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1st DCA Grants Review to 2nd Constitutional Challenge to IMR 02/08/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3276 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California 1st District Court of Appeals is poised to take a second look at the constitutionality of California's independent medical review process, with its focus this time on the anonymity of the doctor providing the opinion. ...Read More

WCAB Suspends Hearing Rep for Failing to Comply With Sanctions 02/08/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2186 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board on Friday issued an en banc decision suspending the privilege of a lien claimant's hearing representative from appearing before any administrative law judge for 90 days. ...Read More

2nd DCA Denies Review of 49ers Challenge to Player's Award for Brain Injury 02/08/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1134 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 2nd District Court of Appeals on Thursday summarily denied review of three workers' compensation cases, including a challenge by the San Francisco 49ers to an award of medical treatment to a former linebacker for his brain injuries. ...Read More
DWC Proposes Adopting ODG Mental Illness and Stress Sections 02/08/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1099 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers' Compensation posted to its online forum proposed rules that would incorporate into the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule mental illness and stress recommendations in the Official Disability Guidelines. The division is proposing to adopt the &qu...Read More
Budget Session Heavy on Comp 02/08/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NM | Segment: Top | 536 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New Mexico lawmakers are supposed to focus on budget issues during the short legislative session that ends in less than two weeks, but they're spending a lot of time on workers' compensation. Nine workers' compensation bills were introduc...Read More
Report Finds Rate Softening Continuing into 2016 02/08/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1078 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
A report released on Friday found that U.S. property and casualty insurance rates fell 4% in January, in one of the first pieces of evidence this year that rate softening is continuing in 2016. The report from MarketScout, an insurance distribution and underwriting company headquarte...Read More
The Hanover Sees Slight Drop in Net Income, Premiums 02/08/2016
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 386 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Hanover Insurance Group on Feb. 4 reported a drop in its fourth quarter 2015 net income to $77.6 million, compared to $89.9 million in the same period of 2014. The national insurer logged a slight decline in its net written premiums in the third quarter to $1.04 billion, compared to $...Read More
Bill Would Grant Coverage Exemption Certificates to Small Employers 02/08/2016
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 438 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bill introduced in the Georgia Senate last week would allow employers with fewer than three workers to apply for a certificate of exemption from the state's mandatory coverage law. ...Read More
WCD Revises Calculation for Gainful Employment 02/08/2016
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 333 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
Oregon's Workers' Compensation Division updated its guidelines for determining whether an injured worker is entitled to continued permanent total disability benefits. State law defines gainful occupation for workers injured before Jan. 1, 2006, as any job that pays weekly wages th...Read More

Opt-Out Supporters Hope to Revive Bill Pulled from Calendar 02/08/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 517 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Supporters of legislation that would allow Tennessee employers to opt out of the workers' compensation system are hoping to find another lawmaker to carry the torch after the lead author took the bill off the calendar last week, ...Read More
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