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Long-Awaited Treatment Guidelines Take Effect 10/05/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: AZ | Segment: Top | 680 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 190 min read
Four years after lawmakers mandated the use of treatment guidelines, Arizona now has in place evidence-based rules in place governing the appropriate use of opioids for treating chronic pain. ...Read More

Court Allows 3rd-Party Suit by L&I After Statute of Limitations Passed 10/05/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: WA | Segment: Top | 834 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The Washington Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that the state Department of Labor and Industries may seek damages from a third-party tortfeasor in excess of the amount it paid an injured worker in benefits, after the statute of limitations for the worker to bring the third-party claim had elaps...Read More

Insurance Group Objects to Proposed Attorney Fee Hike 10/05/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 876 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
A proposal to increase hourly fees for both claimants’ counsel and defense attorneys will raise workers’ compensation costs in Texas by $50 million annually, an insurance group says in opposition comments. ...Read More

Abuse of Electrodiagnostic Testing a Growing Concern 10/05/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 812 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
Electrodiagnostic testing can be a valuable tool to assess nerve damage in an injured worker, but the tests are often overused in workers’ compensation and may even be conducted fraudulently. ...Read More

Work Comp Rates Down 1% in September, Survey Finds 10/05/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 805 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The composite rate for U.S. business insurance held steady at minus 1% in September, according to a MarketScout survey, in what chief executive officer Richard Kerr called “a standoff.” ...Read More

NCCI's Amended Filing Would Increase Rates 14.5% 10/05/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 743 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
The National Council on Compensation Insurance has proposed a 14.5% rate increase in Florida, amending its filing exactly one week after the state's insurance commissioner rejected the previous proposal for a 19.6% rate hike. ...Read More

Court Overturns Award of Housing and Auto Insurance Costs for Paraplegic Worker 10/05/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 513 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that an employer could not be compelled to pay for housing and automobile insurance for a paraplegic employee without a finding that the costs demanded by the employee were reasonable. ...Read More
Work Comp Commission Dismisses Order Requiring Attorney to File List of Clients 10/05/2016
State: VA | Segment: SOUTH | 474 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission vacated an order requiring an attorney to file a list of the claimants he represented while representing a physician. Deputy Commissioner Christen Burkholder filed the order, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reports. He wanted to investigate Virgin...Read More

Former Attorney Wasn't Entitled to Portion of Fee Award for Petition Filed by New Counsel 10/05/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 506 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a worker's former attorney was not entitled to a portion of the fee award generated from a petition filed by a new attorney. ...Read More
ICA Adopts Changes to Self-Insured Pool Excess Coverage Requirements 10/05/2016
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 439 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
The Industrial Commission of Arizona has adopted rules it says will make it easier for self-insurance pools to obtain excess coverage. The rules allow retention amounts ranging from $100,000 to $1.25 million and eliminate a requirement that all self-insured pools have a ret...Read More
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