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Workers' Compensation News


Split Supreme Court OKs Use of 'Empty Chair' Defense, but Not Apportionment of Fault 05/01/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: SC | Segment: Top | 1177 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided South Carolina Supreme Court last week ruled that a defendant in a worker’s third-party action can make the argument that the worker’s employer should bear the blame for the worker’s injuries, even though the jury cannot apportion any of the liability to the employer. ...Read More

PBMs Under Pressure to Provide Price Transparency 05/01/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1989 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 215 min read
Pharmacy benefit managers, which have been little-recognized players in the health care system, are facing growing national scrutiny as their role in rising drug prices is being more closely examined. ...Read More

Comp Carrier Contractually Waived Right to Recover From Injured Worker 05/01/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 847 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that a workers’ compensation insurance carrier contractually waived its right to subrogation against a worker’s recovery on a third-party tort claim. ...Read More

PatNat Adds Board Members After Two Depart 05/01/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 752 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Patriot National Inc. last week announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Ernst Csiszar, Terry L. Coleman and Glenn Hibler. ...Read More

Governor's Coal Plant Fined After Fatal Accident 05/01/2017
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 1471 | 0 | Popular with Legal
One of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family coal operations was fined $10,684 for six safety violations following the death of a worker in February. ...Read More

Employer Without 'Actual Knowledge' of Injury Didn't Lose Right to Choose Treating Doctor 05/01/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 872 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals last week ruled that an employer’s failure to provide prompt medical treatment for a worker’s neck injury did not forfeit its statutory right to select the worker’s treating doctor. ...Read More

WCD Adds New ZIP Code to Bend Service Area 05/01/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 848 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division revised its geographic service areas to add a new ZIP code for the Bend region of the state. Ore...Read More

Bureau Outlines $44M in Safety Spending Included in 'Billion Back' Initiative 05/01/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 901 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s third “Billion Back” initiative includes $44 million in increased spending on workplace safety and health, including $6 million for health and wellness programs for small employers, and $2 million for a safety and wellness educati...Read More

Net Income Up 17% at The Hartford in Q1 05/01/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 1306 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Hartford has reported net income of $378 million for the first quarter of the year, a 17% increase from $323 million in the first quarter of 2016. ...Read More

Bill to Allow Chaperones at IMEs Nears Final Passage 05/01/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 862 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A committee of House and Senate leaders is recommending final passage of a bill that would allow claimants to bring a chaperone to medical examinations by an employer’s physician and make recordings of the exam, with the physician’s permission.  ...Read More
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