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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.

OSHA issues final electronic recordkeeping rule for injuries

Published May 11, 2016 CST

The rule, effective in 2017, will expand electronic recordkeeping for workplace injuries and make such records publicly available.

Employers worry OSHA rule could cast unfair light on injury data

Published May 12, 2016 CST

Stakeholders have major concerns about the fairness of and potential data manipulation under OSHA's final electronic record-keeping rule.

10.4% of chronic pain patients prescribed opioids also take illegal drugs

Published May 12, 2016 CST

About one in nine patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain test positive for illicit drug use, according to a study released Thursday.

OSHA electronic injury reporting rule clears final hurdle

Published May 02, 2016 CST

The White House has signed off on a controversial rule that would expand electronic recordkeeping for workplace injuries.

Workers comp insurers thriving despite industry changes

Published May 05, 2016 CST

Combined ratios improved for workers comp insurers amid system challenges and workplace transformations, NCCI says.

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.

Worker intoxication doesn't exempt employers from reporting injuries

Published May 05, 2016 CST

Employers must record workplace injuries and illnesses involving intoxicated workers, even if the employee was drunk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OSHA to define incentive programs that don't discourage injury reporting

Published May 12, 2016 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to publish guidance clarifying which types of employee incentive programs do and do not discourage employees from reporting injuries and illnesses.

Workers comp insurance group appoints new leaders

Published May 13, 2016 CST

AF Group has announced the appointments of a new president and executive vice president/chief operating officer, effective immediately.

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.

Insurer acquires workers comp opt-out business

Published May 10, 2016 CST

Great American Insurance acquired Service Lloyds Insurance's Texas nonsubscription book of business for an undisclosed amount.

OSHA rule discourages blanket post-injury drug tests

Published May 12, 2016 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final electronic recordkeeping rule takes a stance against blanket employer policies that mandate post-injury drug testing.

Rule targets greater opioid controls for workplace injuries

Published April 29, 2016 CST

Ohio's workers comp bureau has proposed a rule that defines best practices for using opioids to treat injuries and illnesses.

Insurers sue NFL for access to concussion-related documents

Published May 02, 2016 CST

Insurers are seeking to defend against the NFL's uncapped class action settlement for concussion injuries.

(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.

Marsh claims platform integrates disability guidelines for workers comp

Published May 10, 2016 CST

Marsh ClearSight said the update can identify potential high-severity claims through predictive analytics.

(subscription required)OSHA silica rule sets stage for legal battle

Published April 24, 2016 CST

OSHA's final rule on breathable silica has experts betting whether the agency's stricter requirements will survive judicial scrutiny.

Electric utility cited after electrician's arc flash injuries

Published May 04, 2016 CST

Georgia Power Co. is facing $112,000 in proposed OSHA fines after an electrician was severely burned at one of its plants.

(subscription required)Support grows for view that PTSD work-related for first responders

Published May 08, 2016 CST

Public employers are establishing or considering presumptions that post-traumatic stress disorder is work-related for first responders.