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Prescription cost per workers comp claim rose 7.3% in 2014

Published June 23, 2015 CST

While the average cost per workers compensation claim increased in 2014, the number of prescriptions per injured worker and the average morphine equivalent dose per script declined, Coventry Workers' Comp Services said Tuesday.

Employer snooping cuts comp claim costs

Published June 25, 2015 CST

Surveillance and social media investigations can help workers compensation payers close exaggerated claims, sources say.

Comp benefits still on the table despite worker’s pre-existing condition

Published June 24, 2015 CST

A worker’s pre-existing neck injuries should not bar him from getting full workers compensation benefits for a back injury, a New York appeals court ruled last week.

Workers comp constitutionality challenge dismissed

Published June 25, 2015 CST

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday overturned a controversial decision by a state circuit court judge that questioned the constitutionality of the state’s workers compensation system.

(subscription required)Medical marijuana ruling a victory for employers

Published June 21, 2015 CST

A Colorado Supreme Court ruling upholding Dish Network's firing of a worker for smoking marijuana outside of work is a victory for employers, particularly in reinforcing the principle of a drug-free workplace.

Workers comp exemption for farm workers struck down

Published June 26, 2015 CST

The New Mexico Court of Appeals this week struck down a longstanding provision of the state’s workers compensation law that exempts certain workers on ranches and farms from coverage.

Reimbursements, proximity of surgeons affect likelihood of back surgery

Published June 26, 2015 CST

A study released on Thursday found that a variety of factors including reimbursement rates for doctors and local practice norms account for the wide variance in back surgery rates for injured workers according to location.

Poultry processor fined over workers' repetitive injuries

Published June 23, 2015 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Monday that the operators of a Delaware poultry plant face $38,000 in fines for musculoskeletal injuries suffered by its employees.

(subscription required)Changing demographics reset workplace safety

Published June 21, 2015 CST

HOUSTON — Changing workplace demographics are creating several new challenges for risk managers, notably in the area of safety.

Employer liable for snack break slip and fall

Published June 22, 2015 CST

An Arkansas woman injured while walking to a snack vending machine is entitled to workers compensation benefits, an appeals court ruled last week.

Lifetime benefits expanding for spouses of first responders killed in Texas

Published June 22, 2015 CST

Surviving spouses of first responders killed on the job in Texas will soon be entitled to lifetime death benefits even if they remarry.

(subscription required)Proper equipment just first step to improve office ergonomics, reduce injuries

Published June 21, 2015 CST

DALLAS — With a proper training program, ergonomic solutions can improve worker safety and prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

South Dakota workers compensation rate to drop

Published June 19, 2015 CST

South Dakota employers will see an 8.9% decrease in its voluntary market loss cost workers compensation rate as of July 1, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Workers comp reform backers optimistic about Illinois action

Published May 28, 2015 CST

Two workers compensation reform bills that Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed have failed to advance in the Democrat-controlled legislature, but experts remain hopeful about Illinois passing such legislation during the current session.

Distracted walking injuries threaten worker safety

Published June 19, 2015 CST

Distracted walking injuries are on the rise and pose a threat to workplaces, National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said.

Injured worker can't sue co-worker who drove golf cart in crash

Published June 18, 2015 CST

A worker injured in a golf cart crash at an offsite company event cannot sue the co-worker behind the wheel at the time, an Ohio appeals court has ruled.

Illinois comp reform proposal worries employers, insurers

Published June 11, 2015 CST

Recently adopted amendments to legislation to revamp Illinois' workers comp standards for causation, what portion insurers must pay and what constitutes a traveling employee are adding to uncertainty about the bill's fate.

(subscription required)UP CLOSE: Terri Rhodes

Published June 21, 2015 CST


North Dakota workers comp insurer hacked

Published June 16, 2015 CST

A recent cyber attack may have compromised seven years of incident and payroll reports filed by employers and workers, North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance said.

Injured independent contractor can’t pursue civil suit

Published June 03, 2015 CST

An injured North Dakota driver, who was awarded workers compensation benefits, can’t pursue a civil suit against the trucking company he was under contract with, despite being classified as an independent contractor, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Insurance agency liable for fraudulent comp premium payments

Published June 19, 2015 CST

A New York appellate court has found an insurance agency liable for $220,000 in fraudulent workers compensation premium payments a company paid at the instruction of one of its former agents.

Ruling mandates workplace injury video evidence

Published June 03, 2015 CST

Montana employers must preserve video footage of workplace accidents, even if the footage doesn't seem to show pertinent evidence in an accident investigation, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.

Massachusetts comp bill would assist lowest-paid workers

Published May 27, 2015 CST

A Massachusetts bill that would improve access to medical care and increase benefits for injured workers in the state has been heard by the state's Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Drug overdose death puts onus on workers comp payers

Published June 18, 2015 CST

Workers compensation payers should monitor the drugs injured workers take as a result of a California Supreme Court ruling that an injury needs only to be a contributing cause in a compensable death.

Fake firms' owners arrested for renting out comp policies

Published June 16, 2015 CST

Six shell corporation owners have been arrested for carrying out an elaborate workers compensation insurance fraud scheme, the Florida Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud said.