Workers' Compensation News
No Benefits for Family of Worker Killed in Accident While Driving
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH |
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The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the family of a worker who was killed in a car accident was not entitled to benefits in the absence of evidence establishing where the worker was headed when he died.
New NIOSH Center Will Study Robots in Workplace
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The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has launched a new center to study the safety and health implications of robots in the workplace.
Number of QMEs Falls as Panel Requests Increase
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top |
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OAKLAND, California — The number of qualified medical evaluators in California’s workers’ comp system continues to decline, even as requests for QME panels have soared 87% over the last 10 years, according to a report unveiled Thursday.
No Supreme Court Review for Self-Represented Petitioner
State: CA | Segment: WEST |
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The California Supreme Court will not be reviewing a self-represented worker’s challenge to an administrative determination that she had failed to timely file a petition to reopen her comp claim.
NCCI Reassesses How Medical Inflation Is Measured
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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Medical costs can account for half or more of benefits paid to injured workers, so the rate of medical inflation is watched closely by many in the workers’ comp industry.
NCCI Recommends 7.6% Reduction in Voluntary Rate
State: KS | Segment: NORTH |
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The National Council on Compensation Insurance has recommended a 7.6% decrease for the Kansas voluntary market and a 5.8% decrease for the assigned risk market, the state Department of Insurance announced Monday.
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Today's Round Up
MA - Contractor Sentenced for Comp Fraud and Other Crimes
A Middleton man who posed as a licensed building contractor has been sentenced to at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to 42 charges, including workers’ compensation fraud.
Jaime Ford, 49, was described as boundlessly greedy by Essex Assistant District Attorney Philip Mallard, who recommended a three- to four-year prison sentence, the Beverly Citizen reported.
Ford filed a false workers’ compensation claim in 2013 with Traveler’s Insurance and collected $37,000 in total disability payments, and underwent a $94,000 surgery paid for under the policy. Prosecutors.
NM - WCA: Annual Expenditure Reports Due by Feb. 15
Carriers and self-insured employers must file annual expenditure reports by Feb. 15, the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration announced Tuesday.
The annual reports detail the number of medical-only claims and the number of indemnity cases in calendar year 2017. Carriers and self-insured employers must also report the total dollar amount paid for temporary disability and permanent disability, death benefits, vocational rehabilitation, attorney fees and administrative expenses.
Because New Mexico employers are also required to reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana wh.
WA - L&I Holding Agricultural Safety Conferences Feb. 7 and 28
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board are holding two conferences in February focusing on hazards specific to agricultural workers.
The department said the conferences will feature special training on drug recognition in the workplace, irrigation and trenching hazards, ladder safety, pesticide training and community trauma care.
L&I said agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state and has a high injury rate, making tailored safety training beneficial for both workers and employers.
CA - DWC Announces Seven More Suspensions
CA - QMEs to Try Again on Jurisdiction Question in Suit Against DIR
CA - Worker's Murder Was Not 'Foreseeable,' so Negligence Is Non-Issue, 2nd DCA Decides
CA - Elder Drobot Ordered to Forfeit $10M in Personal Assets
CA - Mastermind of Pacific Hospital Scheme to Serve More Than Five Years
NATL. - Concerns Over Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Grow as Use Increases
CA - Prosecutors to Seek $10M in Personal Proceeds From Michael D. Drobot
CA - 1st DCA Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Confidentiality Requirement for IMRs
CA - DWC Accepting Applications for P&T Committee
CA - Orange County's Shaddi Kamiabipour Named Prosecutor of the Year
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