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Workers' Compensation News


Med-Legal Bill Referred to Committee 01/08/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 978 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 73 min read
A bill that would increase payments for medical-legal exams by 50% was referred to the Assembly Insurance Committee as California lawmakers attempt to pass measures carried over from last year ahead of key deadlines in January. ...Read More

New THC Breathalyzer Tests to Be on Market in Months 01/08/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1181 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
Just in time for new marijuana legalization laws that kicked in around the country this year, at least three companies in 2020 are planning to offer THC breathalyzer kits that reportedly will show if a worker has consumed the drug within the last few hours. ...Read More

CopperPoint Names Brad Lontz Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer 01/08/2020
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 239 | 0 | Popular with Other | 22 min read
CopperPoint Insurance Cos. named Brad Lontz senior vice president and chief information officer. ...Read More

Employer Can't Use Prior Benefits Paid on Other Claims to Offset PTD Award 01/08/2020
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 214 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 282 min read
The South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the Appellate Panel of the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission erred in offsetting an injured worker’s award of permanent and total disability benefits against prior benefits received for unrelated claims. ...Read More

Court Creates Circuit Split on Whether Forfeiture Penalty Applies to Prospective Awards Only 01/08/2020
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 164 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 16 min read
A Louisiana appellate court created a split among the appellate circuits as to whether a worker forfeits her entitlement to benefits from the date she engages in fraudulent conduct or whether she is barred from any benefits whatsoever. ...Read More

URAC Purchasing ClearHealth Accreditation Programs 01/08/2020
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 208 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
National utilization review accreditation organization URAC announced that it entered an agreement to purchase programs of health care accreditation firm ClearHealth Quality Institute. ...Read More

Two City Workers Fired After Leak of Comp Claims Bid Info 01/08/2020
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 264 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
Two Baltimore city employees have been fired after an investigation found that they leaked confidential information about an upcoming bid for workers' compensation claims administration services. ...Read More

Court Revives Worker's Labor Law Claim 01/08/2020
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 217 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 93 min read
A New York appellate court revived an injured worker’s Labor Law claim for his alleged injuries that happened while installing cabling above a drop ceiling. ...Read More

Worker Can't Be Compelled to Complete Open-Ended HIPAA Waiver 01/08/2020
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 224 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that the Workers’ Compensation Board erred in requiring that an injured worker complete a medical release that did not limit his employer’s access to medical records to those pertaining to his injuries. ...Read More

Couple Pleads to Vacationing While Underpaying Workers, Avoiding Comp 01/08/2020
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 235 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
A New York couple told the State Insurance Fund and the New York City Housing Authority that they were the ones doing the restoration work on a project, allowing them to earn $41 an hour each and avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. ...Read More
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