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Workers' Compensation News


Firefighter's Confusion Over Limits of Claim Approval Was Justified, Court Finds 07/27/2016
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 533 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
A retired firefighter was justified in his confusion about whether a medical benefits claim also included indemnity benefits, and a workers' compensation judge was not justified in dismissing his claim for indemnity benefits because it should have been filed sooner, a Louisiana appellate...Read More

30-Day Reporting Deadline Doesn't Apply to Subsequent Injury 07/27/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 521 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 203 min read
A claimant who was injured again when he was rear-ended while driving home from a medical appointment was not required to report the second injury within the 30-day reporting deadline set out by Florida's workers' compensation statute, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled. ...Read More

Court Rejects Worker's Claim That Subcontractor Was Also Independent Contractor 07/27/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 747 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 14 min read
A Texas appellate court rejected an injured worker's argument that the subcontractor he worked for also met the definition of an independent contractor, and was thus exempt from the exclusive remedy provision that limited him to using only the workers' compensation system to collect benef...Read More

State Fund Seeks Four-Month Stay After Moving Drobot Case In-House 07/26/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1861 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
State Compensation Insurance Fund ditched outside counsel in its racketeering complaint against former Pacific Hospital of Long Beach owner Michael D. Drobot and is asking the federal court in Santa Ana for a 120-day stay on all proceedings other than settlement discussions to allow the carrier&r...Read More

Gov. Signs Bill Mandating MTUS for MPN Reviews 07/26/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1967 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill requiring the use of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule to resolve treatment disputes through a medical provider network’s internal independent review process. ...Read More

WCIRB to Explain Regulatory Filing During Webinar 07/26/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1153 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 298 min read
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will explain during a webinar on Thursday the changes it proposed in a regulatory filing submitted to the California Department of Insurance last month. ...Read More

Comp Bills Up for Assembly Appropriations Hearing 07/26/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1497 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
The California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Aug. 3 will review projected costs for bills that would prohibit offering incentives to providers to deny treatment requests and require verification of interpreters at depositions, as well as another measure aiming to overhaul data collection a...Read More

PBMs Make Progress in Controlling Spending on Compounded Drugs 07/26/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 971 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
Coventry Workers’ Comp Services saw a decline in the number of prescriptions for  compounded medications fall last year, reversing what the company called a troubling trend in previous years of unchecked growth. ...Read More

Court: Injury Sustained in 45 Minutes Isn't Result of Repetitive Trauma 07/26/2016
State: VA | Segment: Top | 713 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 639 min read
A Virginia appellate court found that a firefighter who hurt his back while lifting a 400-pound man suffered a compensable injury because of an accident, and not a repetitive trauma injury, which would not be compensable under the state’s workers’ compensation law. ...Read More

No TTD Benefits for Claimant Who Abandoned Workforce 07/26/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 533 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A claimant who had not worked regularly since 1985 and had been videotaped pulling on a lawn mower cord, tearing off the roof of a garage and carrying 5-gallon buckets was not entitled to temporary total disability benefits because he underwent additional surgery, the Ohio Court of Appeals ...Read More
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