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Court Upholds Award Based on Impairment Including Rating for Loss of Strength 10/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 83 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 128 min read
The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that an injured bus driver was entitled to an award based on a whole person impairment rating that included a rating for the loss of strength in her shoulder. ...Read More
DCBS Reports 6% Increase in Cost of Claims Resolved in 2017 10/04/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 73 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced that the number of accepted disabling claims that were resolved in 2017 increased, by about 6.7%, compared to 2016, while the average cost of those claims increased, by about 6.1%. The department reports 21,013 accepte...Read More
Workers' Compensation Board Hearing Reports on ALJ Reappointments 10/04/2018
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 84 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 17 min read
The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board will hear subcommittee reports on administrative judge reappointments at its next hearing, Tuesday. An agenda for the meeting indicates that bo...Read More

Worker Failed to Link Need for Nerve Stimulator to Compensable Injury 10/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 95 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 938 min read
The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that a worker failed to prove that his need for a nerve stimulation device had arisen from a 2003 head injury at work.   ...Read More

Worker's Refusal to Participate in Discovery Warranted Dismissal of Request for Hearing 10/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 96 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 93 min read
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that a self-represented worker’s refusal to participate in discovery warranted the dismissal of his request for a hearing on his claim of a compensable bug bite injury. ...Read More

WCJ's Docket-Management Authority Didn't Allow for Dismissal of Claim Stayed by Parties 10/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 62 | 0 | Popular with Vendor | 3 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a workers’ compensation judge’s authority to manage her docket did not authorize her to dismiss a claim that had been placed on hold. ...Read More

Town Cancels Beloved Fire Drill Team Because of WC Costs 10/04/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 117 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The town of Copenhagen, New York, has canceled its participation in a popular fire drill competition because town officials say the cost of injuries and workers' compensation premiums are too high. ...Read More

UR Fraud Case Reaches Golden State 10/03/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1999 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
A doctor who surrendered his New York medical license in 2013 after he was convicted of fraudulent billing, and who is facing new charges of setting up a fraudulent utilization review company using a stolen identity, reviewed more than 1,000 claims from injured workers in California. ...Read More

DWC Adds New Chapters to MTUS 10/03/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 636 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted evidence-based medical treatment guidelines covering traumatic brain injuries and general clinical issues. ...Read More

Work Comp Payers Lack Bargaining Power With Hospitals, Researchers Say 10/03/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 205 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
Private commercial insurers typically pay more for hospital services than Medicare rates, but the difference is especially dramatic for workers’ comp and auto insurers, according to a new study that looked at payments to 153 Florida hospitals. ...Read More
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