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Workers' Compensation News


Industrial Commission Publishes Strategic Plan for 2018 07/17/2017
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 1223 | 0 | Popular with Legal
As part of administering the state’s workers’ compensation system, the Idaho Industrial Commission said it will focus on timely dispute resolution and technological improvements over the next four years. ...Read More

Worker Had Adequate Notice of Contents of Letter He Didn't Open 07/17/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: ND | Segment: NORTH | 1069 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that a worker received “actual notice” of the pending termination of his benefits, despite his refusal — or inability — to open the letter and read its contents. ...Read More

Board Approves Disability Retirement for Officer With PTSD From Pulse Nightclub Shooting 07/17/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 1610 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Police Pension Board for the City of Orlando approved a disability retirement for a 37-year-old officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, a decision that the officer's attorney called “unprecedented,” ...Read More

1st DCA Tosses PTD Award for Worker at 'Statutory MMI' 07/17/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 1017 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a worker’s award of permanent total disability benefits that she had received pursuant to its en banc decision in Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg, before the Florida Supreme Court overturned that ruling. ...Read More

Commissioner Gives Split Decision to John Deere Over Benefit Calculations 07/17/2017
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 1159 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Deere & Co. and its John Deere affiliates have won a partial victory on claims that the Division of Workers’ Compensation has made inconsistent rulings when determining rate calculations for worker benefits. ...Read More
Judge 'Inclined' to Grant Injunction in Lien Stay Challenge 07/14/2017
State: CA | Segment: Top | 23283 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
A federal judge in Los Angeles said he is inclined to issue an injunction prohibiting the Division of Workers’ Compensation from enforcing the lien stay provision in Senate Bill 1160. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu wrote in a tentative decision that he has “serious concerns ...Read More

Excess Coverage Provider for JPA Isn't Liable for Untimely Noticed Claim 07/14/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2327 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 52 min read
A California appellate court this week ruled that the Marin School Insurance Authority could not seek coverage from its excess liability coverage provider when it did not give prompt notice of a claim, as a matter of law. ...Read More

IMR Upheld 91.6% of UR Decisions in 2016 07/14/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2343 | 0 | Popular with Legal
More than nine out of every 10 treatment denials were affirmed by the independent medical review process created by Senate Bill 863, the Department of Industrial Relations said in a report published Thursday. ...Read More

FDA Eyes Mandatory Opioid Training for Prescribers 07/14/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1693 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 14 min read
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants to expand training available to doctors on opioid prescribing — and is even considering mandatory opioid education for prescribers. ...Read More

Governor Signs Weakened Employer Compliance Bill, Nurse Treatment Bill 07/14/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: HI | Segment: Top | 1696 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week signed into law a bill that will allow advanced practice registered nurses to treat injured workers, and another measure that stiffens penalties against employers who don't provide workers' compensation coverage.  ...Read More
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