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Workers' Compensation News

Claimant Pleads Guilty to Double Dipping, Must Repay $3,239 10/08/2013
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 383 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A claimant pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud after the Bureau of Workers' Compensation confirmed that he was working as a roofer and construction worker while receiving workers' compensation benefits. Donald Whitford, of Brunswick, Ohio, pleaded guilty to workers&...Read More
Court Reverses Order Transferring Liability to Special Fund 10/08/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 232 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court overturned an administrative determination that an employer's liability for benefits to an injured worker ought to shift to the Special Fund for Reopened Cases, finding that this decision was not supported by sufficient evidence.Case: M...Read More
Comp a Roadblock for FEMA Volunteers 10/07/2013
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 154 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The chief of the Phoenix, Ariz., Fire Department and regional leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue Program told a U.S.  House subcommittee last week that the rescue squads are having trouble attracting volunteers because of a lack of liability and work...Read More
Columbia Firm Adds Comp Associate 10/07/2013
State: SC | Segment: EAST | 363 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The law firm of Collins & Lacy announced last week that Blakely Molitor has joined the firm's Columbia, S.C., office as an associate practicing in the areas of insurance company and workers' compensation defense."Blakely is a unique asset to the Collins & Lacy team in tha...Read More
Coventry's PBM Contract with Veterans Affairs Extended 10/07/2013
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 319 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Coventry Workers’ Comp Services has been awarded a contract extension to provide pharmacy and durable medical equipment services to more than 14,000 Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the contract, Coventry will provide its First Script Pharmacy Benefit Management and ...Read More
Cuomo Vetoes Acupuncture Bill 10/07/2013
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 459 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have allowed injured workers to be treated by acupuncturists and established a system for authorization of acupuncturists by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board.On Sept. 27, Cuomo vetoed Assembly 5940, filed by A...Read More
CAAA Asks WCAB to Keep Goleta District Office Open 10/04/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 357 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Applicants' Attorneys Association is asking the Division of Workers' Compensation to reconsider its decision to close the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board's district office in Goleta."The planned closure of the Goleta WCAB will impose considerable hardsh...Read More
Court Reverses PTD Award for Worker's Injuries from Car Crash 10/04/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: AR | Segment: CENTRAL | 396 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Arkansas appellate court ruled that a 64-year-old worker with a limited education and job skills was not permanently and totally disabled by her back and shoulder injuries from an on-the-job car accident. Case: Pruitt v. Community Development Institute, No. C...Read More
Court Upholds Dismissal of Worker's Claim Based on HIV Exposure 10/04/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 368 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A self-represented former hospital worker's failure to file a complaint necessitated dismissal of her claim for workers' compensation benefits based on her alleged industrial exposure to HIV, an Ohio appellate court ruled. Case: Wright v. Miami Valley Ho...Read More
CNA Financial Appoints New Head of Long Island Branch 10/04/2013
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 280 | 0 | Popular with Legal
CNA Financial has appointed Bob Schmid as branch vice president for the Long Island branch, effective Oct. 1.Schmid was previously commercial underwriter officer at the branch and more recently took on responsibility for the Hartford and Westchester branches.Prior to CNA, he ...Read More
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