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Hub International Acquires Sweet & Baker Agency 10/05/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 897 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
Hub International Ltd. has acquired San Francisco-based Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers Inc., the company announced on Tuesday. Sweet & Baker President Bruce Callander will join Hub California and report to President Kirk Christ. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed....Read More
WCIRB Amends Pure Premium Rate Filing to 4.3% Decrease 10/05/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 566 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
As expected, California's Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Monday amended its rate filing and is now proposing a pure premium rate 4.3% less than the rate that was approved for July 1. The WCIRB is recommending a rate of $2.22 per $100 of payroll, compared to the c...Read More

Long-Awaited Treatment Guidelines Take Effect 10/05/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: AZ | Segment: Top | 677 | 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 | 833 | 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 | 875 | 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 | 804 | 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 | 742 | 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 | 470 | 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
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