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Workers' Compensation News

Court Nixes Gastric Bypass Surgery, Finds Error in Reopening Case 10/19/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: IA | Segment: CENTRAL | 266 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A district court erred by allowing an injured worker to reopen her claim and finding her permanently and totally disabled, and by requiring her employer to pay for her gastric bypass surgery, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision.Case: Verizon Business Network Services v. M...Read More
Classification Dispute Was Not Subject to Mandatory Arbitration 10/18/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 282 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A trial court judge erred in directing a dispute between four workers and their employer based on their alleged misclassification as independent contractors to arbitration, since the terms of the agreement that some of the workers had signed only compelled arbitration for disputes regarding the...Read More
Correction 10/18/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Other | 419 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Provisions in Senate Bill 863 that allow the California Division of Workers’ Compensation to develop a program to certify and maintain a list of interpreters who can serve at administrative hearings and medical exams, and to implement an interpreter fee schedule take effect Jan. 1, 2013. WorkC...Read More
CA-SIG Summit Nov. 7 in Sacramento 10/18/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 192 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The director of the Department of Industrial Relations and the head of the Office of Self Insurance Plans are scheduled to speak at the California Alliance for Self-Insured Groups’ annual summit in Sacramento on Nov. 7.Jon Wroten, chief of the Office of Self Insurance Plans, will d...Read More
Common Cause Seeks Release of 'Coingate' Report 10/18/2012
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 302 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Common Cause of Ohio has called on the Office of the Inspector General to explain why a report on a 2005 investment scandal...Read More
Counties Using Ordinances to Make Docs Check PDMP 10/17/2012
State: FL | Segment: Top | 585 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefFour Florida counties appear to be the first in the nation to use ordinances to require doctors to check Florida's 13-month-old Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before pr...Read More
Court Revives Worker's Claim for Benefits Despite Lack of Job Search 10/17/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 273 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Florida appellate court reversed a judge's denial of benefits to an injured retail worker, explaining that the worker did not need to demonstrate a causal connection between her loss of wages and her injury because she was able to show her injury prevented her from performing her job duti...Read More
Crane Operator Must Prove he Was a Borrowed Servant 10/17/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: MO | Segment: CENTRAL | 170 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A trial court erred by dismissing a lawsuit filed by an injured carpenter against a subcontractor for his employer under the borrowed servant doctrine because there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the subcontractor was under the control of the carpenter's employer, the Eastern...Read More
CID Announces Public Comment Period for Loss-Cost Filing 10/17/2012
State: CT | Segment: EAST | 161 | 0 | Popular with Vendor
The Connecticut Insurance Department announced a 30-day public comment period on Monday on the request by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) to boost loss cots by 7.1%, effective Jan. 1.NCCI's filing would increase loss costs in the voluntary market by 7.1% and wou...Read More
Court Declines to Reconsider Compensability of Professor's Death 10/16/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: EAST | 261 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has declined to reconsider its prior ruling that the death of a college professor who collapsed while eating lunch at a restaurant near campus was a compensable accident.Case: The Pennsylvania State University et al. v. WCAB (Ra...Read More
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