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Worker Can't Reopen Claim Without Objective Evidence of Worsened Condition 02/05/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 99 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
The Washington Court of Appeals upheld the denial of a worker’s request to re-open her claim, finding she had failed to present objective medical evidence of a worsening in her condition. ...Read More

WCC Calling for Arbitrator Evaluations by March 1 02/05/2018
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 60 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 6 min read
The Workers’ Compensation Commission is asking stakeholders to evaluate the agency’s 34 arbitrators by filling out an evaluation form that is due by March 1. ...Read More

Worker Can Receive 2nd Neck Surgery for Workplace Trip-and-Fall 02/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 120 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a worker was entitled to a second neck surgery for his injuries from falling head-first into a doorjamb. ...Read More

Western State Lawmakers Debating Proposals That Would Revise Who Is Covered by Comp 02/01/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 196 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Although their motives vary, lawmakers in a handful of western states are debating bills that would revise who has access to workers’ compensation benefits. ...Read More

Worker-Friendly Reform Bill Moves on to House of Representatives 02/01/2018
State: IN | Segment: NORTH | 142 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 85 min read
The Indiana State Senate has passed a bill that would establish a time frame for workers’ compensation payments and penalize employers who fail to pay on time. ...Read More
W.R. Berkley Profit Slips 8.8% in 2017 02/01/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 92 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
W.R. Berkley Corp. has reported fourth quarter net income of $154 million, a 1.2% increase from $153 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. For the full year, net income was $549 million, an 8.8% decrease from $602 million in 2016. Catastrophe losses in the fourth quarter totaled ...Read More

Worker Wellness Programs Have Skeptics, Supporters 01/31/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 264 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research may fuel the skepticism surrounding workplace wellness programs, even as some in the workers’ comp industry are ramping up investment in the programs. ...Read More

Worker Should Get Benefits for Back Injury Despite Delay in Reporting 01/31/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 102 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a school district employee was entitled to benefits for a back injury she sustained while attending a conference despite her delay in reporting the injury to her employer. ...Read More

Worker Who Ran Out of TTD Can Get PTD 01/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 130 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 92 min read
A unanimous Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that an employer was liable for payment of permanent total disability compensation to an injured worker who had collected the statutory maximum amount of temporary total disability benefits but had not yet reached maximum medical improvemen...Read More

Worker's Performance of Routine Duty Produced 'Unusual Strain' 01/30/2018
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 110 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
A Missouri appellate court ruled that a dairy worker was entitled to benefits for a broken rib, finding she had sustained an “unusual strain” while performing her regular job duties. ...Read More
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