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Workers' Compensation News

RTW Reports Small Uptick in Quarterly Profit 07/28/2006
State: NA | Segment: Business | 77 | 0
RTW Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2006, campared to $1.3 million for the same period last year. RTW said in a press release that premiums earned in the second quarter totaled $11 million, down 10.9% from $12.4 million for the same period in 2...Read More
Refusal to Pay Ordered Benefits Violates Act 07/27/2006
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 138 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Nothing in the Workers' Compensation Act permits an employer unilaterally to delay paying court-ordered benefits while waiting for wage information in a specific format, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled. The court in City of Pittsburgh v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Boa...Read More
Ruling Limiting Liability Held Appealable 07/24/2006
State: NC | Segment: Courts | 199 | 0
The North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected a woman's challenge to an interlocutory order that released all but one defendant she named in a work-related automobile injury lawsuit. Linda Asher was injured in an automobile accident while in the course of her employment for defendant John H...Read More
Ruling Affirms Attorney-Client Privilege 07/24/2006
State: MN | Segment: Courts | 118 | 0
Attorney-client communication is protected from being introduced as evidence at trial unless the communication is in furtherance of a crime or fraud, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed in a man's retaliatory discharge lawsuit. Lyle Thomason in Thomason v. Sappi-Cloquet, No. A...Read More
Ruling Affirms Competency of Expert 07/21/2006
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 213 | 0
The Pennyslvania Commonwealth Court refused to discredit a medical expert's testimony that a claimant had recovered from an injury, though the doctor questioned the man's diagnosis. In McKenna v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, No. 547 C.D. 2006 (7/19/06), a workers' compensatio...Read More
Rules on Independent Contractors Proposed 07/21/2006
State: OR | Segment: Regulatory | 78 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division (WCD) and four other agencies have proposed adopting rules defining and dealing with independent contractors, with hearings set for Sept. 15 and 22. DWC noted that Senate Bill 323 by the 2005 Legislature, directs several state agencies to work toget...Read More
Refusal to Recalculate Wages Upheld 07/21/2006
State: OH | Segment: Courts | 292 | 0
A magistrate properly applied the law in denying a man's request that his average weekly wage be readjusted, an Ohio appellate court ruled the day before the state Supreme Court set a new precedent by rejecting case findings that formed the foundation for the magistrate's decision. The Oh...Read More
Ruling on 'Goof' in Missouri's SB 1 Appealed 07/18/2006
State: MO | Segment: Courts | 52 | 0
A trial judge acted prematurely when he ruled that a goof in Missouri's workers' compensation reform law didn't negate coverage last year for the state's employees and employers, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon argues in a just-filed appeal. Nixon filed a petition Friday with the Weste...Read More
Ruling of No Industrial Causation Upheld 07/17/2006
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 318 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California's Fifth Appellate District, in an opinion not certified for publication, upheld a WCAB denial of reconsideration where findings of non-industrial causation were based on substantial medical evidence. In Wilma Benyamino vs. WCAB (F048773, 07/14/2006) Benyamino was employe...Read More
Ruling: WCC Lacks Jurisdiction to Set Rates 07/14/2006
State: VA | Segment: Courts | 117 | 0
Virginia's Court of Appeals, in an opinion not certified for publication, ruled that the Workers' Compensation Commission did not have jurisdiction to issue an advisory opinion that established a schedule of approved charges for producing copies of medical documents related to workers' compensation ...Read More
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