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SAIF Board Elects Chairman, Welcomes New Member 06/12/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 474 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 73 min read
The board of directors for SAIF Corp. elected Jeff Stone as chairman, and Krishna Balasubramani vice chair, the carrier announced Monday. ...Read More

Supreme Court Suspends Attorney for Embezzlement From Firm 06/12/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 162 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
The Tennessee Supreme Court last week suspended a Knoxville workers’ compensation attorney from the practice of law for having stolen funds from his former firm. ...Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Denial of Healing Period Benefits to Worker After Unauthorized Surgery 06/11/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 173 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 28 min read
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that an injured worker was not entitled to healing period benefits for her recovery time after undergoing surgery that her employer had not authorized. ...Read More

State Supreme Court Holds That Successor Company Must Pay $3.5 Million in Premiums 06/08/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 253 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The Ohio Supreme Court this week upheld the power of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to protect the state-run insurance fund, overturning a lower court ruling and holding that a company owner cannot avoid premiums simply by folding one firm into another. ...Read More

State's Claim Costs Fell Following Reforms, WCRI Finds 06/08/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 168 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Tennessee decreased 6% in 2015, a trend that was partly due to reforms enacted in 2013, according to a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. ...Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Commission's Allocation of Worker's PTD Award 06/08/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 226 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
The Ohio Supreme Court upheld a decision overturning the Industrial Commission's allocation of a worker’s permanent disability award across three accidents from her tenure with two employers. ...Read More

Study Committee Formed to Examine Troubled Second-Injury Fund 06/08/2018
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 154 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
With just months remaining before the state's second-injury fund becomes insolvent, lawmakers are taking baby steps toward resolving the crisis. ...Read More

State Fund Says Opioid Focus Cut Prescriptions by Half 06/07/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 841 | 3 | Popular with Legal | 139 min read
California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund said it was able to cut in half the number of injured workers receiving opioids over the last four years, thanks in large part to efforts to educate providers about the risks associated with narcotic painkillers. ...Read More
Solano County Extends TPA Contract With Athens Administrators 06/07/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 271 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a two-year extension to its contract with Athens Administrators to manage its workers’ compensation claims. Supervisors on Tuesday voted to extend the contract with Athens through June 30, 2020. The third-party administrator...Read More

Supreme Court Clarifies 'Traumatic Event' Standard for Police Officers with Psyche Disabilities 06/07/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 137 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a police officer was exposed to a "traumatic event" when he responded to a grisly car wreck, but another officer's distress from the violent conclusion to a hostage situation did not qualify as such. ...Read More
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