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Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate Increasing 2.7% 12/21/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 580 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 8 min read
Maximum benefits for Florida workers' compensation claimants will increase 2.7% to $886 per week, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Tuesday. Subsection 440.12(2) of Florida statutes sets the maximum rate at 100% of the statewide weekly wage adjusted to the nearest doll...Read More
Trucking Co. Owner Accused of Evading $389K in Premiums 12/21/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 597 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 4 min read
New Jersey prosecutors filed felony fraud charges against the owner of a Newark trucking company for allegedly dodging $389,000 in premiums by submitting false payroll information to its carrier. ...Read More

Supreme Court Won't Review Denial of Widow's Claim for Benefits 12/21/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 565 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
The Louisiana Supreme Court refused to review a denial of benefits to the widow of a worker who was electrocuted and it was unclear whether he was working for himself or his employer. ...Read More

8th District Overturns Contempt Orders Against Wal-Mart in Retaliation Case 12/21/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 627 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
A Texas appellate court overturned $9,000 in contempt sanctions ordered by an El Paso judge against Wal-Mart Stores for allegedly failing to timely respond to a claimant's discovery request, but upheld the judge's order that Wal-Mart pay $11,550 in attorney fees. ...Read More

Using Providers Experienced With Comorbidities Seen as Way to Improve Outcomes 12/20/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1015 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
One key to achieving better outcomes for injured workers who have comorbidities such as diabetes or excessive weight might be to steer them to providers with the best track records for those types of cases, some say. ...Read More

Estate of Worker Without Comp Remedy Can't Sue Employer in Tort 12/20/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: AR | Segment: Top | 788 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
A divided Arkansas Supreme Court last week ruled that the estate of a worker who died from an asbestos-related illness could not bring a civil suit against the worker's former employer, even though the worker couldn't get a remedy through the comp system. ...Read More
Retiring MEMIC CEO Brought About Workplace Culture Change 12/20/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1326 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
On the weekend before his 50th birthday, insurance executive John Leonard drove three hours from Hartford, Connecticut, to Portland, Maine, to accept a job he initially considered out of the question.  ...Read More

Industrial Commission Appointment Part of Outgoing McCrory's 'Power Grab' 12/20/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NC | Segment: Top | 765 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
Actions by North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature to limit the power of the state's newly elected Democratic governor includes an appointment of a woman without a law degree to the Industrial Commission. ...Read More

Split Supreme Court Says Police Officer Was Within COE While at Curb in Front of Home 12/20/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 763 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
A divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a police officer who injured his back while preparing to climb into his car as it was parked on the street in front of his house had been hurt after he departed from his "place of abode," so his injury occurred while he was within the ...Read More

60 Cases of Severe Black Lung Disease Found in Kentucky 12/20/2016
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 526 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
An eastern Kentucky radiology practice identified 60 cases of a severe form of black lung disease among current and former coal miners over a 20-month period beginning last year, according to a new article in a Centers for Disease Control publication. ...Read More
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