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Everest Opens Houston Office 02/11/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 314 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Everest Re Group announced Wednesday the opening of the Everest Insurance Houston office as part of the Bermuda-based reinsurer's plan to strengthen its presence in the South, in the energy corridor in particular. Everest Insurance now has 17 offices across North America supporti...Read More

Business Owner Can't Sue Insurance Broker for Failure to Advise on Need for Comp Coverage 02/11/2016
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 419 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that the owner of a cattle feeding business could not assert a viable tort claim against the company's insurance broker for failing to warn the company about the risks and necessity of securing workers' compensation coverage for its employees. ...Read More

Board Can Consider Report of Expert whom Claimant Never Got to Depose 02/11/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 477 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that the Workers' Compensation Board properly considered the report of an independent medical examiner, even though the claimant in the case never had an opportunity to depose the doctor. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award for Case Worker's Psyche Injury from Job-Related Stress 02/11/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 788 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A New York appellate court upheld an award of benefits to a case worker, finding she had suffered a mental injury because of her work-related stress. ...Read More

Mailman Charged with Workers' Comp Fraud in Ohio 02/11/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 350 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Ohio has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly lying about his medical condition, according to the U.S. Attorney&rsqu...Read More
Assembly Passes Workers' Comp Reform Bill 02/11/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 935 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill recommended by its labor-management advisory committee that would increase maximum benefits by $40 per week but also bar indemnity or death benefits if a workers' drug or alcohol intoxication caused an injury. ...Read More
Carrier Claims Insurance Department Exceeded Authority in EquityComp Decision 02/10/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1573 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California Insurance Co. is arguing that the state Insurance Department invalidating its side agreement with a participant in its EquityComp program should never have been issued. Attorneys for the carrier on Feb. 5 filed a ...Read More

FDA Unveils Opioid Action Plan 02/10/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 2532 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced an action plan to combat the opioid-abuse crisis that includes expanding the use of abuse-deterrent drug formulations and requiring more post-market research on the effects of long-acting opioids. ...Read More

Trench Violations Bring $58K in OSHA Fines 02/10/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 390 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New Jersey contractor faces $58,800 in penalties after an inspector for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration spotted workers in an 8-foot deep trench with no protective system to protect them from cave-ins. ...Read More
Study Compares Illinois Fee Schedule to Medicare 02/10/2016
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 488 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ compensation fee schedule rates for professional services in Illinois last year were on average 69% above the 2015 Medicare rates for the same set of services in the state, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The study also found ...Read More
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