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MarketScout: P&C Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive Month 01/06/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 455 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The property and casualty insurance composite rate was down for the fourth month in a row in December, signaling the official start of a soft market, MarketScout reported. December’s decrease of 4% in the...Read More

Court Says Injured Worker Could Get Schedule Loss of Use Benefits as Lump Sum 01/06/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 322 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that the state Workers' Compensation Board could award a worker a schedule loss of use benefits as a lump sum without running afoul of the maximum disability rate provisions of Workers' Compensation Law Section 15. ...Read More

No Disability Retirement Benefits for Injured Corrections Officer 01/06/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 340 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that a corrections officer was not entitled to disability retirement benefits despite conflicting medical evidence about the extent of the disability he had from work-related injuries to his shoulder, wrist and hand. ...Read More

Sedgwick Agrees to Pay $1.129 Million for UR Violations 01/05/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 8032 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Sedgwick Claims Management Services agreed to pay a fine of $1,129,600 to settle allegations of Labor Code violations stemming from a targeted inspection of utilization review practices the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board ordered in 2013 after an injured worker who was denied h...Read More

Insurance Department Highlights 2015 Successes 01/05/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2143 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Arrests for workers' compensation fraud and a crackdown on the underground economy were highlights of 2015, according to a statement from the California Department of Insurance. ...Read More

Regulators Mull Policy Barring Compensation for Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections 01/05/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 2150 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Many professional athletes have used platelet-rich plasma injections as a way to heal injuries faster and get back on the job sooner. But the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division isn’t impressed with the therapy, and is moving toward renewing a policy that the treatment is not compen...Read More

Medical Providers to Oppose Drug Monitoring Mandates 01/05/2016
State: MD | Segment: Top | 555 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
Medical providers in Maryland say they will oppose any legislation this session to impose mandatory use of the state's prescription drug monitoring program, citing concerns over patient-physician relationships, technology and a provision in current state law that prohibits anyone but a physic...Read More
Procedural Flaws Cited by Defense As Basis to Dismiss Stahl Case 01/05/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 804 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The employer involved in a constitutional challenge to the Florida comp system closed out 2015 by asking the state Supreme Court to toss the case on procedural grounds, or rescind its grant of review. “It would be improper for an appellate court to review the constitutionality ...Read More

No Penalties for Employer's Allegedly Late Payment of Settlement 01/05/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 536 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court denied a worker's claim for penalties for the late payment of his settlement, finding the worker had failed to prove when the settlement was reduced to writing and signed by the parties. ...Read More

Court Tosses Chiropractor's Declaratory Relief Claims in Payment Spat 01/05/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 1056 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Texas appellate court ruled that a chiropractor could not pursue his claims for declaratory relief as part of his challenge to the denial of payment for his services to an injured worker. ...Read More
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