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Workers' Compensation News


No Benefits for Groundskeeper Who Died From Meningitis 12/03/2019
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 176 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a finding of compensability for a groundskeeper’s death from meningitis, explaining that state law required clear and convincing evidence of the level of occupational exposure to fungus. ...Read More

Judge Questions Adequacy of Comp Remedy 12/03/2019
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 160 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 94 min read
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a worker failed to carry his burden of proof for his toxic exposure claim, with one judge suggesting that the responsibility has jeopardized the grand bargain underlying the workers’ compensation system. ...Read More

Change in Law Doesn't Allow Third-Party Offset for Employer's Fault 12/03/2019
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 134 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 57 min read
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a 2003 change to the Workers’ Compensation Act did not allow for a third-party tortfeasor's liability to an injured employee to be reduced to account for an employer's share of the blame. ...Read More

Employer Gets Credit for Amount Paid in Vacated Settlement 12/03/2019
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 124 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that an employer was entitled to a credit for the amount it had paid a worker pursuant to a settlement agreement that was set aside after his condition worsened. ...Read More

Court Extends Deadline for Liberty Mutual to Answer Valley Container Complaint 12/03/2019
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 195 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The U.S. District Court for Massachusetts extended until January the deadline for Liberty Mutual to answer a putative class-action complaint accusing the carrier of overcharging employers for workers' compensation coverage. ...Read More

Contractor Fined $210,037 for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards 12/03/2019
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 212 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 31 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined a Missouri contractor $210,037 for failing to protect its workers from trench collapses and electrical hazards. ...Read More

City Hires Safety Director to Address High Injury Rates 12/03/2019
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 213 | 0 | Popular with Other | 3 min read
The City of Tacoma hired a safety director to address high injury rates that cost the city about $4.8 million per year, according to a report by the News Tribune. ...Read More

Board Suspends Doctors for Deposition No-Show, Opioid Charges 12/03/2019
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 181 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has suspended or removed four doctors in the last three weeks, one for alleged opioid distribution and one for failing to give a deposition. ...Read More

Nichols Launches Sentinel Lobbying Group, Newsletter 12/03/2019
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 186 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 83 min read
Steve Nichols, the longtime manager of workers' compensation services for the Insurance Council of Texas, has launched a lobbying and consulting firm in Austin. ...Read More

Attorneys Say Workers Need Alternative Treatments as Opioids Continue to Decline 12/02/2019
By: Susanna Speier (Correspondent )
State: CA | Segment: Top | 827 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 53 min read
The California Workers' Compensation Institute announced that the state’s effort to curb opioid addiction saved $6.5 billion over a 10-year period — a staggering, giant sequoia-scale achievement for the most populous state in the country to boast about, but also a source of c...Read More
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