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Employee shot for reporting robbery wins comp for mental, physical injuries

Published April 14, 2014 CST

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a store manager who was shot in retaliation for reporting a robbery should receive workers compensation benefits for psychological and physical injuries he suffered.

Fired worker only needs to prove comp claim as 'contributing factor': Court

Published April 16, 2014 CST

A lawsuit alleging that an injured worker was fired in retaliation for his workers compensation claim only needed to prove that his claim was a “contributing factor” and not an “exclusive cause” of his discharge, a split Missouri Supreme Court ruled.

Injured claims adjuster found drunk on beach denied workers comp

Published April 09, 2014 CST

A claims adjuster cannot receive workers compensation benefits for a head injury he mysteriously suffered while on a Texas beach because he was intoxicated at the time of his accident, a Washington state appeals court has ruled.

Drugmaker Zogenix sues Massachusetts over Zohydro ER sales ban

Published April 13, 2014 CST

The manufacturer of Zohydro ER has sued Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for imposing a ban on prescriptions and sales of the drug in the state.

Spike in use of compounded medications leads workers comp cost increases

Published April 10, 2014 CST

The utilization and cost of compounded medications in workers compensation claims spiked last year, while the costs of antidepressants and non-narcotic painkillers also continued to rise, according to a new report.

Property/casualty insurance rates to decline, but some lines uncertain: Willis

Published April 09, 2014 CST

Commercial property/casualty insurance buyers should see modest improvements in market conditions over the remainder of 2014, though external factors are causing instability in some coverage lines, according to a new report from Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.

Release of painkiller Zohydro ER adds to opioid concerns

Published April 13, 2014 CST

A powerful opioid painkiller recently released to the market is raising concerns among workers compensation experts as the insurance industry continues to struggle with opioid addiction and abuse among injured workers.

FDA approves opioid overdose treatment Evzio

Published April 13, 2014 CST

The recently approved Evzio is a prescription treatment that patients' family members or caregivers can use to treat opioid overdoses.

Northwestern appeals NLRB ruling classifying football players as employees

Published April 09, 2014 CST

Northwestern University on Wednesday filed an appeal asking the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington to overturn a ruling that classified the school's scholarship football players as university employees.

Worker participation in wellness programs most common success metric: Survey

Published April 03, 2014 CST

Employee participation in specific workplace wellness initiatives remains the most common metric by which employers measure the success of their overall health management programs, according to a report released Thursday.

Commercial insurance rates rise 3% in March: MarketScout

Published April 04, 2014 CST

U.S. commercial property/casualty insurance rates rose an average of 3% in March over those of the prior-year period, MarketScout reported Friday.

Jailed man accused of intentionally injuring himself wins comp benefits

Published April 07, 2014 CST

A Mississippi man serving a prison sentence for manslaughter should receive workers compensation benefits after he was shocked by a power line at his former job, even though the employer argued that he intentionally hurt himself.

NLRB allows Northwestern University football players to hold union vote

Published March 26, 2014 CST

In a case with widespread implications, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and should be allowed to decide whether they want to unionize.

2014 Innovation Awards: CareMC Pharmacy Clinical Modeling

Published March 16, 2014 CST

Applying predictive analytics to pharmacy utilization can give employers and insurers a more proactive means of combating systemic risks and cost drivers associated with prescription treatments for ill and injured workers, CorVel Corp. says.

Travelers overtakes Liberty Mutual as largest workers comp insurer in U.S.

Published March 16, 2014 CST

While Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. is reducing its workers compensation exposure, the market is seeing reduced losses and increased premiums amid an uptick in employer hiring.

Travelers becomes largest U.S. workers comp insurer: NAIC

Published March 05, 2014 CST

Travelers Cos. Inc. was the largest workers compensation insurer in the nation last year, overtaking Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. for the top spot, according to market share data released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

2014 Risk Manager of the Year®, Risk Management Honor Roll® announced

Published February 26, 2014 CST

Business Insurance announced Wednesday that William M. Zachry, vice president of risk management at supermarket chain Safeway Inc., is the 2014 Risk Manager of the Year®.

TRIA's uncertain future sparks workers comp coverage denial and price hikes

Published March 30, 2014 CST

The potential end of the federal terrorism insurance backstop is having a significant ripple effect on workers compensation coverage, with some employers being denied renewal of their coverage or facing hefty price hikes.

OSHA fines real estate developer over $2.3M for asbestos, lead violations

Published April 03, 2014 CST

A Wingdale, N.Y.-based real estate development and management company faces more than $2.3 million in fines for knowingly exposing employees and contractors to asbestos and lead hazards.

2014 Innovation Awards: viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology

Published March 16, 2014 CST

By enabling employees who receive workers compensation, disability or leave benefits to keep tabs on their claims via the Internet or their smartphones, Sedgwick's viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology aims to eliminate some frustration that leads injured workers to seek legal representation.

Ex-workers comp director must pay more than $1M in fraud restitution

Published March 19, 2014 CST

The former workers compensation director for a Texas risk management fund has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $1 million in restitution after he defrauded the pool of more than $514,000.

No comp benefits for worker hit near employer-paid parking: N.J. High Court

Published April 03, 2014 CST

A worker who was hit by a vehicle while walking into her office from an employer-paid parking lot cannot receive workers compensation for her injuries, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Broadspire offers client advocates to help with return-to-work issues

Published April 07, 2014 CST

Broadspire Services Inc. has launched a new client advocate model that helps the process of employees returning to work after an injury and gives employers the tools to manage overall disability and absence costs, the Atlanta-based third-party administrator said Friday.

GALLERY: 2014 Business Insurance Innovation Awards

Published March 19, 2014 CST

See photos from Business Insurance's 2014 Innovation Awards, presented during Business Insurance’s Risk Management Summit in New York, March 12-13.

Medicaid rule changes could delay workers comp and liability settlements

Published March 02, 2014 CST

Medicare Secondary Payer Act experts are weighing an effort to change federal Medicaid recovery law that they say could hinder claim settlements this fall.