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Punitive Damages Can Be Awarded for Unseaworthiness Claims 10/04/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: LA | Segment: CENTRAL | 453 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A group of seamen injured in an oil rig accident on a navigable waterway in Louisiana can recover punitive damages for their employer’s willful and wanton breach of the general maritime law duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled....Read More
Policy Institute Questions Link between Weekly Benefits and Costs 10/03/2013
State: NY | Segment: Top | 501 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefNew York state's position as the fifth most costly workers' compensation system in the nation may be driven more by the state's high assessments and the way it calculates aw...Read More
Pipe Maker Cited for 16 Serious Violations following Worker Death 10/02/2013
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 304 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Vestal, N.Y., pipe manufacturer for 16 serious workplace health and safety violations following the death of a truck driver struck by a forklift on March 22, 2013.Inspectors conducted an inspection of National Pipe & Plas...Read More
Public Comment Period on OneBeacon-Potomac Deal Extended 10/01/2013
State: PA | Segment: EAST | 191 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has extended the period for the public to comment on the proposed acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Co. and Potomac insurance Co.The insurance department said it made the decision to reopen the public comment period because it has received additiona...Read More
P&C Executives Sound Off on Company Issues, Market Trends 09/30/2013
State: NA | Segment: Top | 230 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By David Dankwa, Senior ReporterProperty and casualty insurance rates continue to climb, led by workers' compensation, and submissions in the excess and surplus lines market are also growing as more difficult-to-place business migrates from the standard market. These obse...Read More
ProAssurance Finds Eastern's Health Care Book Most Appealing 09/27/2013
State: NA | Segment: Top | 251 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By David Dankwa, Senior ReporterIn announcing the planned acquisition of Eastern Insurance Holdings, medical professional liability writer ProAssurance Corp. executives emphasized the complementary nature of the workers’ compensation insurer’s health care-related practice wit...Read More
Panel Says Worker's Gangrenous Infection Not Compensable 09/24/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: TN | Segment: EAST | 346 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A sanitation worker who developed gangrene in his groin area after a workplace fall failed to establish a causal connection between his fall and his infection, the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel ruled.Case: Grooms v. City of T...Read More
Parma Ponders Suing BWC for Nongroup Premiums 09/19/2013
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 326 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The City of Parma is pondering whether to sue the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for excessive workers' compensation premiums, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.Parma is considering following in the City of Cleveland's footsteps, and suing the BWC over the ...Read More
Policyholder Dividends on Saif Board Agenda Wednesday 09/16/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 142 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Saif Corp. board of directors will hear a finance and investment report, discuss its operating budget and decide how much of its surplus to pay back to policyholders during a meeting in Salem on Wednesday.The board will be asked to review and approve a recommended dividend to policyh...Read More
Privette Doctrine Barred Contractor from Recovering for Injuries 09/13/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 479 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An electrical contractor could not assert a viable claim against the owner and tenant of a building which he knew had antiquated electrical wiring, based on a latent condition that led to his injury in an arc flash, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled.Case: Glenn ...Read More
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