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Workers' Compensation News


Senate Approves Liability Protection but Removes COVID-19 Presumption for Workers 07/02/2020
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 158 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 83 min read
The Ohio Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to give businesses and health care providers temporary immunity from lawsuits during the COVID-19 crisis, but a benefits presumption for essential workers was removed from the bill. ...Read More

Older Drobot Seeks Release Over COVID-19 07/01/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1452 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
Convicted fraudster Michael D. Drobot is asking the federal court for California’s Central Federal District to release him from prison and allow him to work in an administrative role at a hospital or public health facility treating COVID-19 patients. ...Read More

Report: County Risk Department Rejects Push for Quarterly Updates 07/01/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 476 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 99 min read
The risk department for a county in Northern California rejected an auditor’s recommendation to consider sending quarterly newsletters about its work comp program to managers and supervisors, according to a report by the ...Read More

WCIRB Reports Combined Losses, Expenses 07/01/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 343 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
California workers’ compensation carriers paid $13.2 billion in combined losses and expenses last year compared to $13.3 billion in 2018, according to a new report from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. ...Read More

Worker Can't Bring IIED Claim Against Carrier 07/01/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1279 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a quadriplegic worker could not recover damages against his employer’s insurance carrier for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. ...Read More

DA Charges Firefighter With Fraud 07/01/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 590 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
A Southern California prosecutor announced fraud charges against a firefighter who allegedly misrepresented the extent of his injuries. Ventura County...Read More

Former Comp Doctor, Staff Indicted on Billing Fraud, Opioid Prescribing Charges 07/01/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 685 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 152 min read
An internal medicine physician who was banned in 2017 from the Texas workers' compensation system has been indicted on fraud and illicit drug distribution charges. ...Read More

L&I Starts Furloughs Thursday 07/01/2020
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 226 | 0 | Popular with Vendor | 20 min read
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries said many of its employees will be furloughed Thursday as the result of a plan put together to address the budget shortfall from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...Read More
Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Coverage for Audible Trauma 07/01/2020
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 127 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 41 min read
Workers’ compensation will provide benefits to first responders in Colorado who overhear traumatic events, under a bill Gov. Jared Polis signed into law. ...Read More

Made-Whole Doctrine Does Not Apply to First-Dollar Risk 07/01/2020
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 142 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 86 min read
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the made-whole doctrine does not override an express agreement between parties to allow an insured to recover self-insured retention before a carrier could be reimbursed for its payments to an injured worker. ...Read More
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