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Workers' Compensation News

Court Upholds Award to Worker Who Slipped on Spaghetti 11/17/2015
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 336 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Court of Civil Appeals of Oklahoma upheld an award of benefits to a worker who injured her back when she slipped on spilled spaghetti, even though video footage of the incident demonstrated that her version of events wasn't entirely accurate. Case: LMR Oil v. Frazier, No. 111930, ...Read More
Ace Taps Krump to Replace Rubosto, Department for CNA 11/17/2015
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 679 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Ace Ltd. announced Monday the promotion of Paul J. Krump, now president of personal lines and claims for Chubb, to president of North America commercial and personal lines for the new Chubb group. ...Read More

Nearly 5,000 Liens Activated Since Relaunch of Payment Portal 11/16/2015
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2176 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Nearly 5,000 liens were activated, bringing in close to $500,000 in fees, in the first four days after the Division of Workers' Compensation relaunched its online payment portal Monday. ...Read More

Two Charged with Scheme to Cash Deceased Client's Settlement Check 11/16/2015
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2051 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Southern California hearing representative and an interpreter are accused of conspiring to cash an $18,946 workers' compensation settlement check written in the name of an applicant who died before the case was settled. An investigation by the state Department of Insurance led to th...Read More
Owner of Moving Co. Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison for Fraud 11/16/2015
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 904 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The owner of a Southern California moving company on Friday was ordered to serve 16 months in state prison and pay $2 million in restitution for underreporting payroll to State Compensation Insurance Fund, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced. Rand Robert Gordon, 61,...Read More
High Court Says Waitress Injured in Bar Fight Is PTD 11/16/2015
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: SD | Segment: Top | 679 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld an award of benefits to a waitress for a brain injury that manifested one week after she helped break up a New Year's Eve brawl at the bar where she worked. Sarah Sorensen had "raccoon eyes" and complained of a headache after being pumme...Read More
Contractors Push for Crackdown on Rogue Builders and PEOs 11/16/2015
State: FL | Segment: Top | 2461 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Contractors have launched a fresh push to close what they believe are glaring loopholes in Florida's insurance laws, allowing rogue firms to operate under the cover of professional employer organizations. They want a sit down with the state's insurance commissioner, who has promis...Read More
Return to Work Approached from Many Angles 11/16/2015
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 898 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
LAS VEGAS -- Many worker injuries require only short-term medical treatment. But those in which treatment drags on into weeks and then months drive up workers’ compensation costs and have the potential to become long-term disability cases. Identifying and intervening in cases that a...Read More
Maximum Benefits Increasing 2.7% on Jan. 1 11/16/2015
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 475 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Maximum weekly benefits for total disability and permanent partial disability in Arkansas will both increase 2.7% in 2016, tied to an increase in the state's average weekly wage, the Workers' Compensation Commissi...Read More
ICA Says Employers Can't Avoid Fee Awards by 'Piggybacking' Issues 11/16/2015
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 962 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled that an employer can raise a challenge to a finding by the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations before the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board without becoming a cross-appellant, but that it cannot avoid liability for an award of att...Read More
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