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Court Knocks Board for Failing to Explain Why Worker Shouldn't Get Award of Penalties 11/06/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 162 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the state Workers' Compensation Board denying an award of penalties and attorney fees to a worker on the basis that the board had failed to adequately explain its reasoning as to why the employer's act of cutting off the worker's bene...Read More

CNA's Net Income, P&C Premiums Shrink in Q3 11/06/2014
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 324 | 0 | Popular with Legal
CNA Financial Corp. posted a 21.7% drop in net income in the third quarter of 2014 on the back of shrinking premium in its property and casualty operations. ...Read More

Court Clarifies How to Calculate AWW for Death Benefit Award for Retired Workers 11/05/2014
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NC | Segment: Top | 683 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a carrier owed benefits to a widow for her late-husband's death from lung cancer, based on the amount he had made during his last year of employment, even though he had been retired for 19 years and had no earning capacity by the tim...Read More
Cornstarch Plant Hit with $46,400 in OSHA Fines due to Combustible Dust Hazards 11/05/2014
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 350 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An excess level of combustible cornstarch dust led to $46,400 in proposed penalties against a Paris, Illinois, facility, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. OSHA cited Septimus Inc. for 21 serious safety and health violations after inspecting the plant in response...Read More

Court Upholds $631,500 Award to Injured Worker on Disability Discrimination Claim 11/04/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 314 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Missouri appellate court upheld an award of $631,500 in compensatory and punitive damages to an injured hospital worker on his disability discrimination claim. Case: Bowolak v. Mercy East Communities, No. ED100502, 10/28/2014, published. Facts: Tim W. Bowolak applied for a posit...Read More

Custodian Can Bring Cumulative Trauma Claim for Disability after Workplace Fall 11/04/2014
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 391 | 0 | Popular with Legal
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Court Orders Wood Floorer to Pay $5,000 in Restitution to BWC for Comp Fraud 11/04/2014
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 304 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Wheelersburg, Ohio, man has been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation after pleading guilty to fraud. Rodney Whisman pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor charge Oct. 22 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, according to a Frid...Read More

Court Allows Jones Act Claim Based on Archaeologist's Drowning to Proceed 11/04/2014
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 313 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that an archeologist's widow could proceed with her Jones Act claim based on her late-husband's drowning in the Hudson River. Case: Marston v. General Electric Co., No. 517694, 10/30/2014, published. ...Read More
Copperpoint Cos. Hold More than 25% of Marketplace 11/03/2014
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 564 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 374 min read
The seven subsidiaries of Copperpoint Mutual Insurance Co. combined to write $213.6 million in premiums in 2013, accounting for 27.62% of the $773.2 million in premium written by 341 carriers in Arizona, according to a WorkCompCentral analysis of data in the Department of Insurance 2014 annual re...Read More
Checkout System Helps Visually Impaired Return to Work 11/03/2014
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 198 | 0 | Popular with Array
A $400 piece of equipment that allows Robert Wilkins to work as a cashier at a Fuddruckers in Montana despite the fact that he's nearly blind could be incorporated into nearly any retail environment, the Missoulian reports. A partnership with the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation prog...Read More
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