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Workers' Compensation News


'Mega Claims' Up, but Insurers Apparently Getting Better at Early Identification 09/14/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 877 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
The number of workers’ compensation claims that pay out at least $3 million has risen, but the insurance industry appears to be getting better at identifying claims before they grow out of control, according to a group of actuaries that published a study on so-called "mega claims"...Read More

MLAC Subcommittee Meeting to Discuss COVID Compensability 09/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 137 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 75 min read
A subgroup from Oregon’s workers’ compensation advisory panel will discuss a potential rule that would require a “reasonable investigation” before carriers or self-insured employers could deny claims for COVID-19. ...Read More

Contractor Racks Up $234,360 in Penalties for Safety Violations 09/14/2020
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 160 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries said a construction company with a history of safety violations is facing $234,360 in penalties for problems at two Seattle job sites that exposed workers to potential injuries. ...Read More

Employer Hit With Fees for Failure to Timely File Notice of Compensation Payable 09/14/2020
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 156 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 118 min read
The Commonwealth Court ruled that a worker is entitled to an award of attorney fees from his employer due to its delay in filing a notice of compensation payable. ...Read More

Employer Can Terminate Benefits to Worker Who Stopped Treatment 09/14/2020
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 158 min read
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ordered publication of its decision allowing an employer to terminate a worker’s benefits because she stopped treatment. ...Read More

Penalty Reinstated on SAIF for Closing Claim 09/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 245 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 34 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals reinstated a penalty against the SAIF Corp. for failing to obtain clarification about the extent of a housekeeper’s impairment prior to closing her claim. ...Read More

Health System Fined for Lack of PPE 09/14/2020
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
Federal workplace safety regulators fined a Louisiana health care system $13,494 for failing to ensure workers had proper personal protective equipment. ...Read More

Death Benefits Increasing Oct. 1 09/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 110 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 29 min read
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division announced that the maximum death benefit will increase 3.7% Oct. 1 to account for the increase in the state’s average weekly wage. ...Read More

Voluntary Abandonment Bill Takes Effect Tuesday 09/14/2020
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 141 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
Ohio legislation that clarifies when claimants have voluntarily abandoned the job market takes effect Tuesday. ...Read More

Department Reduces Loss Costs 1.8% 09/14/2020
State: NH | Segment: NORTH | 118 | 0 | Popular with Vendor | 7 min read
The New Hampshire Insurance Department approved a recommendation from the National Council on Compensation Insurance to reduce voluntary loss costs by an average of 1.8%. ...Read More
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