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Workers' Compensation News

Commission Votes to Re-Terminate Employees 08/25/2014
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 616 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission on Thursday re-approved a number of items it previously approved at disputed closed-door meetings and voted to re-terminate six of the 16 employees it previously terminated early last month, according to The Oklahoman. Previous executive...Read More
Comp Board Seeks Comments on Improving System 08/25/2014
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 595 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board will hold a series of “open house” meetings throughout the state next month to hear public comments on ways to reduce premiums. Alaska had the highest premiums in the nation, according to the 2012 rate-ranking study by the Oregon De...Read More
Court Upholds Finding that Worker's Disability Was Temporary 08/25/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 398 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Arizona appellate court ruled that the medical opinion of an employer's expert provided a legally sufficient basis to support a finding that a worker's disability was temporary as opposed to permanent. Case: Aguayo v. Industrial Commission...Read More
CMS to Launch Online Calculation Tool for Drug Costs for Medicare Set-Asides 08/25/2014
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 647 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin offering online calculation and direct input of prescription drug costs for Medicare set-aside reviews on Oct. 6. As of that date, users of the Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal will be able to select drugs throug...Read More
Chiropractors’ Malicious Prosecution Case Heading to Trial 08/22/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2870 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 50 min read
A jury trial will begin in October in a civil complaint charging Travelers Property and Casualty Co. of America and former investigator William Reynolds with malicious prosecution for allegedly persuading a prosecutor to charge five chiropractors with insurance fraud and illegal practice of medic...Read More
Cal-OSHA Cites Aviation Co. for Death at LAX 08/22/2014
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 406 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California workplace safety regulators fined Menzies Aviation $77,250 for violations uncovered during an investigation into the February death of a worker who was killed after being thrown from a vehicle at Los Angeles International Airport. Cesar Valenzuela, 51, was driving a tow tractor...Read More
Court Upholds $1.19 Million FELA Verdict for Worker Who Died after Surgery for Broken Leg 08/22/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 632 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Texas appellate court upheld a $1.19 million award in favor of the family of a railroad worker who died from complications related to the surgical repair of his broken leg. Case: Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Estate of Gutierrez, No. 01-12-01029-CV...Read More
Court Rejects Worker's Claim that Employer Denied Her Comp Claim in Bad Faith 08/22/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 606 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that an employer had an objectively reasonable basis for disputing a worker's claim for benefits based on a workplace fall and that the worker's bad-faith claim therefore failed as a matter of law. Case: Salter...Read More
Comp Bills Get Makeover Heading into Final Days of Session 08/21/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3270 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Authors of several contentious workers’ compensation and labor law bills amended measures that they’re hoping to push through the Legislature before the Aug. 29 end of the legislative session. The bills were amended last week before the Senate Appropriations Committee passed t...Read More
Court Upholds Dismissal of Worker's Fraudulent Concealment Claim against Employer 08/21/2014
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1052 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court ruled that a worker suffering from renal failure could not sue his employer for concealing the fact that his workplace exposure to hazardous contaminants had contributed to his condition when he admittedly knew he had renal disease....Read More
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