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Pallet Maker Cited After Carbon Monoxide Sickens Workers 07/10/2018
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 88 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 11 min read
A pallet manufacturer in Genoa, Illinois, is facing proposed federal penalties of $216,253 after 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure. Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. was issued citations on June 29 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administrati...Read More
Report: Study to Reassess Cancer Risk at Firehouse 07/10/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 82 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Oncological epidemiologists in Washington state will take another crack at assessing whether firefighters at a single firehouse in Seattle have a higher rate of cancer than their colleagues, according to a ...Read More
Court Issues Dual Rulings Compelling Employer To Pay For Doctor Of Choice 07/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 98 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
In a set of companion cases, a Louisiana appellate court ruled that two workers complaining of industrial hearing loss could not be denied treatment with the physician of their choice. Case: Kyle v. Boise Cascade Co. and Scott v. Packaging Corp. of America, Nos. 18-384 and 18...Read More
Group Self Insurance Trust Can Compel Retroactive Approval of Worker's 3rd Party Settlement 07/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a group self-insurance trust was entitled to an order compelling the Special Funds Conservation Committee to retroactively approve of an injured worker’s settlement with a third-party tort-feasor. Case: In the Matter of Empire State Transportati...Read More
Law Clerk Named Industrial Commissioner 07/10/2018
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 122 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 74 min read
North Carolina Industrial Commission Chairman Charlton Allen has appointed his law clerk to be deputy commissioner. Ashley Moore also clerked for former commissioner Linda Cheatham and commission Vice Chair Yolanda Stith. Moore is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned ...Read More
He Kept On Trucking for Five Years, All The While Collecting Benefits 07/10/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 92 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
An Ohio judge ordered a claimant to pay more than $78,000 for continuing to collect workers' compensation benefits while working as a truck driver. Walter Lee, 54, of Frazeysburg, Ohio, was sentenced to five years' probation and a 14-day suspended jail term. Lee pleaded guilty in ...Read More

DWC Developing Regs to Ensure Compliance With UR Accreditation Requirement 07/09/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 552 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 113 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is drafting regulations and considering assessing penalties to ensure that utilization review organizations comply with the requirement to obtain accreditation. ...Read More
DWC Approves Quarterly Adjustment to Fee Schedule 07/09/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 231 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has adjusted the hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgery center fee schedule to conform with quarterly Medicare changes. The DWC said Friday that an administrative director order dated July 3 is the second adjustment from the July ...Read More

WCIRB Announces Streamlined Letter of Authorization Process 07/09/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 389 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau announced plans to allow insurers, agents and brokers to request authorization from policyholders to access rate sheets, inspection reports and risk summary reports online. ...Read More

Supreme Court Upholds PTD Award for Sprained Ankle, Plus Attorney Fees 07/09/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: SD | Segment: Top | 155 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
The South Dakota Supreme Court last week ruled that a retail worker was entitled to permanent total disability benefits after she sprained her ankle at work, plus an award of attorney fees, because of the comp carrier’s failure to properly investigate her claim. ...Read More
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