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Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon Wins Reelection 10/23/2007
State: LA | Segment: Politics | 80 | 0
Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance James J. (Jim) Donelon (R) was reelected Saturday with approximately 51% of the vote in the state's "open primary." Because he received more than 50% of the vote, under Louisiana election law Donelon's victory constitutes reelection for a four-year term....Read More
IWIF Presents Dividend Check to Retailers Group 10/23/2007
State: MD | Segment: Business | 643 | 0
IWIF announced Monday that it presented a group safety dividend check in the amount of $107,000 to participating members of the Maryland Retailers Association.Members earned the group safety dividend for controlling losses and preve...Read More
Insurers Threatening Legal Action Over Reform Provision 10/19/2007
State: NY | Segment: Top | 280 | 0
A little-noticed section of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's 2007 workers' compensation reform package requiring carriers to deposit money to cover permanent partial disability claims with a unit of the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) is under attack by attorneys, insurance agents and the state's major ca...Read More
Injury Rates Remain at All-Time Low in 2006 10/17/2007
State: MN | Segment: Safety | 135 | 0
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry says a recent survey shows the state's workplace injury and illness rate was unchanged from 2005 to 2006 and remains at an all-time low. The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses shows an estimated total of 107,100 nonfatal wor...Read More
Intergrated Disability/Health Plans Speed RTW 10/16/2007
State: NA | Segment: Business | 436 | 0
Individuals covered by CIGNA's integrated medical and disability programs who have taken a short-term disability leave are more likely to return to work, according to newly released research by CIGNA. The study shows marked improvement in return-to-work rates for these claimants of at lea...Read More
Insurer Must Pay Claimant's Attorney's Fees Regularly 10/15/2007
State: NY | Segment: Courts | 256 | 0
An insurance carrier must pay a worker's attorney fees continuously following a subrogation recovery, a court ruled. In Owen F. Burns, III et al., v. James R. Varriale Jr., the New York Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court's discretion to "fashion a means of apportionin...Read More
Ironshore Taps Former Lloyd's CEO For Board 10/12/2007
State: NA | Segment: Business | 161 | 0
Bermuda reinsurer Ironshore announced Thursday that Ronald A. Sandler has been elected to its board of directors. Ironshore said Sandler is a recognized leader within the London insurance market, where he was chief executive officer of Lloyd's from 1995 to 1999. Sandler also held senior po...Read More
Insurance Department Director Tim Wagner Dies 10/11/2007
State: NE | Segment: Regulatory | 96 | 0
Tim Wagner, director of the Nebraska Department of Insurance, died Oct. 9 at the age of 65, the office of Gov. Dave Heineman reported Wednesday. Wagner had served as the director of the department since 1999. "I want to express my deepest condolences to Tim's family and all those w...Read More
Indiana Court Says Stripper Entitled to Comp Award 10/11/2007
State: IN | Segment: Courts | 125 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A strip club that carried no workers' compensation insurance must pay a dancer who was hurt during her performance, the Indiana Court of Appeals held in a published opinion. The state Workers' Compensation Board had awarded dancer Angela Hobson benefits after she reported a neck and shou...Read More
Insurance Council Sets Comp Claims Seminars 10/11/2007
State: TX | Segment: Events | 118 | 0
The Insurance Council of Texas will hold seminars in November on "The Life and Times of a Workers' Compensation Claim," offering a program that "puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and traces a workers' compensation claim from the onset of the injury to the injured employee's return to work....Read More
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