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Workers' Compensation News

Explosion at Alternate Fuel Facility Leads to $540,890 in Fines 02/14/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 252 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California safety regulators issued fines of $540,890 against an alternative fuel company for violations it says led to a 2011 explosion that seriously injured two workers.Timothy Larson, a veteran Los Angeles city firefighter who was out on disability leave, lost his right arm below the...Read More
Employer Asks High Court to Revisit Gideon and Unexplained Injuries 02/13/2012
State: CA | Segment: Top | 675 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By John P. Kamin, Legal EditorA Central Valley steakhouse has asked the California Supreme Court to decide whether a 1953 decision is still controlling authority on causation. The employer challenges a panel decision conc...Read More
Eastern Reports 4Q Profit, Comp a Bright Spot 02/10/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 306 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Eastern Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.8 million, compared to a net loss of $11.8 million in the same quarter of the prior year.For the full year, Eastern reported net income of $7.7 million, compared to a $9.2 million loss in 2010.Eastern ...Read More
Employer's Expert Testimony about Rapist's Motive was Inadmissible 02/10/2012
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 108 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An adult retail store's security expert should not have testified about a rapist's motive while commenting on the store's security measures, according to a decision from Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeal. Case: L.B. v. The Naked Truth III (Pleasure Emporium North), N...Read More
Everest Re Finishes 2011 with an $80.5M Loss 02/09/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 249 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Everest Re Group on Wednesday reported fourth quarter 2011 net income of $41 million, compared to $302.5 million for the same period last year.For the full year 2011, Everest Re reported a net loss of $80.5 million, compared to net income of $610.8 million for 2010.Everest Re...Read More
Employer Not Liable for Psyche Care After Sexual Harassment 02/09/2012
State: NC | Segment: EAST | 211 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An employer is not liable for an employee's psychiatric care after she was sexually harassed because the Workers' Compensation Act does not provide coverage for sexual harassment, the North Carolina Court of Appeals determined. Case: Cagle v. Marriott, No. COA11-816, 2/7/12, unpu...Read More
Electrical Contractor Cited for Safety Violations 02/09/2012
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 263 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Hialeah, Fla., electronic contractor was cited for three violations of federal safety laws by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker suffered a serious head injury in August.OSHA said in a news release it proposed fines totaling $50,400 against Ben...Read More
Employee's Dishonesty in TD Application Was Fatal to FMLA Claim 02/08/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 154 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An appellate court ruled that an employer that fired an injured Ohio steelworker for making false representations on an application for temporary disability benefits was not liable to the worker for not first informing him of his Family Medical Leave Act rights.Case: Kelsh v. WCI Steel, ...Read More
Exerminator's Improbable Claims Justified Denial of Benefits 02/06/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: CENTRAL | 215 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana exterminator with an improbable tale of two injuries to his back – which allegedly disabled him from working for his former employer but did not stop him from running his own pest control company – was not entitled to disability benefits, an appellate court ruled....Read More
Exclusive Remedy Did Not Bar Emotional Distress Claim 02/03/2012
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 538 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The exclusive remedy of workers' compensation did not bar a Kern County probation officer's claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to a decision from California's 5th District Court of Appeal. The 5th DCA reversed part of a Kern County Superior Cour...Read More
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