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WCIRB Eyes Moving Effective Date for New Rates to August 12/06/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 378 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
OAKLAND, Calif. — Advisory pure premium rates would take effect in August rather than January starting in 2021 under a new filing schedule being considered by California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. ...Read More

Group Wants State to Adopt IMR Program Like California's 12/06/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 468 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
A proposal by a Florida government watchdog group to revamp how medical claim disputes are handled has underscored the deep divide between claimants’ and insurance representatives in the Sunshine State. ...Read More

Regulators Say Independent Contractor Label Not a Work Comp Dodge 12/06/2018
By: Eddie Curran (correspondent)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 300 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
When businesses ask the West Virginia insurance commissioner’s office for advice on exempting workers from mandatory workers’ compensation coverage, they are directed to the Internal Revenue Service’s definition of an independent contractor. ...Read More

Insurance Law Didn't Bar Comp Carrier's Subrogation Claim 12/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 221 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division this week ruled that an insurance carrier can obtain reimbursement from a third-party tortfeasor for the benefits it paid to an injured worker, even though the worker's ability to recover damages was limited by law. ...Read More

Court Clarifies Burden of Proof in Medical Fee Dispute Process 12/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 129 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 183 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that a workers’ compensation insurance carrier challenging a medical dispute resolution does not bear the burden of proving that a care provider was not entitled to recover the amount determined by an officer. ...Read More

Court Limits Benefits Available to Worker's Daughter Due to Lack of Disability Evidence 12/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 118 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
The Commonwealth Court overturned an award of benefits to a deceased worker’s teenage daughter, finding she did not qualify as a disabled dependent because of her progressive, incurable eye disease. ...Read More

Thousands of IMEs No Longer Registered 12/06/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 154 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has posted a list of 3,423 independent medical examiners who are no longer allowed to perform IMEs. ...Read More

Detention Center Worker Gets Benefits for Injuries From Horseplay 12/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 102 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled that a detention center employee was entitled to benefits for her injuries that happened while engaged in horseplay with a colleague. ...Read More

Oil Field Service Contractor Owed Operator Defense to Suit by Injured Worker 12/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 93 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A Texas appellate court ruled that state law governed an agreement between an oil field service contractor and a well operator, which required that the contractor indemnify the operator for injuries to a worker allegedly caused by the contractor’s negligence. ...Read More

New Schedule Would Raise Physician Fees, Tie Them to Medicare's Conversion Factor 12/06/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
Thanks to a recent drop in overall workers' compensation costs for employers, Tennessee regulators now feel comfortable granting medical providers a significant increase in fees, one that will rise with Medicare's fees over time, officials said this week. ...Read More
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