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Worker keeps big negligence award in Texas comp case

Published January 27, 2015 CST

A Texas appellate court has affirmed a $5.3 million liability judgment against a Texas workers compensation nonsubscriber that was deemed negligent in the case of an injured employee.

Salvation Army worker's treadmill death compensable

Published January 26, 2015 CST

The death of a telecommuter, who suffered a heart attack while walking on the treadmill during work hours, is compensable, and the man's widow should receive workers compensation benefits.

Beheaded woman's husband to receive workers comp benefits

Published January 21, 2015 CST

The widower of an Oklahoma worker who was decapitated by her co-worker is entitled to death benefits and lifetime weekly workers compensation benefits, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Construction accidents lead worker deaths

Published January 26, 2015 CST

Work-related fatalities in North Carolina increased markedly in 2014, data released last week by the North Carolina Department of Labor shows.

Workers comp doctors collect much less under new California fee schedule

Published January 29, 2015 CST

Physicians providing consultations to injured workers under California's workers compensation system saw a 31% decrease in payments in the first quarter of 2014 due to changes in the state's workers comp fee schedule.

Lyft drivers may be entitled to employee benefits

Published January 30, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Thursday said it was “very difficult” to decide whether drivers for smartphone-enabled car service Lyft are employees or independent contractors, but that California law appears to favor the drivers.

Court says misleading manual provides FMLA coverage

Published January 26, 2015 CST

A Michigan county road commission employee was entitled to coverage under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, even though the commission was not obligated to provide the coverage, because of a misleading statement in its employee manual, says an appellate court.

Medical marijuana deemed 'reasonable and necessary' in N.M. workers comp case

Published January 20, 2015 CST

Medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” and paid for under a New Mexico man's workers compensation claim, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week.

Almost two-thirds of workers comp costs traced to top five injury types

Published January 14, 2015 CST

The five leading causes of workplace injuries accounted for about 65% of workers compensation costs in 2012, according to new research by Liberty Mutual Group Inc.