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Trucker’s heart attack is compensable

Published July 28, 2015 CST

A long-haul truck driver’s heart attack arose out of and in the scope of his employment, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled.

OSHA proposes tightening injury record-keeping rules

Published July 29, 2015 CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify that employers have continuing obligations to keep and maintain accurate injury and illness records.

Injury suffered in pre-employment test is compensable

Published July 30, 2015 CST

Pre-employment testing of job applicants can prevent workers compensation claims down the line, but an employee who gets injured while undergoing the test may well be due comp benefits.

Dead worker's estate can't sue employer for false imprisonment

Published July 27, 2015 CST

The estate of a woman who suffered a heart attack on the job and died can't sue her employer for false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

AMA supports monitoring to curb opioid abuse

Published July 31, 2015 CST

The American Medical Association is urging doctors to use prescription drug monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse.

Drug monitoring programs offer step toward limiting opioid abuse

Published July 23, 2015 CST

At least 10 states require health care providers to access a prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing opioids, but workers compensation payers in all states should request providers do so to curb overprescribing.

Wendy's employee cribbing daughter's ID arrested for workers comp fraud

Published July 23, 2015 CST

An injured Wendy's restaurant employee claiming to be her own daughter has been arrested for workers compensation fraud among other felony charges, the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation Enforcement Division said.

(subscription required)Employers get creative with light-duty assignments

Published August 02, 2015 CST

When medical restrictions prevent injured employees from returning to work in a light-duty capacity, more employers are looking to outside organizations to accommodate them in the interim.

Workers comp available for domestic employees

Published July 31, 2015 CST

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange is offering workers compensation insurance for the domestic employees of high-net-worth individuals in Florida.

Connecticut law requires prescription opioid checks

Published July 20, 2015 CST

Connecticut is the latest state to require that health care providers obtain information about patients from the state's prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing controlled substances.

Medical professional liability insurer acquires health care consultant

Published July 01, 2015 CST

Coverys’ has invested in Archway Health Advisors and now holds an ownership position in the company, the Boston-based medical professional liability insurer said Wednesday.

Drug agency informants reap millions in federal comp benefits

Published July 22, 2015 CST

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been using federal workers comp benefits to pay informants for about 40 years without the appropriate oversight, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

(subscription required)Q&A:Stephen J. Klingel, National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Published August 02, 2015 CST

Stephen J. Klingel has served as president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. since 2002. Prior to joining the Boca Raton, Florida-based workers compensation ratings and research organization, he held a number of leadership positions. Mr. Klingel will retire in February 2016 after more than four decades in the insurance industry. He recently spoke with Business…

Timing is everything: Before signing contract, worker was employee

Published July 22, 2015 CST

A painter who didn't sign an independent contractor agreement before he was injured on the job is considered an employee and entitled to workers compensation benefits, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.

Mining accidents killed 18 workers in first half of 2015

Published July 24, 2015 CST

Eighteen workers died in mining industry accidents during the first half of 2015, according to a new report by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Massachusetts workers comp rates dip slightly for 2016

Published July 07, 2015 CST

Private employers in Massachusetts are seeing a 0.05% workers compensation rate decrease for fiscal year 2016, the state's Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau said.

New Mexico proposes covering medical pot but not paraphernalia

Published July 17, 2015 CST

The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration has proposed a rule that would reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana but not for expenses related to associated paraphernalia or personal production.

Worker's widow gets interest on unpaid death benefit

Published July 21, 2015 CST

An Arizona worker's widow is owed interest on unpaid death benefits from the time the insurer was notified of the claim until the award was paid, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Alternative light duty programs tackle return-to-work challenges

Published August 02, 2015 CST

What happens when employers aren't able to accommodate injured workers who have been cleared for light duty assignments? We find out how alternative programs are helping some employers manage return-to-work challenges.

Small-business owners struggle with workers comp fraud

Published July 17, 2015 CST

One in five small-business owners don’t feel prepared to identify workers compensation fraud, according to a survey by workers comp insurer Employers Holdings Inc.

Making firefighters safer

Published July 05, 2015 CST

In the latest episode of Business Insurance In Focus, we get an inside look at a study aimed at determining the specific effects that smoke and the products of combustion have on firefighters' health.

Medical care inflation could increase workers comp costs

Published July 02, 2015 CST

With medical care inflation expected to rise, workers compensation payers should take steps to control higher medical costs per claim, sources said.

California workers comp changes proposed

Published June 29, 2015 CST

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California proposes a new experience rating formula and other changes in its 2016 regulatory filing to the state’s insurance department.

Marijuana ruled 'reasonable and necessary' for injured worker's pain relief

Published June 30, 2015 CST

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has again ruled that medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” for an injured worker.

(subscription required)Workers comp attorney pay caps challenged

Published July 05, 2015 CST

A pending Florida Supreme Court decision and state legislative efforts are putting new focus on how to fairly compensate workers compensation attorneys without inviting additional litigation and greatly increasing claim costs.