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New Bill Seen as Compromise; Would Set Up Opioid-Only Formulary 06/12/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: MA | Segment: Top | 294 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
A bill promoted by the Massachusetts governor earlier this year that would have created an extensive workers' compensation formulary has morphed into a measure that would restrict only opioid-based medications. ...Read More

Volunteer EMT Entitled to Trial on Calculation of AWW 06/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 77 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 30 min read
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that a volunteer emergency medical technician was entitled to a jury trial as to the proper calculation of his average weekly wage for determining the amount of benefits due for a duty-related injury. ...Read More

Employer Can't Recover Benefits Paid to Worker Through Indemnity Agreement 06/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 129 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
The Hawaii Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that an employer cannot recover workers' compensation payments under a contractual indemnification provision with a third-party tortfeasor that causes injury to its own employee. ...Read More

Division Proposing Fee Increases, Dispute-Resolution Process 06/12/2018
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 120 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 84 min read
The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation is proposing medical fee increases of about 1% to 5% and adoption of new medical-dispute procedures in its annual update to its medical fee schedule and utilization review rules. ...Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Denial of Benefits to Worker Struck by Drunken Driver 06/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KS | Segment: NORTH | 156 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a worker was not entitled to benefits for his injuries from being stuck by a drunken driver while on an out-of-town construction job. ...Read More

Homicide Suspect Sentenced in Work Comp Case 06/12/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 95 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
An Ohio man suspected of killing a man who was romantically interested in his girlfriend has been sentenced to a year in prison for creating a phony workers’ comp certificate of coverage, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. ...Read More

SAIF Board Elects Chairman, Welcomes New Member 06/12/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 343 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 89 min read
The board of directors for SAIF Corp. elected Jeff Stone as chairman, and Krishna Balasubramani vice chair, the carrier announced Monday. ...Read More

Division Approves Fee Schedule Increase 06/12/2018
State: SD | Segment: NORTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
The South Dakota Division of Labor and Management has approved a revision to the workers’ compensation fee schedule that increases the reimbursement rate to providers, by 0.5%. ...Read More

No Benefits for Train Conductor Assaulted by Passenger 06/12/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 93 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a train conductor was not entitled to benefits for her injuries from an assault by a passenger looking for a free ride. ...Read More

Supreme Court Suspends Attorney for Embezzlement From Firm 06/12/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 110 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 63 min read
The Tennessee Supreme Court last week suspended a Knoxville workers’ compensation attorney from the practice of law for having stolen funds from his former firm. ...Read More
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