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Claimants Continue Fighting Stayed Liens as Wait for Injunction Continues 12/18/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 278 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Companies alleged to be affiliated with criminally charged providers are continuing to fight the freezing of their liens in the trenches of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board while waiting for the final wording of a pending federal injunction relating to the automatic stay created by S...Read More

Court Upholds Restitution for Expenses Before Worker Began 'Milking' Claim 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 206 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 4th District Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld a sentence ordering a worker to pay restitution for investigatory expenses incurred over the course of her admittedly fraudulent claim — not just the expenses incurred after her doctor determined she was "miking it." ...Read More

Alan Nelson to Lead Western Region for Arrowhead Core Commercial 12/18/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 64 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Arrowhead General Insurance Agency Inc. has hired Alan Nelson as West region leader of Arrowhead Core Commercial. ...Read More

Cal-OSHA Cites Three Contractors for Oakland Structure Collapse 12/18/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 314 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined three contractors $147,315 for safety violations following the collapse of a temporary mold and vertical shoring that sent 13 workers to the hospital. ...Read More

Anesthesiologist Charged With Murder in Death of QME 12/18/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 340 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged an anesthesiologist with murder for allegedly administering a lethal dose of Demerol to Dr. Mark Greenspan following a surgical procedure in September. ...Read More

Mileage Reimbursement Increasing to 54.5 Cents 12/18/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 311 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute said the reimbursement rate for injured workers who have to travel for medical treatment will increase to 54.5 cents per mile in 2018, from 53.5 cents. ...Read More

Researchers Beginning to Find Benefits of Opioid Guidelines 12/18/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 222 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Even though opioid prescribing guidelines are being used more widely, including in workers’ compensation, few research studies have looked at to what extent use of the guidelines lowers medical costs, reduces opioid use or improves patient outcomes. ...Read More

High Court Frees Up Comp Attorneys to Make New Arguments After Administrative Level 12/18/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 101 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Texas Supreme Court opinion delivered Friday leaves the door open for workers’ compensation attorneys to make arguments at the trial court level that they did not make before administrative law judges.  ...Read More

Medical Share of Comp Benefits 14.4% Below National Average 12/18/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 89 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The medical share of total workers’ compensation benefit costs in New York dropped to 37% in 2015 and 2016, according to a new report — significantly lower than the national average of 51.4%. ...Read More

Worker Pressured to Quit Job Didn't Have 'Meaningful Return to Work' 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 83 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel upheld an uncapped award of permanent partial disability benefits to a retail worker, finding she had not had a meaningful return to work because she had been pressured to resign. ...Read More
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