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Workers' Compensation News


Health Facilities, Beef Processor Fined for COVID Violations 09/15/2020
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 216 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 284 min read
Federal workplace safety inspectors fined two health facilities and one beef processor for allegedly failing to protect workers from COVID-19. The...Read More

Comp Agency Reopens; Another Stays Closed as COVID Rules Are Updated 09/15/2020
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 141 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
One state's compensation agency will soon reopen, another will remain closed and a third has adopted new procedures to deal with the continuing effects of the pandemic. ...Read More

Board Says COVID Claims Delayed Due to Lack of Medical Records 09/15/2020
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 167 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 70 min read
COVID-19 claims processing has been delayed because of a lack of medical documentation, and New York State Workers' Compensation Board is asking for some assistance, its chairwoman said in an open letter to insurers. ...Read More

Training Classes to Cover New SIU Rules 09/14/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 845 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud announced that three virtual training sessions will be held this month covering new special investigative unit rules that take effect Oct. 1 in California. ...Read More

'Mega Claims' Up, but Insurers Apparently Getting Better at Early Identification 09/14/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 825 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 57 min read
The number of workers’ compensation claims that pay out at least $3 million has risen, but the insurance industry appears to be getting better at identifying claims before they grow out of control, according to a group of actuaries that published a study on so-called "mega claims"...Read More

MLAC Subcommittee Meeting to Discuss COVID Compensability 09/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 120 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 75 min read
A subgroup from Oregon’s workers’ compensation advisory panel will discuss a potential rule that would require a “reasonable investigation” before carriers or self-insured employers could deny claims for COVID-19. ...Read More

Contractor Racks Up $234,360 in Penalties for Safety Violations 09/14/2020
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 148 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries said a construction company with a history of safety violations is facing $234,360 in penalties for problems at two Seattle job sites that exposed workers to potential injuries. ...Read More

Employer Hit With Fees for Failure to Timely File Notice of Compensation Payable 09/14/2020
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 144 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 118 min read
The Commonwealth Court ruled that a worker is entitled to an award of attorney fees from his employer due to its delay in filing a notice of compensation payable. ...Read More

Employer Can Terminate Benefits to Worker Who Stopped Treatment 09/14/2020
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 155 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 124 min read
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ordered publication of its decision allowing an employer to terminate a worker’s benefits because she stopped treatment. ...Read More

Penalty Reinstated on SAIF for Closing Claim 09/14/2020
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 215 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 34 min read
The Oregon Court of Appeals reinstated a penalty against the SAIF Corp. for failing to obtain clarification about the extent of a housekeeper’s impairment prior to closing her claim. ...Read More
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