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Workers' Compensation News


House Approves PTSD Presumption for EMTs, Law Enforcement 02/14/2020
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 118 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 9 min read
The New Mexico House of Representatives approved a bill that would create a rebuttable presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder is proximately caused by employment as a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician. ...Read More

Judge May Not Reduce Comp Carrier's Lien in 3rd-Party Action 02/14/2020
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 175 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the amount of a carrier’s lien against a worker’s potential recovery from a third-party tort claim could not be reduced by a trial judge. ...Read More

Worker Waives Right to Choose New Doctor but Keeps Entitlement to TPD Benefits 02/14/2020
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 179 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 292 min read
A Florida appellate court ruled that a worker waived his right to select a treating physician by attending appointments with a doctor selected by his employer, but was still eligible for temporary partial disability benefits. ...Read More

Companies Fined for Deaths of 2 Workers After Music Festival 02/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 216 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
Workplace safety regulators in Oregon fined two companies a combined $31,000 for safety violations following an investigation into an accident that killed two workers at the Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley last year. ...Read More

Senate Approves Conclusive Cancer Presumption for Firefighters 02/14/2020
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 249 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 10 min read
The Arizona Senate passed a bill that would create a conclusive presumption that cancer is an occupational disease for firefighters. ...Read More

DWC Proposes New Carrier Contact Info Form 02/14/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 172 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 9 min read
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation is accepting comments on a proposed form to be used to provide claim administration contact information. ...Read More

Pharmacists Could Inject More Anti-Addiction Meds, Under House-Approved Bill 02/14/2020
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 152 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 39 min read
The Ohio House took another step toward limiting the effects of addiction Wednesday, approving a bill that would let pharmacists inject patients with anti-addiction medication. ...Read More

House Approves Broad PTSD Bill for First Responders 02/14/2020
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 169 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
Ohio firefighters, law officers and emergency medical workers would qualify for benefits for work-related mental stress under a much-debated bill passed Wednesday by the House of Representatives. ...Read More

CWCI Reports 20.4% Drop in Aggregate Medical Payments From 2013-2018 02/13/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 477 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 47 min read
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute, in a new study exploring changes in utilization and reimbursement of medical services from 2013 to 2018, reports an overall 20.4% decline in aggregate payments during that period. ...Read More

House Passes Bill to Extend Disease Presumption to Portland Firefighters 02/13/2020
By: Tonika Reed (Reporter)
State: OR | Segment: Top | 202 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 64 min read
The Oregon state House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would give some 650 firefighters in Portland the same workers' compensation presumption that other firefighters in the state have enjoyed since the 1960s. ...Read More
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