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Workers' Compensation News


Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements to Prove Entitlement to PTSD Benefits 07/22/2019
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 120 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 75 min read
The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously ruled that entitlement to benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder does not require an independent assessment to verify the diagnosis. ...Read More

BWC Proposes Rules for Treating Concussions 07/22/2019
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 97 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 102 min read
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is holding a hearing in August to review proposed rules for treating concussions. At the same tim...Read More

Commission Can't Rely on Equivocal Psychological Opinion 07/22/2019
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 74 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 9 min read
A split Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a psychologist's report on a man's employability could not be relied upon to deny the worker’s request for permanent total disability benefits. ...Read More

Report: Lara Campaign Accepts More Than $45,000 From People Linked to Applied Underwriters 07/19/2019
State: CA | Segment: Top | 553 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
Although California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara pledged not to accept money from the industry he regulates as part of his 2018 campaign, four months into his first term he took more than $45,000 from people tied to Applied Underwriters, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog alleges. ...Read More

Union Organizers Request Presence of Uber, Lyft Drivers in Bill Negotiations 07/19/2019
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 339 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 86 min read
Two groups trying to unionize drivers for Uber and Lyft, as well as the Service Employees International Union, took out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle d...Read More

Emergency Regs Intended to Protect Workers From Wildfire Smoke 07/19/2019
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 223 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 58 min read
Emergency rules expected to go into effect in early August will require California employers to protect workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke, the Department of Industrial Relations announced. ...Read More

Doctor Accused of Self-Referral Ordered to Stand Trial 07/19/2019
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 3764 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A doctor accused of referring workers’ compensation patients to his own clinics for additional services must stand trial on felony charges, a Riverside County judge has ruled. ...Read More

Applied Underwriters Fined $3 Million Over EquityComp Program 07/19/2019
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 372 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 45 min read
The New York State Department of Financial Services has fined Applied Underwriters $3 million for offering workers’ compensation insurance bundled with side agreements that weren't filed with or approved by the department. ...Read More

Injuries, Claim Counts Fall in 2018 07/19/2019
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 101 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 37 min read
Major workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims both fell last year, according to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission 2018 annual report. ...Read More

Court Tosses Gross Negligence Claim for Workers' Deaths 07/19/2019
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 134 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 204 min read
A Texas appellate court upheld the dismissal of a gross negligence claim against a contractor for the deaths of two workers who were struck by an out-of-control truck while cleaning the shoulder of a highway. ...Read More
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