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Workers' Compensation News

Terrorism Shows Holes in Workers’ Comp Benefits 03/30/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 572 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Insurance Information Institute criticized ProPublica’s recent reportage on workers’ comp. It noted contributions by insurers in reducing the rate of injuries. But the III did not address the main point of ProPublica, which the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration al...Read More
The controversy over UDT 03/23/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 746 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical treatment guidelines, such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines, recommend urine drug testing for injured workers prescribed opioids. And yet, studies show that few physicians actually pr...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 03/20/2015
By: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: Top | 494 | 0
NEW! Saiz v. Susser Holdings Corp., 04-14-00487-CV, (03/11/2015): A Texas appellate court upheld an arbitrator's decision that a worker's claims against her nonsubscribing employer were time-barred because she had failed to demand arbitration of them before the expiration of the statute o...Read More
Telecommuting or the Case of the slithery Critter 03/10/2015
By: Nancy Grover
State: NA | Segment: Top | 935 | 0
A recent troubling experience led me to thoughts about telecommuting, workers’ comp and how employers can protect themselves against unnecessary claims. The short version of my sad tale is this: Living in Florida (sorry northeasterners!), brings with it concerns about critters &ndas...Read More
Two new major Reports on Workers' Comp 03/09/2015
By: Tom Lynch
State: NA | Segment: Top | 505 | 0
In what can be nothing other than a coordinated move, both OSHA and ProPublica on March 4 released major reports targeting similar workers' comp issues. ProPublica's report was coproduced with National Public Radio. The Demolition of Workers' Comp ProP...Read More
The Opt-Out War Heats Up 03/02/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 521 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
In the past few weeks, events 680 miles apart sharpened the debate over the merits of workers’ compensation opt-out. In Nashville, state senator Mark Green submitted a bill, SB 721, to create an opt-out system in Tennessee. He had advice and support from ...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 02/20/2015
State: TX | Segment: Top | 491 | 0
NEW! Rincones v. WHM Custom Services et al., 13-11-00075-CV, (02/12/2015): Workers' compensation exclusive remedy did not protect a business from a negligence claim filed by a worker who alleged that he was fired after a mandatory drug test falsely indicated that he had used marijuana, the Te...Read More
The New Mexico Marijuana Case is even Weirder than You Think 02/04/2015
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Of all the states, who would have guessed that New Mexico would be the hotbed of medical marijuana court decisions? Between the Vialpando v. Ben’s Auto. Servs., in May and the ...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 01/20/2015
Source: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: Top | 396 | 0
NEW! Texas Department of Insurance v. Mensch, 04-14-00449-CV, (01/14/2015): The 4th District Court of Appeals said that a worker could not get a court order compelling the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation to review a carrier's denial of preauthorization for dental work relat...Read More
The Workers' Comp System Is Shrinking 01/05/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 622 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ compensation in Texas is at a happy moment. Employers expect premium decreases in 2015 of over 10%, driving the state further down the rankings of states in terms of workers’ compensation insurance costs. Insurers, enjoying combined loss ratios of around 90%, can easily affor...Read More
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