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Workers' Compensation News

City Denies Families of 'Seasonal' Firefighters Full Death Benefits 08/14/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 303 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The families of the 19 firefighters who died in an Arizona wildfire in late June are all entitled to workers' compensation death benefits and a one-time federal payment of $328,000 for the loss of their loved ones, but the City of Prescott is saying that only six of the families are entitle...Read More
Court Revives Plumber's Tort Suit against Property Owner, Subs 08/13/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 1109 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oregon Court of Appeals last week revived an injured plumber's negligence suit against a property owner acting as the general contractor on the construction of a residence, as well as two framing subcontractors  who also worked on the project, based on his fall from the second stor...Read More
Comp Costs Cited in Fight for Aerospace Jobs in Calif., Wash. 08/13/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: WEST | 541 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The cost of workers’ compensation insurance in California is a significant concern to aviation companies, industry representatives said during a public hearing of the state Assembly’s Select Committee on Aerospace in Redondo Beach, according to a report by the Daily Breeze.Bu...Read More
Commission CEO Resigning for Position with WCRI 08/13/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: AR | Segment: CENTRAL | 393 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Alan McClain, the former chief executive officer of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, will soon join the Workers Compensation Research Institute as a regional director, WCRI announced Monday. McClain now oversees all operations for the 12 divisions of the Arkansas Worker...Read More
Court Rejects Worker's Bad-Faith Claim against Employer, Carrier 08/13/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: IA | Segment: CENTRAL | 587 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An injured worker's lawsuit against his employer and his employer's insurance carrier for their alleged bad-faith refusal to pay for his medical care pursuant to the settlement agreement between them was essentially a breach-of-contract claim, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled....Read More
CWCI: RBRVS Could Cost $250M, Exceed 120% of Medicare 08/12/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 854 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Greg Jones, Western Bureau ChiefThe transition of California's fee schedule to a Resource-Based Relative Value Scale will increase physician costs by a cumulative total of $250 million during the next four years, m...Read More
Court Clarifies Definition of Compensable 'Combined Condition' 08/12/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 451 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Oregon worker's condition of ill-being, if caused by a combination of a preexisting condition and an industrial injury, will be compensable if the industrial injury is the major contributing cause of the worker's disability or need for treatment, the Court of Appeals ruled. ...Read More
Committee Passes SB 863 Clean Up and Carrier-Reporting Measures 08/09/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 529 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Assembly Insurance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an SB 863 clean-up bill and a second measure that would require the Department of Insurance to create a new web page to host financial data about work comp carriers.The committee voted 8-4, with all Republicans...Read More
Chris Citko Joins SCIF from Insurance Department 08/09/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 909 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Christopher Citko is leaving the California Department of Insurance and joining State Compensation Insurance Fund as deputy chief counsel of corporate legal beginning Monday.Citko was senior counsel for the Insurance Department and regularly attended Workers’ Compensation Insurance...Read More
Claimant Who Kept Working after Injury Gets PTD Award 08/09/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: TN | Segment: EAST | 603 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Tennessee factory worker was entitled to an award of permanent and total disability benefits for her injury, despite the fact that she was able to continue working for three years after her injury, in excess of her doctor's recommended restrictions, the state Supreme Court ruled....Read More
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