- Creative claims settling
Experts say workers compensation claims handlers need to think outside the box to devise settlements that help injured workers resolve long-standing cases.
- Fast action, solid resources stop claims spiraling
Failing to pay adequate attention to an employee immediately after he or she is injured can quickly result in expensive, tough-to-close workers compensation cases, veteran risk managers say.
- Workers cannot accumulate impairment ratings for separate injuries: Maine Court
PORTLAND, Maine—The Maine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an injured worker cannot combine impairment ratings for accidents that he suffered, limiting the number of weeks that he can collect workers compensation benefits for some of his injuries.
- Employers, unions close to deal to reform California workers comp system
SACRAMENTO—Employers and labor unions are close to cutting a deal to reform California’s workers compensation system while boosting disability benefits, according to reports published Thursday.
- California rating bureau eyes increase in workers compensation pure premium advisory rates
SAN FRANCISCO—The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is considering a 7.
- OFF BEAT: Cup of coffee packs a punch for worker
An Australian man who was punched in the arm by a coworker over a cup of hot coffee was denied workers compensation.
- Retired NFL player cannot file for workers comp benefits in Calif.: Court
PASADENA, Calif.—A retired National Football League player cannot file for workers compensation benefits in California because he did not prove that he suffered injuries in the state, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
- N.J. worker can’t sue ACE USA over unpaid medical bills: Court
TRENTON—Exclusive remedy provisions prevent a New Jersey man from suing his workers compensation insurer over pain and suffering caused by its failure to pay his medical bills, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled.
- New York’s medical database aims to curb prescription drug misuse
States seeking to deter the abuse and diversion of controlled narcotic prescription pain medications should look to New York state’s efforts to implement a “real-time” drug-monitoring registry with teeth.
- More employers turning to workers compensation residual markets
An increasing number of U.S. employers seeking workers compensation insurance coverage are getting pushed into their states’ markets of last resort as insurers walk away from riskier, less profitable accounts.
- Florida cracks down on check-cashing workers compensation scam
Florida officials are cracking down on a scheme that uses check-cashing businesses as part of a plan to avoid paying workers compensation insurance premiums.