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Workers' Compensation News


Study Shows Comp Claims Declined in States After Marijuana Was Legalized 02/19/2021
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 770 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 85 min read
Legalized marijuana use appears to be associated with fewer and less-expensive workers' compensation claims for older workers, new research has found. ...Read More

Lawmakers Believe This Could Be the Year for New Appeals Court 02/19/2021
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 86 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 60 min read
Some West Virginia lawmakers are hoping this is the year they finally overhaul the state's appellate court system, a plan that would include a new workers' compensation appeals process. ...Read More

Carpentry Company Charged With Avoiding $300,000 in Comp Premiums 02/19/2021
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 231 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 351 min read
Florida authorities have charged the owners of a construction company with under-reporting payroll and avoiding more than $300,000 in workers' compensation premiums. ...Read More

Board Errs in Applying Single AWW to Worker With Multiple Injuries 02/19/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 117 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker’s average weekly wage at the time of his injury in 2008 should not be applied to determine his benefits from a 2007 injury, when his earnings were higher. ...Read More

Officer's Family Can't Hold NYPD Civilly Liable for Suicide 02/19/2021
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 128 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 53 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the estate of a former police officer could not hold his department civilly liable for his suicide. Case:...Read More

WCIRB Attempting to Account for COVID Impacts on 2020 Development, Sept. Rate Filing 02/18/2021
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 424 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 53 min read
As the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California and its committees begin to ramp up discussion for the Sept. 1, 2021, pure premium rate filing, bureau staffers said they may have found a way to account for COVID-19-related impacts on ...Read More

Employer Can Set Aside Default in Contract Dispute With Comp Carrier 02/18/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 822 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
A California appellate court ruled that an employer was entitled to have its default set aside in a breach-of-contract dispute with its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. ...Read More
DWC Posts Annual Report of Inventory Reminder 02/18/2021
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 241 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Wednesday reminded claims administrators that the Annual Report of Inventory for calendar year 2020 claims is due April 1. The annual report must identify the number of claims reported at each adjusting location for the previous ca...Read More

Optum Wins $550 Million Federal Comp PBM Contract After Coventry Protest Denied 02/18/2021
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 555 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 126 min read
After almost three years of bids, a protest, new bids and a second protest, Optum has finally won a $550 million contract to provide pharmacy benefits management services to the federal workers' compensation program. ...Read More
WCS Holding Fee Schedule Training Feb. 24 02/18/2021
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 113 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 217 min read
The Nevada Workers’ Compensation Section is holding a free medical fee schedule educational program on Feb. 24. The class includes comprehensive training on the use of the medical fee schedule and is recommended for health care providers, insurers, third-party administrators and the...Read More
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