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Workers' Compensation News

Farm Worker Arrested on Fraud Charges 07/10/2006
State: CA | Segment: Fraud | 421 | 0
A Southern California agricultural worker who filed a claim for an industrial back injury has been arrested on fraud charges, LWP Claims Solutions said in a press release. Guadalupe Martinez, an employee of Vessey and Company, was arrested on May 16 after suveillance videotape showed that h...Read More
Firm's 31 Citations Bring $136,000 in Fines 07/10/2006
State: NJ | Segment: Safety | 439 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Radial International Corp. for 31 alleged safety and health violations and levied $136,000 in penalties against the Kearny, N.J., company. Radial International does business as Radio Casting Corp. and is a brass foundry and aluminum di...Read More
Fugitive in Comp Fraud Case Caught 07/05/2006
State: CA | Segment: Fraud | 330 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A fugitive arrested trying to re-enter the United States has been jailed in Los Angeles County for trying to collect workers' compensation after getting hurt in a brawl. The District Attorney's Office filed charges in February 2003 against Juan Antonio Hernandez, accusing him of six felo...Read More
Fireman's Fund Boasts of Perfect Audit Results 07/05/2006
State: TX | Segment: Business | 275 | 0
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. said it achieved a perfect score during a loss-control regulatory audit by Texas regulators, the second year in a row the company accomplished a flawless result. "We couldn't be more proud of this accomplishment," said Chris Smith, vice president for commercial ...Read More
Fraud Nets Jail Term, Requires Restitution 06/30/2006
State: CA | Segment: Fraud | 335 | 0
California State Compensation Insurance Fund announced Thursday that it recently received $64,000 in restitution from the owner of a San Luis Obispo county moving company. Mark John Frey, 38, of Oceano, pleaded no contest on May 15 to one count of workers' compensation insurance premium fra...Read More
Fatal Cardiac From Meeting Stress Ruled Compensable 06/28/2006
State: CT | Segment: Courts | 201 | 0
A school superintendent's fatal attack during a heated meeting with the school board was compensable because the stress was connected to his work, the Connecticut Court of Appeals ruled. Widow Sharon Chesler petitioned and received benefits after the death of her husband, Nathan Chesler. ...Read More
Fla. 1st Awards Penalties on Late Denial 06/28/2006
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 451 | 0
The First District Court of Appeals for Florida ruled that failure to file a denial within 14 days of receipt of petition for benefits warrants an award for penalties. In Office Depot vs. Ortega (1D04-5625, 06/27/2006), the employer did not file its notice of denial within 14 day...Read More
Fla. 1st: Managed Care Not Relevant to Indemnity 06/28/2006
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 134 | 0
The First District Court of Appeals for Florida ruled that a claimant is not barred from seeking indemnity benefits for merely refusing to participate in the employer's managed care arrangement. In American Panel Corporation vs. Smith (1D05-3446, 06/27/2006), the Judge of Compensat...Read More
Forklift Driver Indicted for Allegedly Double Dipping 06/27/2006
State: TX | Segment: Fraud | 95 | 0
A Fort Worth, Texas forklift driver has been indicted for allegedly collecting $9,288 in workers' comp benefits he was not entitled to, Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced Monday. The insurer said the Parker County grand jury returned an indictment against David Ray DeRusha. He reported ...Read More
Fla. Gov. Signs Bill Aiding Meth-Lab Responders 06/27/2006
State: FL | Segment: Politics | 207 | 0
Although the push to give Florida's first a responders an edge on workers' compensation benefits died in the Florida Legislature this session, Gov. Jeb Bush has signed another bill that helps on a couple of other insurance fronts. On Monday, Bush signed HB1325, which guarantees that law enf...Read More
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