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Most Emailed Workers Comp News

Liberty Mutual looks to unbundle insurance, claims

Published April 28, 2016 CST

The nation's third-largest workers comp insurer is considering a strategy that could potentially lower claims handling costs.

Lawsuit claims workers comp insurers hacked into injured workers' files

Published April 25, 2016 CST

A California worker alleges Berkshire Hathaway and others hired private investigators to access workers comp claim information.

Court upholds workers comp benefits for delivery driver diagnosed with PTSD

Published April 14, 2016 CST

A FedEx Corp. driver said a new manager's demands and the stress of a difficult day drove his post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.

Firm did not violate federal disability law by not hiring obese worker

Published April 12, 2016 CST

An employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rescinded a job offer to a man considered too obese for work.

Settlement could cost NFL up to $1 billion over 65 years

Published April 18, 2016 CST

A class action settlement approved Monday is expected to cover more than 20,000 retired football players for concussion-related claims.

Russell Stover candy firm cited after factory ammonia leak

Published April 04, 2016 CST

A Missouri candy company has been deemed a severe violator of workplace safety standards and is facing $193,600 in proposed fines.

Abuse of employer-paid opioid prescriptions widespread

Published April 20, 2016 CST

About 32% of opioid prescriptions paid for by employers are being used inappropriately, according to Castlight Health.

Court to review if injured worker can pursue tort claim against utilization reviewer

Published April 21, 2016 CST

The California Supreme Court is weighing whether workers comp exclusive remedy rules apply to medical decisions made in utilization reviews.

Rulings issued in two high profile workers comp cases

Published April 28, 2016 CST

Florida's high court struck down workers comp attorney fee schedules, but declined to review the constitutionality of the state's comp system.

(subscription required)Employers get ready for comp changes

Published April 10, 2016 CST

California firms could have an incentive to improve safety under a variable split point plan for determining workers comp premiums.

California considering 5% workers comp premium cut

Published April 07, 2016 CST

California employers could see an average 5% cut to the premiums paid for workers compensation coverage starting in July.

Construction trade groups take first legal shot at OSHA silica rule

Published April 04, 2016 CST

Critics of the silica rule say it's based on "flawed science, flawed economic data and flawed logic."

Broadspire adds soft tissue injury testing service for workers comp cases

Published April 04, 2016 CST

Broadspire Services Inc. has partnered with Emerge Diagnostics to provide electrodiagnostic assessments for injured workers.

Travelers predictive model aims to prevent chronic pain for injured workers

Published April 05, 2016 CST

The model has helped more than 9,000 injured workers receive customized pain treatment so far, according to Travelers Cos. Inc.

Higher state fee schedules can drive patients into workers comp system

Published April 21, 2016 CST

Injuries that are tricky to diagnose as work-related are more likely to be classified as workers comp claims in states with pricy fee schedules.

(subscription required)Utilization review under fire in state high court

Published April 24, 2016 CST

At issue is whether utilization reviewers are protected from tort lawsuits under workers comp exclusive remedy rules.

Mesothelioma victim's family wins asbestos award

Published April 25, 2016 CST

A federal jury awarded $17 million to the surviving spouse and children of a worker who was exposed to asbestos.

State high court hears arguments in workers comp constitutionality case

Published April 07, 2016 CST

The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether the state's workers compensation system is adequate for injured workers.

(subscription required)Employers set to fight OSHA over retaliation claims

Published April 10, 2016 CST

Employers have more to worry about given the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ramp-up of litigation to protect whistleblowing employees as it targets common workplace safety policies as well as supervisors.

Workers comp drug prices rise as utilization falls

Published April 05, 2016 CST

Workers compensation prescription drug spending per worker increased 2.2% last year, according to Express Scripts Inc.

Contractor cited after worker dies in fall through skylight

Published April 05, 2016 CST

OSHA says the Georgia employer failed to protect the worker from fall hazards.

OSHA's voluntary protection program encourages safety partnerships

Published April 14, 2016 CST

The safety director for Shermco Industries says the program requires commitment from employers, but also empowers workers.

Disability benefit ruling could mark the start of workers comp reform challenges

Published April 14, 2016 CST

An Oklahoma Supreme Court decision could portend more rulings that would alter the state's recent workers comp reforms.

Court strikes down deferred disability benefits for injured workers

Published April 13, 2016 CST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that deferring workers comp benefits for some injured employees is unconstitutional.

Employers balk at OSHA silica dust rule

Published March 31, 2016 CST

Reduction in permissible crystalline silica levels called unattainable and effectiveness of engineering controls in question.