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Workers' Compensation News


WCAB Commissioners Focus on Reducing Case Backlog, Urge Parties to Consider Settling​ 06/29/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1295 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 69 min read
Commissioners from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board said Friday they were committed to reducing a years-old case backlog, and they urged parties with current cases to consider settling during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...Read More

DIR: State Approves Workplace Safety Standards for Nighttime Agricultural Workers 06/29/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 203 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
California this week became the first state in the nation to approve lighting safety protocols for nighttime agriculture workers, according to a news release from the Department of Industrial Relations. ...Read More

Classification Inspection Report Program to Expand for Agents and Brokers, WCIRB Says 06/29/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 220 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau announced it will expand its Special Inspection Report Program by allowing brokers and agents to request physical inspections of their clients’ business operations, according to a news release. ...Read More

Injured Workers Pharmacy Must Pay $11 Million in Opioid Settlement 06/29/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: MA | Segment: Top | 908 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 107 min read
Injured Workers Pharmacy, the nation's largest mail-order pharmacy that caters to workers' compensation, must pay $11 million to settle charges that it dispensed excessive amounts of opioid medications without keeping an eye on safety. ...Read More

Federal Aviation Law Doesn't Bar State Regulation of Air Ambulance Rates 06/29/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 932 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 43 min read
A majority of the Texas Supreme Court ruled that federal aviation law does not bar the state from requiring that private insurance companies reimburse the fair and reasonable medical expenses of injured workers for air ambulance services. ...Read More

Supreme Court Orders Retrial Due to Evidentiary Errors 06/29/2020
State: SD | Segment: NORTH | 194 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 33 min read
The South Dakota Supreme Court overturned a jury’s verdict in favor of an injured worker on her bad-faith claim, finding the trial judge had erred in excluding evidence of an attorney’s legal advice. ...Read More

Driver Gets Benefits After Jumping From Burning Truck 06/29/2020
State: UT | Segment: WEST | 161 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 19 min read
The Utah Court of Appeals ruled that a truck driver is entitled to benefits for the aggravation of pre-existing conditions caused by leaping away from her burning vehicle. ...Read More

'Compound King' Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison and $12 Million in Restitution 06/29/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 381 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 15 min read
A Houston pharmacist who called himself “the Compound King” has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding the federal workers' compensation program out of millions of dollars. ...Read More

Contractor Failed to Obtain Comp Insurance on Worker Who Fell to His Death 06/29/2020
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 751 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 79 min read
The family of a construction worker in Chicago has filed a negligence lawsuit against a contractor after the worker fell two stories to his death last fall. ...Read More

TDI Adopts NCCI Injury Codes 06/29/2020
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 308 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 165 min read
The Texas Department of Insurance has approved COVID-19 injury codes proposed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The NCCI in...Read More
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