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Workers' Compensation News

 

Court Upholds VSSR Award, Clarifies Who Qualifies as Machine 'Operator' 07/08/2020
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 83 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
An Ohio appellate court upheld an award of enhanced benefits to a worker who was injured by his employer’s violation of a specific safety requirement. ...Read More
 
 

Hopke Confirmed as Latest Comp Judge 07/08/2020
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 193 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 2 min read
The New Jersey Senate confirmed claimants' attorney Fred Hopke as a workers' compensation judge, his firm announced Tuesday. ...Read More
 
 

Some In-Person Hearings Resume, but Face Coverings Required 07/08/2020
State: NA | Segment: SOUTH | 172 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 89 min read
Compensation agencies in five states announced updates to protocols for meetings and hearings as the coronavirus pandemic continues. ...Read More
 
 

Comments Close for DWC Pharma Fee Schedule; Dispensing Fee Remains Point of Contention 07/07/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 270 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
The public comment period for the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s latest Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule proposal ended Friday, with the possible elimination of the physician dispensing fee being a sticking point among some stakeholders. ...Read More
 
 

DWC Updates Pathology and Laboratory, DMEPOS Fee Schedules 07/07/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 171 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 50 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted Medicare’s changes into the pathology and clinical laboratory section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule as well as the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies section. ...Read More
 
 

Conservator for Injured Worker Can't Assess Attorney Fees Against Comp Carrier 07/07/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 606 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 104 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a probate court lacked jurisdiction to hear a conservator’s motion to assess attorney fees against the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for the conservatee’s employer. ...Read More
 
 

NCOIL, NAIC, Other Groups Clash Over Insurance Rules, Rate Methods 07/07/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 458 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
A disagreement between two national insurance regulatory associations has boiled over into the national spotlight, with racial overtones and potential implications for how workers' compensation premiums could one day be determined. ...Read More
 
 

Worker Fails to Prove Entitlement to Additional Benefits 07/07/2020
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 96 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled that a worker is not entitled to the permanent disability benefits and additional medical treatment he had requested, and that he was properly barred from depositing his treating doctor.  ...Read More
 
 

High Court Clarifies Availability of Apportionment, Loss of Earning Power 07/07/2020
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 101 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 19 min read
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that apportionment is not available for claims occurring after Dec. 1, 1997, and that a worker cannot recover independent awards for successive whole body injuries when the subsequent injury is to a separate body part but does not result in a further loss of ...Read More
 
 

Dems Want COVID Presumption for Federal Wildfire Workers 07/07/2020
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 160 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Three U.S. senators, all Democrats, have introduced legislation that would create a presumption that federal wildfire workers who contract COVID-19 during fire season do so in the line of duty. ...Read More
 
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