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Workers' Compensation News


Keefe: Birth Defect Claims Not Blocked by WC Exclusive Remedy 03/14/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 307 | 0
We consider this article required reading for the insurance/claims industry. ...Read More

Young: Revisiting Single Payer 03/13/2018
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 214 | 0
In 2017 there was quite a flap in the California Legislature over a single-payer health care bill. That bill, SB 562, known as “The Healthy California Act,” passed the California Senate in June by an essentially party-line (23-17) vote. ...Read More
Grinberg: Good-Faith Personnel Action Fails to Bar Claim 03/12/2018
Source: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 432 | 0
In Kirby v. Contra Costa Water District, applicant claimed to have sustained a psyche injury related to work under the supervision of two of defendant’s supervising employe...Read More

Langham: The Meaning of 'Reasonable' 03/09/2018
By: David Langham
State: IA | Segment: Top | 278 | 0
The Iowa Court of Appeals recently rendered an interesting decision in Nestle USA v. Connell. ...Read More

Paduda: Is Work Comp Medical Inflation Increasing? 03/16/2018
Source: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 307 | 0
USI’s 2018 Insurance Market Outlook indicates workers’ comp medical inflation will hit 6%, a significant jump over recent years.  ...Read More

Luna: Opioid Epidemic Deserves More Than a Closed Formulary 03/07/2018
By: Carlos Luna
State: NA | Segment: Top | 589 | 0
We have not yet completed the first quarter of 2018, and numerous states are already engaged in vigorous debate considering the adoption of a drug formulary to help curb opioid use/abuse in their respective workers’ compensation systems. ...Read More
Mullen & Filippi: Winners and Losers 03/06/2018
By: Mullen & Filippi
State: CA | Segment: Top | 706 | 0
The Olympics have concluded. Watching the athletes reminds us that, even when you try your best, you cannot win every time. In this edition of the Bulletin, we report on some recent wins and losses. Defining 'sudden and extraordinary' On Feb.&nbs...Read More

George and Walls: Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management 03/05/2018
By: Kimberly George and Mark Walls
State: NA | Segment: Top | 245 | 0
One of the areas of focus on "Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark" has been addressing chronic pain without opioids. ...Read More

Young: The Effect of Self-Procured Treatment 03/02/2018
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 875 | 0
What is the effect on a claim for temporary disability or permanent disability if a worker self-procures treatment that was denied by utilization review and independent medical review? ...Read More

Keefe: Court Clarifies Post-Decision Interest 03/01/2018
Source: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 232 | 0
I admit to being mildly surprised by this important ruling and I think our Illinois workers' compensation textbook might need updating. ...Read More
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