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Most Read 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.

(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.

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An employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rescinded a job offer to a man considered too obese for work.

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.

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.

Funding provision key to bill granting benefits to firefighters with cancer

Published April 28, 2016 CST

Connecticut lawmakers have voted to pay workers comp claims for firefighters who develop cancer.

(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.

Dollar General stores facing multiple OSHA violations

Published April 18, 2016 CST

Dollar General Corp. is facing a new series of proposed fines worth $107,620 for repeated fire hazards at a Mississippi store.

(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.

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.

Opioid use reduction coincides with puzzling cholesterol drug increase

Published April 07, 2016 CST

Workers comp experts are seeing decreased opioid utilization while scratching their heads over an increase in the use of cholesterol drugs.

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.

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.

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."

(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.

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.

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.

Amputations spur OSHA safety citations

Published April 15, 2016 CST

OSHA has issued $112,700 in fines to a New Jersey medical technology company for failing to protect workers.

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.

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.

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.

Doctors dodge repackaging restrictions by dispensing new drug formulations

Published April 08, 2016 CST

Health care providers are dispensing new strengths of various drugs at higher costs, a study found.

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 requirements for workplace injuries.

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.