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Workers' Compensation News

WCIRB Provides Update on Experience Rating System 05/05/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 164 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has updated its website with a new overview of California's experience rating system.The ratings bureau explains that the experience rating system "is a merit rating system that provides a direct financial incentive for employers ...Read More
Workers' Comp Court Amends Lincoln Schedule for May 18 05/05/2010
State: NE | Segment: CENTRAL | 114 | 0
The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court has amended the list of scheduled cases for hearing in Lincoln on May 18.The court reported No. 205-1974, Michael E. Stacy v. Great Lakes Argi Marketing, Inc., has been continued.  The case had been set for hearing at 1:30 p.m. May 18....Read More
Willis Hires Haitsch from SAP as Practice Leader 05/05/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 286 | 0
Willis Group Holdings announced the appointment of George J. Haitsch as practice leader for Willis Risk Solutions (WRS), the business unit that serves the broker’s large, complex corporate clients in North America.Haitsch will be based in New York reporting to Eric Joost, national ...Read More
W.R. Berkley Appoints Two Senior VPs 05/04/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 575 | 0
W.R. Berkley Corp. announced Monday the appointments of Jeffrey M. Hafter and Lucille T. Sgaglione as senior vice presidents.Both Sgaglione and Hafter will have oversight responsibility for company operating units and report to W. Robert Berkley Jr., the company’s president and chi...Read More
WCRI Study Finds State Lowest Among 16 for Drug Costs 04/30/2010
State: MI | Segment: CENTRAL | 284 | 0
The average cost per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Michigan was the lowest among 16 study states, the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) reports.The study found that the average payment per claim for prescription drugs in Michigan’s ...Read More
Wrecking Company Draws 2 Citations, $60,000 in Fines 04/29/2010
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 104 | 0
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two citations with fines totaling $60,000 to National Wrecking Co. of Chicago for alleged violations of workplace safety standards.Following an inspection in November, OSHA issued a willful citation to the company for allegedly...Read More
Workers Memorial Day Events Set in Oakland and Downey 04/28/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 181 | 0
An official of the federal Occupational Safety and Heath Administration will be the featured speaker today at a Workers Memorial Day event in Oakland. Ken Nishiyama Atha, OSHA regional administrator, will speak about the spate of industrial deaths nationwide in the past month and the nee...Read More
W.R. Berkley Reports Net Income of $119M in 1st Quarter 04/28/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 154 | 0
W. R. Berkley Corp. reported net income of $119 million for the first quarter of 2010, compared to a loss of $20 million for the first quarter of 2009. Operating income for the first quarter of 2010 was $112 million, compared to $117 million for the corresponding quarter of 2009, the Gre...Read More
Worker Waived Right to Choose Alternate Doc, 1st DCA Concludes 04/28/2010
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 202 | 0
Although the Florida Statutes allow a claimant to choose an alternate treating physician if the employer ignores the worker's request for one, it is still possible for the claimant to waive that right, the 1st District Court of Appeal concluded. Case: Pruitt...Read More
Wide Array of Interest Groups Pushing for New Medical Fee Schedule 04/27/2010
State: NY | Segment: Top | 175 | 0
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefNew York's unions, trial lawyers and medical providers launched a joint push last week to boost medical fees for the first time since 1994, saying the State Workers' Compensation Boar...Read More
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