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Committee to Start on Formulary Required by Reform Law 05/31/2018
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 348 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
The Kentucky Workers' Compensation Medical Advisory Committee will meet today to discuss a drug formulary required by legislation that passed in March. ...Read More

Court Reinstates Denial of PTD Award for Worker With Opioid Addiction 05/31/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 182 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a trial judge erred in overturning a decision of the workers’ compensation commissioner denying permanent total disability benefits for an employee dealing with an addiction to opioid medication. ...Read More

Claimant Attorney Disciplined for Mishandling Trust Account 05/31/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 135 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
A Miami attorney was forced to shut down his practice for 10 days and pay $1,250 in costs for depositing settlement funds from a tort claim into his bank account even though a workers’ compensation carrier had posted a lien claiming a right to a portion of the money. ...Read More

Court Rejects Worker's Occupational Disease Claim as Time-Barred 05/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 105 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 210 min read
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that a worker was time-barred from pursuing his occupational disease claim, since he waited more than a year to file after being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. ...Read More

Court Overturns Award of Payment for Worker's Self-Procured Treatment 05/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 127 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The Georgia Court of Appeals overturned a judge’s order awarding an injured worker payment for the treatment provided by the doctors she had selected without the approval of her employer. ...Read More

Change in Partnership Didn't Leave Employer Without Coverage for Teenager's Death 05/29/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 101 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 27 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a change in partners for a partnership running a farm business did not void the workers’ compensation insurance policy that a carrier had issued to the business, nor the carrier’s acceptance of liability for the death of a teenage employee....Read More

Court Reinstates Guaranty Association's Declaratory Relief Claim Against Dissolved Trust 05/29/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 145 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
The South Carolina Court of Appeals last week revived a dispute between the state Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association and a voluntarily dissolved business trust over liability for a collection of workers’ compensation claims that a defunct carrier had taken over when the tr...Read More

Court Overturns Order Compelling Employer to Pay for Treatment of Disputed Condition 05/29/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 89 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals overturned a judge’s order compelling an employer to pay for a worker’s medical treatment, as the judge did not first hold an evidentiary hearing on the compensability of the injury. ...Read More

CWCI Finds Dwindling Savings From Medical Networks 05/25/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1320 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 123 min read
Medical provider networks, intended to improve care for injured workers and reduce medical spending, shaved only about 2% from average medical costs per claim in California, compared to non-network treatment, according to new data from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. ...Read More

Court Overturns Board's Assessment of Lost Wages for Permanently Disabled Worker 05/24/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 99 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the Workers’ Compensation Board properly determined that a permanently, partially disabled worker had failed to maintain his attachment to the labor market, but substantial evidence did not support the board’s assessment of his lost wage-earning c...Read More
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