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Workers' Compensation News


Fitch Predicts Ongoing Work Comp Underwriting Profits 07/17/2019
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 285 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 86 min read
The U.S. workers’ compensation market is on track for another year of underwriting profit, a trend that analysts at Fitch Ratings expect to continue into 2020. ...Read More

Memo Warns Companies to Make Clear That UR Isn't Always Binding 07/17/2019
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: CT | Segment: Top | 141 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 73 min read
Utilization reviews in Connecticut are required only in managed care plans, and anyone who says otherwise is subject to fines and penalties. ...Read More

Board Must Determine if Worker Had Good Cause for Delay 07/17/2019
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 65 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals revived a worker’s challenge to the denial of his claim, finding his lack of legal sophistication was to blame for his failure to timely request a hearing. ...Read More

Ankle Sprain Leads to Extended Opioid Use for Some, Study Finds 07/17/2019
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 128 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 161 min read
Twelve percent of patients diagnosed with an ankle sprain filled an opioid prescription within seven days, including 8.3% of patients who hadn’t taken an opioid during the past year, according to a study ...Read More

Court Upholds Dismissal of Tort Claim Against Employer 07/17/2019
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 91 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division upheld the dismissal of a worker’s tort claim against his former employer, but it overturned the sanctions imposed on his attorneys for pursuing his lawsuit.   ...Read More

Report: DOSH Inspections Decreased Claims Rates 07/17/2019
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 75 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 4 min read
Workplace inspections or consultations by the Washington State Division of Occupational Safety & Health reduced claim rates by 30% or more, according to a new state agency report. ...Read More

Riverboat Casino Qualifies as Vessel for Jones Act Purposes 07/17/2019
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
A split Louisiana appellate court ruled that a riverboat casino was a vessel for purposes of the Jones Act, despite its own precedent to the contrary. ...Read More

Former Comp Commissioner Wins $1.5 Million in Discrimination Suit 07/17/2019
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 161 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 5 min read
A jury has awarded Iowa's former workers' compensation commissioner $1.5 million in damages, finding that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him based on his sexual orientation. ...Read More

Maximum Weekly Benefits Climb for Temporary Disability 07/17/2019
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 62 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The maximum weekly benefit in Missouri climbed almost 4% this month, thanks to an increase in the state's average weekly wage, the Department of Labor announced. ...Read More

COLA for PTD to Rise 2% in 2020 07/17/2019
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 109 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 69 min read
Maryland workers receiving permanent total disability benefits will see a cost-of-living-adjustment of 2% for 2020, starting in January, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission announced in a bulletin....Read More
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