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Coverage Database Bill Clears State Senate 02/28/2013
State: NC | Segment: EAST | 169 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The North Carolina Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve legislation needed to re-launch that portion of the North Carolina Industrial Commission's website that provides workers' compensation coverage information on employers....Read More
 
 
Carrier's Delay in Paying RICO Settlement Not Contemptuous 02/28/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 257 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A federal trial court judge in Colorado ruled that one of the insurance carriers involved in last year's settlement between Walmart and 13,521 current and former employees resolving claims that the retail giant violated federal racketeering laws by conspiring with insurers and its medical c...Read More
 
 
Construction Co. Cited for Fall-Protection Hazards 02/28/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 257 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Wolff Construction LP with nine serious safety violations for exposing workers to fall hazards following a complaint inspection that began in October 2012 when workers were erecting concrete steel forms of heights up to 15 feet without...Read More
 
 
Committee Chairman Says Bills Remove Worker Protections 02/28/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 319 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A lawmaker with the power to kill workers’ compensation bills by not calling the measures for a hearing said in an editorial that proposals to expand settlement options and allow some employers to schedule medical and vocational exams would “peel back” protections for injured worke...Read More
 
 
Court Rules Meat Company Drivers Are Subject to Comp Premiums 02/28/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 207 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A meat and seafood distribution company must pay workers' compensation premiums for drivers who leased its trucks and sold its products for a profit, even though they signed independent contractor agreements, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled.Case: RJ Enterprises LLC of Oregon v. Dep...Read More
 
 
Check-Cashing Scheme 'Ring Leader' Arrested, $1M Seized 02/28/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 273 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An investigation by Florida's Workers' Compensation Fraud Task Force led to the arrest of the ringleader of a check-cashing scheme set up to help employers avoid paying workers' compensation premiums, the state Department of Financial Services said Wednesday.Agents with the N...Read More
 
 
Changes Announced for Arbitrators, Hearing Sites 02/28/2013
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 178 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission announced on Tuesday several changes involving arbitrators' schedules and locations during the next three months.Due to a large trial scheduled for March 15, Arbitrator Edward Lee's status call at the Lake County Courthouse must m...Read More
 
 
CWCI Finds More Costs and Lost Time with Repackaged Drugs 02/27/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 511 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Claims from 2002 to 2011 that involve physician-dispensed repackaged drugs had 17% higher medical benefit costs, 13% higher indemnity costs and 9% more lost-time days than claims without physician-dispensed repackaged drugs, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute reported.F...Read More
 
 
Court Reverses Deauthorization of Worker's Doctor 02/27/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 451 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal is giving an injured worker a second chance to challenge his employer's deauthorization of his pain management doctor.Case: Beavers v. Carpenter Contractors of America, No. 1D12-0324, 02/26/2013, published....Read More
 
 
Casting Facility Draws 24 Citations, $112,500 in Fines 02/27/2013
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 285 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 24 serious citations, with fines totaling $112,500, to C&H Die Casting, Inc., of Troy, Texas, for alleged violations at its aluminum die cast manufacturing facility on Lely Drive.OSHA said safety and health inspections, whi...Read More
 
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