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Employer Can Take Offset for Benefits Paid Under Non-Occupational Disability Plan 07/12/2016
State: VT | Segment: Top | 821 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
A narrowly divided Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that an employer was entitled to offset its future liability to an injured worker to recoup the payments it had made to her through a short-term disability plan, even though Vermont law contains no express provision for such an&nb...Read More

BrickStreet Acquires Workers' Comp Block of HM, Continues Explosive Growth 07/12/2016
State: WV | Segment: Top | 711 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 94 min read
BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. overcame one of West Virginia’s worst disasters in 2006 and in the decade since has evolved from the state’s first private workers’ compensation carrier to a regional player with a footprint in 12 states and the District of Columbia. ...Read More
OSHA Cites Employer After Warehouse Worker Crushed by 3 Tons of Granite 07/12/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 589 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated Denver's Nidi Tec Inc. after an employee was crushed by 6,500 pounds of fractured granite slabs. The stone distributer received $88,900 in penalties for two willful, two repeat and seven serious violations. An empl...Read More

Paid Claims Continue to Decrease as State Works to Curb Medical Costs 07/12/2016
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 877 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 54 min read
The number of paid workers’ compensation claims in Minnesota fell 49% between 1997 and 2014, according to a new annual report by the state Department of Labor and Industry. ...Read More

Gas Equipment Manufacturer, Labor Broker Receive $120,000 in OSHA Fines 07/12/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 590 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
An oil and gas equipment manufacturer, and its labor broker, received about $120,000 in combined OSHA fines after failing to label hazardous chemicals or properly dispose of contaminated material, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Austin area office announced. ...Read More

No Waiver of 30-Day Reporting Deadline for Worker Who Changed His Mind 07/12/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 1005 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
A worker who failed to report that he had injured his back at work because a union representative told him that filing a claim might delay medical treatment — but changed his mind after talking to a lawyer — missed the 30-day deadline set by state law to pursue a workers'...Read More

Court Reverses Summary Judgment for Homeowner on Labor Law Claim 07/12/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 456 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
A New York appellate court overturned a grant of summary judgment on a worker's Labor Law claim in favor of a property owner, finding a triable issue as to whether the owner was using his residential property as his home or for commercial purposes. ...Read More

DWC Adopts Rules to Maintain Surcharge Rates 07/12/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 478 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted rules maintaining premium surcharge rates at the same level as was charged in the previous fiscal year. ...Read More

Award to Widow Must Be Based on Worker's AWW at Time of Injury 07/12/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 505 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that an award of benefits for a worker's death from complications of surgery related to an industrial injury 12 years earlier had to be calculated using the worker's average weekly wage at the time of his injury. ...Read More

Employer Can Designate New Doctor Once Worker's Authorized Provider Retires 07/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 567 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Tennessee's Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that the retirement of a worker's authorized treating physician triggered the process for the designation of a new treating doctor. ...Read More
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