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Workers' Compensation News

Clean-Up Bill on MPN Medical Reviews on Gov.'s Desk 07/13/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1489 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
A bill that would require the use of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule for decisions in treatment disputes that are handled through a medical provider network's independent review process is on California Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after receiving unanimous approval in both cha...Read More

Contractor's Payment of 'Nominal' Settlement Was Done in Good Faith 07/13/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1244 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a general contractor's payment of $200,000 to resolve its potential liability to a subcontractor's employee was made in good faith, despite being a "nominal" sum to avoid liability for what is likely to be a multi-million dollar claim for ...Read More

Certificate Verifying Insurance Coverage Wasn't Contract for Indemnification 07/13/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 394 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that a certificate of insurance verifying coverage is not evidence of an agreement to indemnify the certificate holder for claims brought by an insured’s employee against the holder, as a matter of law. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award of Death Benefits to Widow of Worker 07/13/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 358 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the widow of a worker with a host of health problems was entitled to an award of death benefits because there was competent evidence to support a finding that the worker's industrially caused asbestosis had contributed to his demise. ...Read More

Court Reverses Summary Judgment for Homeowner on Labor Law Claim 07/12/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 351 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A New York appellate court overturned a grant of summary judgment on a worker's Labor Law claim in favor of a property owner, finding a triable issue as to whether the owner was using his residential property as his home or for commercial purposes. ...Read More
Comp Advisory Committee Meeting Set for Aug. 10 07/12/2016
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 383 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
Idaho’s Advisory Committee on Workers’ Compensation will review electronic data reporting updates and the status of the Special Indemnity Fund during an Aug. 10 meeting in Boise. The Industrial Commission in May proposed rules to implement the Electronic Data Interchange Relea...Read More
Contractors Accused of Operating Without Comp 07/11/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 660 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Four California contractors were cited for operating without workers’ compensation insurance following a two-day sting in Visalia, the Contractors State License Board announced. Members of the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team on June 29 and 30 posed as homeowners seeking driveway,...Read More

Comp Carriers Take Steps to Encourage Safe Patient-Lifting Practices 07/11/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 784 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
With safe patient-handling procedures gaining recognition as a way to reduce workplace injuries in hospitals, one workers’ comp insurer has taken an unusual step: SFM Insurance in Minnesota has purchased Barrier Free Access, a provider of lifts and slings used for lifting patients....Read More

Company Cited Again for Failing to Protect Workers Against Lead Exposure 07/11/2016
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 301 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 11 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration again has cited an Altoona company for overexposing workers to lead and failing to provide respiratory protection. ...Read More
Cobbs Allen Opens Office in Houston 07/11/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 363 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 6 min read
Cobbs Allen, a risk management firm specializing in commercial insurance, employee benefits, personal insurance and alternative risk financing services, is opening an office in Houston this month. Three senior vice presidents will lead the Houston office. They are Josh Kirklin, previously...Read More
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