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WCD Adopts Temporary Changes to Wage Calculation Rules 02/12/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 85 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 44 min read
Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division adopted temporary changes to the rules used to calculate average weekly wages for workers with irregular earnings. The division said system users reported that the wage average method used since the start of 2017 has the effect of harmin...Read More
Worker Gets Benefits for Lost Wages Despite Her Return to Full-Duty Employment 02/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 99 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
A divided Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that a salesperson was entitled to temporary partial disability benefits because her medical appointments for her compensable injuries had caused her to miss opportunities for commissions and resulted in a loss of income. Case: Montoya v. Ind...Read More
Worker Attacked Over Nationality Cannot Sue For Negligence, Federal Court Decides 02/09/2018
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: IL | Segment: Top | 146 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
Though U.S. circuit judges extinguished a negligence suit by a flight crewmember whose coworker drunkenly attacked him, that may have cleared the crewmember’s way to win before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, a Chicago claimants’ attorney says. Martyn Bayl...Read More

Worker Can't File Claim for More Benefits Based on Date of Last Payment 02/07/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 86 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 12 min read
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a worker’s claim for additional indemnity benefits was time-barred, even though he filed his claim within a year of his employer’s last payment of benefits. ...Read More

Worker's Refusal of PT Disqualified Him From Receiving PTD Benefits 02/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 101 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
After twice reviving an injured worker’s claim for an elbow injury, the Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled that he was not entitled to permanent total disability benefits because he had refused to participate in the physical therapy sessions that were reasonable and necessary treatment....Read More

Worker Failed to Prove Employer Made Untimely Payment for Medications 02/06/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 95 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
A Louisiana appellate court upheld a judge’s finding that a worker failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove his employer had not timely made payment for his prescription medications for an alleged injury. ...Read More

WCA Names Mediation Bureau Chief, Financial Manager 02/06/2018
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 51 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration announced a new Mediation Bureau chief and a new chief financial officer among staff changes reported in its latest quarterly bulletin. ...Read More

Worker-Friendly Bills Introduced in America's Deep-Red Breadbasket 02/05/2018
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 195 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
Two of the politically reddest states in America are considering worker-friendly legislation: A bill in Indiana would double penalties on employers for late benefit payments, and a measure in Kansas would increase the death and burial expense benefit. ...Read More

Worldwide Facilities Hires Todd Pollock as SVP in New Boston Office 02/05/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 69 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
Wholesale insurance broker Worldwide Facilities has opened a location in Boston and has hired Todd Pollock to serve as senior vice president in the new office. ...Read More

Worker Can't Withdraw Complaint in Appeal Without Employer's Consent 02/05/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 102 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
An Ohio appellate court ruled that a worker could not dismiss his complaint in an employer-initiated appeal from a decision of the Industrial Commission without his employer’s consent. ...Read More
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