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Workers' Compensation News


Falling Rates Makes State Less of an Outlier 07/20/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 784 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
After three years of rate reductions, California may lose its perch at the top of the of the list of the most expensive states in the country for purchasing workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Convicted Docs Serving Time at Lompoc 07/20/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1202 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
Dr. Philip Sobol started serving his 21-month sentence for his role in the spinal surgery kickback scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, court records show. ...Read More

In-Depth Investigations Recommended for Finding Claimant Fraud 07/20/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 207 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
Every workers’ compensation claim should be investigated for potential claimant fraud, and investigations should include recorded statements, background checks and a review of the injured worker’s social media accounts, a claims director said this week. ...Read More

DWC Agrees to Hold Hearing on Enforcement Penalties 07/20/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 203 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
Just days after insurance and self-insured organizations complained that proposed rules don't go far enough to protect against overzealous enforcement actions, the Division of Workers' Compensation has agreed to hold a public hearing on the matter. ...Read More

Judge's Fee Award Failed to Adequately Compensate Worker's Attorney 07/20/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 103 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
The Minnesota Supreme Court this week ruled that a workers’ compensation judge had improperly short-changed an attorney for his work establishing which employer was responsible for the payment of benefits. ...Read More

Substantial Evidence Supported Commissioner's Denial of Additional Benefits for Worker 07/20/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 70 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that substantial evidence supported a workers’ compensation commissioner’s determination that a funeral home employee was not entitled to additional disability benefits. ...Read More

Carrier Can't Invoke Finding From Vacated Decision to Support Declaratory Judgment 07/20/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 79 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
The South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commission finding that an insurance carrier was entitled to end payment of benefits to an injured worker could not support a declaratory judgment. ...Read More

WCD Updates Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Fee Schedules 07/20/2018
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 87 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Alabama Workers’ Compensation Division has published Addendum 3 to its 2018 fee schedule, containing updates to the hospital and ambulatory surgery center fee schedules. ...Read More

Terms of Stipulation on Worker's Lost Wage-Earning Capacity Dictated Benefit Rate 07/20/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 76 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the terms of a stipulation between a worker and his employer pertaining to his lost wage-earning capacity was controlling as to the amount of his weekly benefit rate once he stopped working. ...Read More

Catastrophes Erode Travelers' Profit in Q2 07/20/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 97 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 58 min read
The Travelers Cos. on Thursday reported net income of $524 million for the second quarter, a 12% drop, from $595 million, in the prior-year quarter....Read More
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