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MEMIC Paying Record $22M in Dividends 10/03/2018
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 79 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 213 min read
Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that it will pay a record $22 million in dividends to 17,000 employers. MEMIC’s bo...Read More

DWC Dismisses Thousands of Liens Filed by Younger Drobot 10/02/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1613 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 51 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation, in the first major case involving a law requiring it to dismiss liens held by those who have been convicted of fraud, eradicated nearly 5,000 claims filed by companies affiliated with Michael R. Drobot. ...Read More

Court Clarifies Time Limits for Contractor to Challenge Decision on Safety Citation 10/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 209 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a contractor has 30 days from the date of a decision by the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board to bring a challenge, without extra time to account for the mailing of the decision. ...Read More

Treatment for Opioid Dependence Varies Among States, Study Finds 10/02/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 306 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
As workers’ comp payers have become more open to the idea of treating injured workers for opioid dependence, a new study has found differences among individual states and regions in how opioid abuse and dependence are treated. ...Read More

Lawsuits Argue That Certificates of Need Increase Costs 10/02/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 221 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 55 min read
Two physicians — one in North Carolina and another in Iowa — think they have found at least a partial solution to rising medical costs and have filed lawsuits to clear the way.  ...Read More

FDA Backs Study on Effectiveness of Compounded Pain Creams 10/02/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 189 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning a study on the safety and effectiveness of compounded topical pain creams. The FDA last wee...Read More

Court Rejects Clerical Worker's Claim of Industrial Cause for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis 10/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 87 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a clerical worker failed to prove that her de Quervain's tenosynovitis was an occupational disease caused by years of computer work. ...Read More

Networks Now Treating 50% of New Claims as Costs Fall 10/02/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The percentage of new claims filed within Texas medical networks ticked up since last year and now represent exactly 50%. The cost o...Read More

Multiplier Applies to PPD Award for Worker Who Voluntarily Retired 10/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 85 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 129 min read
A divided Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a worker who retires for reasons not solely related to a prior compensable injury is entitled to application of a two-multiplier to an award of permanent partial disability benefits. ...Read More

Prior Ruling Didn't Bar Exclusive Remedy Defense Against Injured Worker 10/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 139 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
A divided Illinois Appellate Court panel on Friday ruled that worker’s tort claim against his employer’s alleged joint venturer was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act. ...Read More
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