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WCD Updates Bulletin on Gainful Occupation and PTD 01/23/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 80 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division has issued a bulletin on the determination of “gainful occupation” for permanent total disability evaluations. The bulletin updates the annual percent...Read More

WCB to Discuss Possible Translation Rules at February Meeting 01/22/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 65 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board will discuss requests to draft rules regarding the review of evidence submitted during hearings in languages other than English and providing notices of certain claims documents available in other languages, during a Feb. 15 meeting in Salem. ...Read More

WCRI: States See Big Impacts From Hospital Fee Schedules 01/19/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 262 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Indiana’s implementation of a workers’ comp hospital fee schedule in 2014 led to double-digit decreases in hospital payments per inpatient episode that helped drive a reduction in medical payments per claim, according to an analysis by the Workers Compensation Research Institute....Read More

Worker Wasn't Entitled to Increase in Award for Psyche Disability 01/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 134 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division ruled that an injured worker was not entitled to an increase in psychiatric disability from a forklift accident after he was diagnosed with depression. ...Read More

Worker's Dismissed Complaint Gets New Life 01/17/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 147 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court revived an allegedly injured worker’s complaint seeking damages for a fall at a construction site, finding his case had been improperly dismissed through a grant of a motion in limine. ...Read More
WCA: Annual Expenditure Reports Due by Feb. 15 01/17/2018
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 117 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
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 a...Read More

Worker's Murder Was Not 'Foreseeable,' so Negligence Is Non-Issue, 2nd DCA Decides 01/12/2018
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1000 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
The owners of a 7-Eleven could not have foreseen their employee getting shot dead outside the store on the day he was scheduled to testify against an accused robber, the 2nd District Court of Appeals decided in an unpublished opinion released Tuesday. ...Read More
WCD Updates Travel Reimbursement Bulletin 01/09/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 144 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division updated Bulletin No. 112 to note that the reimbursement for travel to medical appointments has increased to 54.5 cents per mile, from 53.5 cents, at the start of the year. The division revised the form carriers must send to injured ...Read More

Worker Whose Benefits Were Revoked Not Entitled to Reinstatement 01/08/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the dismissal of a worker’s petition for reinstatement of wage-loss benefits as time-barred, because even though he had received wage-loss benefits, they had been revoked after the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board determined he wasn...Read More

Widow Can't Collect Medical Benefits if Worker's Bills Were Already Paid 01/05/2018
Source: WorkComoCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Montana Supreme Court ruled that a widow was not entitled to collect payment from the comp carrier for her late husband’s employer for the cost of medical bills that had been already been paid by a special fund. ...Read More
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