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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mental illness disability claims require specialized input

Published January 23, 2015 CST

PHILADELPHIA — More often than not, effective management of disability insurance claims related to mental illness requires a specialized understanding of the comorbid relationships they share with physical medical conditions.

Fight with employer bars worker from disability benefits

Published January 29, 2015 CST

An Ohio worker who quit his job on his first day of light-duty work is entitled to workers compensation benefits but not temporary total disability benefits, a divided Ohio Supreme Court 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.

T-Mobile facing labor claim despite address mix-up

Published January 30, 2015 CST

A New York state appellate court has ruled in favor of a construction worker who misidentified the location of his accident when he filed a labor law claim.

Ex-NFL lineman defends his comp award despite 'Survivor' stint

Published January 30, 2015 CST

A former football star is taking to the airwaves and flexing his muscles to prove he didn't commit insurance fraud.

Enstar unit buys workers comp insurer Companion

Published January 29, 2015 CST

Enstar Group Ltd.’s indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, Sussex Holdings Inc., has acquired Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Co., a property/casualty, specialty and workers compensation insurer, for $218 million.

Employers to see lower workers comp rates in Delaware

Published January 28, 2015 CST

An 11.5% decrease in Delaware voluntary workers compensation rates has been approved based on a recommendation from the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau.

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.

Workers comp sector seeks to curb off-label drug use

Published January 18, 2015 CST

Medications such as Abilify and Actiq are being used off-label to treat injured workers, prompting the workers comp sector to focus on curbing inappropriate prescribing that may be pricey and dangerous.

Dead worker's estate can't collect on liability policy

Published January 22, 2015 CST

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday found that Florida's workers comp exclusive remedy provision prevents a $9.5 million liability judgment from being paid by an insurer to the estate of a Florida worker killed on the job.

9/11 responder can keep PTSD workers comp benefits

Published January 22, 2015 CST

An appellate court in New York has upheld workers compensation benefits awarded to an upstate New York police officer who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

President of workers comp rating agency to retire

Published January 23, 2015 CST

Stephen J. Klingel, president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc., plans to retire from his post in February 2016, the workers compensation ratemaking agency said Friday.

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.

Pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions

Published January 22, 2015 CST

Two former professional wrestlers have sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. for concussions they sustained during their careers.

Rate cut proposed by monopoly workers comp insurer

Published January 23, 2015 CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has proposed a 10.8% workers compensation advisory rate cut for private employers in the state.

Injured worker's disability benefits stopped after treatment plateaus

Published January 22, 2015 CST

A woman who reached maximum medical improvement after treatment for a work-related injury is no longer entitled to temporary total disability benefits despite ongoing treatment authorized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Ebola keeping hospitals in safety mode

Published January 05, 2015 CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how the recent Ebola cases in the U.S. have impacted safety protocols and risk management practices at health care systems across the country.

Truck driver with previous injuries denied Florida workers comp

Published December 29, 2014 CST

A Florida truck driver who failed to tell his employer and treating physicians about his prior injuries and workers compensation claim in Ohio is barred from receiving benefits, a Florida appeals court ruled Tuesday.

South Carolina high court grants comp benefits to worker who tripped on carpet

Published January 15, 2015 CST

A South Carolina state employee who tripped and fell on the job should receive workers compensation benefits for her injuries even though the carpet she tripped on was not a unique condition of her employment.