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State Worker Allegedly Accessed Her Own Claim Files Against Agency Policy 10/17/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 458 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Ohio’s inspector general has referred a customer service assistant with the state Industrial Commission for possible prosecution for allegedly accessing workers’ compensation claim files in violation of agency rules. ...Read More

CDI Distributes $34.9M in Fraud-Fighting Grants 10/14/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 993 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
The California Department of Insurance will distribute $34.9 million in workers' compensation fraud-fighting grants to 37 district attorneys' offices for fiscal year 2016-17. ...Read More

Supreme Court Denies Appeal by Self-Represented Worker Who Blew Filing Deadline 10/14/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1283 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
The California Supreme Court will not be reviewing a self-represented worker's challenge to the dismissal of his untimely request for administrative review. ...Read More

Bradford & Barthel Attorney Makes Move to San Diego 10/14/2016
Source: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1232 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
The defense firm of Bradford & Barthel on Thursday announced that it is moving one of its Fresno attorneys down south to San Diego. Eliana Ramirez has been with the firm since 2014, and she previously worked on the applicants' side of comp cases in the Los Angeles area.  ...Read More

WCRI Evaluates Impact of Reforms on Medical Costs 10/14/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 940 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 55 min read
Reforms enacted by the California Legislature in 2012 appear to be responsible for reductions in medical costs, while stable medical prices in Texas likely indicate that the state is enjoying the full effect of reforms passed in 2005, according analyses the Workers’ Compensation Research In...Read More

New Study Finds Heart Risk With Short-Term NSAID Use 10/14/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 680 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
Recent use of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, a commonly used alternative to opioids for treating pain, was associated with a 19% increase in the risk of hospitalization due to heart failure, in a study published last month in the British Medical Journal. ...Read More

Supreme Court Vacates Interlocutory Order Granting Employer New Trial 10/14/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: SC | Segment: Top | 611 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
In a case that is "as rare as the proverbial hens' teeth," the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday decided to inject itself into a dispute over a worker's entitlement to continuing benefits that has yet to be resolved at the administrative level. ...Read More

Calif. Still No. 1 in Costs, With Familiar Partners at Top of Tier 10/14/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1188 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
California safely held its place as the most expensive state in the nation for workers' compensation insurance, while New Jersey and New York both moved up a notch to take Nos. 2 and 3, according to the ...Read More

National Ranking Puts State's WC Costs Double That of Neighbor 10/14/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1336 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
Illinois dropped to eighth from seventh nationally in workers’ compensation premiums, but its costs remain more than double that of neighboring Indiana, according to a study released this...Read More

Demolition Company Fined $150K After Worker's Death in Bridge Beam Collapse 10/14/2016
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 447 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
The federal workplace safety agency fined an Illinois demolition company about $150,000 this month for hazards that led to a worker's death in a bridge beam collapse one week before his 48th birthday. ...Read More
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