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State Stands Out for Rapid Cost Growth, Cost Per Claim 06/01/2018
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 174 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Workers’ compensation total costs per claim in Louisiana were the highest in a recent study of 18 states conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. ...Read More

Staffing Firm Owner and Daughter Accused of Defrauding Comp Insurer 06/01/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 267 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
The owner of a Massachusetts temporary employment agency, and her daughter, face insurance fraud charges for allegedly disguising the size of the company’s payroll to avoid workers’ compensation premiums. ...Read More

Surge in Workplace Deaths and Injuries Worries State Officials 05/31/2018
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 196 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
Hawaii, which normally enjoys a far lower occupational injury and fatality rate than the national average, experienced a surge of serious workplace accidents and deaths during the first three weeks in May. ...Read More

Split Supreme Court Overturns Award for Worker With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 05/31/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 162 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court overturned an award of benefits for a worker’s bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, since his diagnosis predated his employment with the defendant. ...Read More
Sunz Holdings Buys Risk Management America 05/31/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 257 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Sunz Holdings announced Wednesday that it has purchased Risk Management America, a consulting firm that focuses on workplace safety and asset protection. ...Read More

Split Supreme Court Tosses Award of Continuing Voc-Rehab Services 05/30/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 147 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 4 min read
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court overturned an award of additional vocational rehabilitation services to an injured worker, concluding that the Office of Judges had not made sufficient findings to support the award. ...Read More

Sign Language Interpreter Can't Get Benefits to Gradual Onset Conditions in Arm, Elbow 05/29/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 147 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a denial of benefits to a sign language interpreter for gradual-onset ailments affecting her elbow and arm. ...Read More

Supervisor's Lending Employer Can't Be Held Vicariously Liable for Worker's Electrocution 05/25/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 679 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
A California appellate court ruled that an employer that loaned a supervisory employee to another company could not be held vicariously liable for the electrocution of an agricultural worker who was following the supervisor’s instructions to pick fruit from a tree near a live power lin...Read More

Surveillance Leads to Fraud Conviction 05/25/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 189 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 7 min read
A Pittsburgh man who made the mistake of running for a bus while holding his crutches pleaded guilty to a theft by deception charge last month, the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority said in its monthly newsletter.  ...Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Statutory Benefits for Mesothelioma Claims 05/24/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 202 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 73 min read
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to a 2014 statutory amendment that allowed workers to collect a lump-sum payment of benefits if they develop occupationally caused mesothelioma. ...Read More
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