NE - Baylor Evnen Adds Michael Reisbig to Workers' Comp Practice
The Baylor Evnen law firm in Lincoln has added attorney Michael Reisbig to its workers’ compensation practice, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star.
Reisbig is a former in-house counsel for two large insurance companies, the law firm said. He also represents employers and insurers in the defense of workers' compensation claims.
Reisbig received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is admitted to practice law in Nebraska and Iowa.
Prior to practicing law, Reisbig participated in a year-long vol...
NY - NYC Workers' Comp Costs Doubled in Past Decade
New York City’s workers’ compensation costs have more than doubled since 2008 and reached a 10-year high of $25.7 million in 2017, according to a report in the New York Post.
Citing data from the city’s Law Department, the newspaper said the city’s workers’ compensation costs increased 109% since 2008. Last year, 18,604 city workers were paid workers’ compensation benefits, 20% more than 10 years prior. The average payout was $1,381, up from an average of $793 per claim in 2008.
Corrections claims have increased 219% since 2008, according to The Post....
MI - Pure Premium Rate Drops for 8th Year in a Row
Michigan’s pure premium advisory rate will decrease by 8.3% in 2019, marketing the eighth consecutive rate decrease, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Monday.
The pure premium rate has declined a cumulative 49% since 2011, creating $492 million in employer savings, LARA said. Gov. Rick Snyder credited reform legislation that he signed in 2011.
LARA noted that a Workers Compensation Research Institute study found that Michigan had the lowest overall cost per lost-time claim among studied states. The 2018 premium rate ranking by Oregon regulators found Michigan...
MD - Mercaldo, Former Comp Commissioner, Dies at 98
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Clement Mercaldo, a Maryland workers' compensation commissioner throughout the 1970s and 1980s, died this week at his home in Towson. He was 98.
Mercaldo, an attorney and former Baltimore city solicitor, served on the Workmen's Compensation Commission from 1971 to 1987, according to a news report. The son of Italian immigrants, he was appointed by Gov. Marvin Mandel and again by Gov. Harry Hughes.
Mercaldo was replaced on the commission by Jacques Leeds, who also died this year.
Mercaldo was remembered as a fair-minded jurist.