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Industrial Commission Counsel Elected Judge 12/05/2018
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 139 min read
Brian Ratledge, the general counsel for the North Carolina Industrial Commission, has been elected as a trial court judge in Wake County. Ratledge, a Republican, took over as general counsel at the commission in January 2017. On Nov. 6, he won 38,615 votes, or just over 30%, ...Read More

Court Tosses Sanctions Against NYSIF Attorneys 12/05/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 163 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 51 min read
A New York appellate court overturned a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board imposing sanctions on the attorneys who represented the State Insurance Fund in its unsuccessful effort to transfer liability for a claim to the Special Fund for Reopened Cases. ...Read More

Revolving Fund Drives Majority of Assessment Increase 12/04/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 418 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 55 min read
Increased use of the supplemental benefit program created by 2012 reforms, and less revenue from lien filing fees, both contributed to the need for the Department of Industrial Relations to increase its annual assessment on California employers, by more than $80 million. ...Read More
Office Manager Convicted of 51 Felonies in Kickback Scheme 12/04/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1669 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
An office manager for a Southern California radiologist faces more than 43 years in state prison after a jury convicted him on 51 felony counts of paying kickbacks for patient referrals, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced. Gonzalo Paredes, 62, was convicted No...Read More
Majority of Clients Injured in Terrorist Shooting Seek Medical Retirement 12/04/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 867 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
A California applicants’ attorney representing a dozen San Bernardino County workers who were injured in a terrorist attack during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center three years ago said the majority of her clients have or will take medical retirement. ...Read More

Devices to Fight Opioid Crisis Get Boost From FDA 12/04/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 256 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
New devices intended to help address the opioid crisis — ranging from a digitally controlled pill dispenser to a deep transcranial magnetic stimulation system — may soon be on the market, following their selection as winners of the FDA’s opioid innovation challenge....Read More

Billing Errors Cause Too Many Payments to Be Disallowed, Stakeholders Say 12/04/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 238 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 38 min read
At a hearing in Tallahassee last week on proposed billing dispute resolution procedures, medical providers urged Florida regulators to allow them a way to correct minor errors before the claim is tossed altogether. ...Read More
Comp Carrier Can Proceed with Claim for Indemnification 12/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 157 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
The Tennessee Court of Appeals last week ruled that a workers’ compensation insurance carrier can proceed with its claim for indemnification from a construction company allegedly serving as a borrowed employer for its insured’s employee when the employee was killed in a crane accident...Read More
Double-Dipper Ordered to Pay $93K Restitution 12/04/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 239 | 0 | Popular with Injured worker | 4 min read
A claimant who ran a bar and grill while receiving workers’ compensation benefits was ordered to pay more than $93,944 in restitution and spend a month on house arrest after pleading guilty to first-degree theft, the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries ...Read More
Employer Not Liable For Treatment By New Doctor Must Still Pay TTD Benefits 12/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 54 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 426 min read
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that an employer was not liable for the treatment a worker obtained after he unilaterally changed doctors, but that the employer had to pay temporary total disability benefits while he was under the doctor’s care. Case: University of Arkansas...Read More
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