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Workers' Compensation News

Statute Barred Carrier from Posting Bond for Insured Employer 06/21/2010
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 499 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Illinois statute prevented a workers' compensation carrier from securing an appellate bond on behalf of its insured, because the carrier failed to show that it was an agent of the insured employer, an appellate court ruled. Case: Vallis Wyngroff Business Forms v. IWCC (Farina), No...Read More
Statute of Limitations Began on Date Commission Issued Decision 06/21/2010
State: MS | Segment: EAST | 438 | 0
The three-year statute of limitations officially began on the date the Workers' Compensation Commission issued its unappealed decision, the Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled in a lawsuit alleging an untimely payment of a workers' compensation award. Case: Harper v. Cal-Maine Foo...Read More
Sink Sets Fund Assessment at 0.98% 06/21/2010
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 230 | 0
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink last Thursday approved a 0.98% assessment on workers' compensation premiums to support the state Workers' Compensation Administration Trust Fund.The assessment, which covers calendar year 2011, is based on the fund balance and the anticip...Read More
Subcontractor Charged Second Time With Passing Bogus Certificate 06/21/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 125 | 0
A Long Island, N.Y., subcontractor who received a one-year conditional discharge for a previous criminal charge that he passed a phony workers' compensation coverage certificate has been charged with repeating the offense, the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) said.Last Wednesday...Read More
Supreme Court Rules Plane Crash Within Course of Employment 06/21/2010
State: KY | Segment: EAST | 572 | 0
The widow of an off-duty AirTran pilot who died in an airplane crash is entitled to benefits under an exception to the coming-and-going rule, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled. Case: Fortney v. AirTran Airways, No. 2009-SC-000429-WC, 6/17/10. Published.Facts: Clarence Fortney,...Read More
Safety Consultant: More Training Could Stem Latino Worker Injuries 06/18/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 198 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Orange County safety consultant urged his peers to provide better training for Latino workers, who are more prone to workplace-related fatalities and injuries.Art Pedroza, outgoing president of the Orange County chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, said during a chapte...Read More
Study: Poor Spinal Surgery Outcomes For Chronic Low Back Pain 06/18/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 292 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Injured workers who underwent lumbar spinal fusion surgery for chronic low back pain were far less likely to return to work than patients that did not have surgery and were also more likely to take narcotics, University of Cincinnati researchers reported during a presentation at the Ohio Self-Insure...Read More
Solid Reasoning Supported Use of Costlier Code 06/18/2010
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 218 | 0
Substantial reason supported a Department of Business and Consumer Affairs' decision that a costlier classification code applied to a business, an Oregon appellate court ruled.  Case: TTC v. DCBS, No. A138812, 06/16/10. Published.Facts: The Trading Company (TTC) manu...Read More
State Emphasizes Inspections to Reduce Amputations 06/18/2010
State: UT | Segment: WEST | 106 | 0
The Utah Labor Commission has started expanded inspections of several industries using equipment that has the potential to cause amputations and other catastrophic injuries to workers.The commission this month began stepped-up compliance inspections and evaluation of industries where mac...Read More
Special Fund Must Reimburse Carrier for Claim 06/18/2010
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 264 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A carrier won reimbursement from the Special Disability Fund by proving that a claimant's preexisting diabetes combined with his work injury to create a substantially greater permanent disability, a New York appellate court concluded. Case: Dupuis v. Frito Lay, et al., No. 508697, 6/...Read More
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