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Attorneys Ask Court to Postpone Calderon Trial until May 01/06/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1174 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Federal prosecutors and the attorney representing former state Sen. Ronald Calderon are asking the U.S. District Court for Central California to delay the start of Calderon's corruption trial until May. ...Read More

Study Finds Shorter Disability With Earlier Injury Reporting 01/06/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 949 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A study by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute adds to a growing body of evidence that the outcome of workers’ compensation claims is better when an injury is reported sooner — a concept that some employers are starting to embrace. ...Read More

Court Says Labor Commission Has Been Using Wrong Standard for PTD Claims 01/06/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: UT | Segment: Top | 694 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
The Utah Court of Appeals last week revived an agricultural worker's claim for permanent total disability benefits for his injuries from a pig, marking the third occasion in three months where the court has rebuked the commission for impermissibly raising the burden of proof for workers. ...Read More

Rising Number of Fraud Prosecutions, Fewer Case Files 01/06/2016
State: FL | Segment: Top | 438 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Successful workers' compensation fraud prosecutions are rising dramatically in Florida, even as the number of files opened has dropped from a high of five years ago, according to the state Division of Insurance Fraud's annual report, released Tuesday. ...Read More

Blocked Aisles Among Violations Bringing $162,800 in OSHA Fines 01/06/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 1432 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Overstocked shelves and blocked exit routes were among the hazards cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week when proposing $162,800 in fines against Dollar General for violations at its outlet in Sherman, Texas. ...Read More

9th Circuit Vacates Fee Award for LHWCA Claimant's Attorney as Too Low 01/06/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 333 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an attorney's fee award for representing a claimant on a successful Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim did not adequately represent the market rate for attorneys in Portland, Oregon. ...Read More
McCarty Announces Resignation, Effective in May 01/06/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 1647 | 0 | Popular with Legal
After 13 years on the job, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty announced Tuesday that he's resigning effective May 2. ...Read More

Handbook Gives Brief Overview of Pain Medications 01/06/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 588 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A downloadable guide to the use of different pain medications was published in last month’s edition of Practical Pain Management. ...Read More
Social Security Proposes Change to WC Offset Age 01/06/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 584 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Social Security Administration is accepting public comments through Feb. 3 on a proposed rule that would extend the workers’ compensation offset from age 65 to full retirement age. The change would make the administration’s rules consistent with provisions of the Achi...Read More
Julie Pemberton to Serve as RIMS President in 2016 01/06/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 489 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Risk Management Society, or RIMS, has named Julie Pemberton as its president for 2016. ...Read More
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