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Workers' Compensation News

Examination 2,500 Miles Away Deemed Unreasonable 01/16/2007
State: AK | Segment: Courts | 133 | 0
A claimant's refusal to attend an employer's independent medical examination (EIME) located 2,500 miles from her home was not unreasonable and did not constitute a valid reason to terminate her benefits, the Alaska Supreme Court held. In Thoeni v. Consumer Electronic Services, S-11...Read More
Ex-City Manager Sent to Prison for Comp Kickbacks 01/15/2007
State: MO | Segment: Top | 82 | 0
A former city manager near St. Louis, Mo., was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in federal prison for accepting kickbacks from an agent in exchange for placement of the city's workers' compensation insurance. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported the sentencing of former Berkeley City ...Read More
Ex-Cop Pleads to Comp Check-Theft Scam 01/12/2007
State: MD | Segment: Fraud | 183 | 0
A former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty to taking part in a check-theft scheme for which the claims adjuster on his workers' compensation case is also accused. The Maryland Attorney General's Office said that Andre Alan Stover, 40, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimo...Read More
Engineers Make First Wireless Call From Mine 01/11/2007
State: PA | Segment: Safety | 112 | 0
Rajant Corp. said Tuesday it teamed with Sanmina-SCI and Hannah Engineering to make the first wireless call from 1,000 feet deep in a Pennsylvania coal mine to multiple outside extensions amid continuing complaints that wireless technology has not kept pace with new federal safety regulations....Read More
Employers Launches Comp/Payroll Partnership 01/10/2007
State: CA | Segment: Business | 152 | 0
Employers Compensation Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that it has joined with a payroll outsourcing company, E-chx, and the Granite Professional Insurance Agency on a program that will allow small California businesses to manage workers' compensation insurance coverage in partnership with payroll s...Read More
Employers Announces Program for Calif. Pharmacies 01/05/2007
State: CA | Segment: Business | 71 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers announced Thursday an enhanced workers' compensation insurance program for California's independent pharmacies. The program is designed to help independent pharmacies gain access to Employers' workers' compensation product. "California's independent pharmacies provid...Read More
Employer's Contest of Late-Payment Penalty Rejected 01/05/2007
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 115 | 0
An employer's contest of a claimant's penalty petition was unreasonable considering that the employer failed to produce any evidence in defense of its failure to pay, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decided. The court in R.K. Briggs Enterprises Inc. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal B...Read More
Embezzling, Fraud Charges Leveled at New Councilman 01/02/2007
State: CA | Segment: Fraud | 107 | 0
A newly elected city councilman in the Central Valley is due in court on Feb. 1 to face charges that he embezzled $184,000 in workers' compensation funds from a plant nursery. After a warrant was issued for Adrian Jiminez, he reportedly failed to show up to take his oath of office as a Hugh...Read More
Ex-Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud 01/02/2007
State: OH | Segment: Fraud | 125 | 0
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation reported a former police officer pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony, and was sentenced to make restitution and placed on community control for five years. The Franklin County Common Pleas Court ordered Paul Thornton ...Read More
Employer Needs to Prove Initial Uncertainty to Deny 12/22/2006
State: NC | Segment: Courts | 97 | 0
When an employer elects to make payments to an employee for a workers' compensation claim without prejudice to later deny that claim, the employer must show it had reasonable grounds to support initial uncertainty over the claim's compensability, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in a publis...Read More
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