Register-Herald newspaper of Beckley, West Virginia, reported.
Business and insurance interests back SB 341, saying an intermediate appellate court system would create “some predictability and better case law,” as West Virginia Insurance Federation president Jill Rice put it.
The West Virginia Association...
CA - Camps Forming for Possibility of Cumulative Trauma Legislation
CA - DWC Attorneys Preview Upcoming UR Changes
CA - Interpreter Fee Schedule, Formulary Refinement and UR Rules on Tap for 2018
CA - Regulators Go High-Tech in Fight Against Fraud
CA - Supreme Court Won't Review Decision Allowing Convicted Fraudster to Collect Comp Benefits
CA - Fox Seeks Fix for Private Attorney General Act
CA - DA: Five Contractors in Thomas Fire Cleanup Receive Stop-Work Order
MA - County Courthouse Employees Sue Over Mold Exposure
CA - Ruby Tate Named Claims Manager for ICA
WI - Fee Schedule Bill Doomed Despite Public Hearing, Key Staffer Says
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