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Suit challenges 'core' of Florida's workers comp system

Published November 12, 2015 CST

Florida Supreme Court takes a case that goes to the heart of the state's exclusive remedy provision.

Traveling worker's car accident not compensable

Published November 10, 2015 CST

A state appeals court has ruled on a man who died from injuries he sustained in a car accident while out of town on business.

U.S. attorney targets 'rampant corruption' in workers comp scheme

Published November 11, 2015 CST

Eight indicted for allegedly submitting $25 million in fraudulent billings to California comp insurers, and U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy says there's more to come.

Worker who got mesothelioma 40 years after job caught in comp catch-22

Published November 04, 2015 CST

A split court has ruled that workers comp was the exclusive remedy for a man who developed asbestos-related mesothelioma more than a decade after a deadline had run out for seeking occupational disease-related benefits.

Workplace safety can help boost profits

Published November 18, 2015 CST

Money talks, which is why it is crucial for construction industry employers to understand the correlation between workplace safety and profitability.

Hawaiian worker injured 19 years ago to get new hearing on benefits

Published November 09, 2015 CST

Construction supervisor Benjamin Pulawa III has been cleared to undergo a "relatively new" treatment for tinnitus stemming from 1996 accident.

Overprescribing doctor convicted of murder in opioid overdoses

Published November 04, 2015 CST

For the first time nationwide, a doctor has been convicted of murder for overprescribing prescription drugs.

Workers comp, benefits suits won't stop ride-sharing services, Amazon.com

Published November 12, 2015 CST

There's great potential for precedents as on-demand economy blurs lines between employees and independent contractors.

Waitress with brain injury due workers comp

Published November 16, 2015 CST

A server in South Dakota who was injured while breaking up a New Year's Eve bar fight has been deemed eligible for comp benefits.

Worker's leg amputation leads to OSHA fine for metal parts maker

Published November 18, 2015 CST

A metal parts manufacturer is getting slapped with 30 citations and a hefty fine following an incident that led to an employee losing his leg.

Texas limits access to opioids for comp injuries

Published October 26, 2015 CST

Prescriptions for the powerful painkillers fentanyl transdermal patches and MS Contin will require preauthorization in Texas as of Feb. 1.

Worker hurt on lunch break eligible for comp

Published November 11, 2015 CST

A worker whose chair collapsed while he was eating lunch is entitled to permanent total disability benefits, a Missouri court has ruled.

(subscription required)Putting the hurt on pain medications

Published November 08, 2015 CST

Tighter control of long-acting opioids is expected to change prescribing behaviors, but workers compensation claim payers should watch for an uptick in the use of other powerful narcotics.

Worker's blindness not compensable despite eye injury on the job

Published October 30, 2015 CST

A worker's pre-existing glaucoma foiled his chances of getting workers compensation benefits for vision loss he experienced in the aftermath of an eye injury sustained at the hands of an irate customer.

Connecticut to cut workers comp rate for 2016

Published November 09, 2015 CST

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade has approved a 3.9% reduction in voluntary market workers comp advisory rates.

Florida settles on 4.7% cut in workers comp rates

Published November 13, 2015 CST

After rejecting the NCCI's proposal to lower overall workers comp rates in the state by 1.9%, Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation decided to approve a much larger rate cut.

Safety programs cut workers comp cost, boost morale

Published October 29, 2015 CST

Behavior-based safety programs that offer constructive feedback and positive reinforcement can help cut workers comp costs and increase employee productivity, according to speakers at Business Insurance's 2015 Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference.

Constitutionality of workers comp medical review process upheld

Published October 29, 2015 CST

An appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of California's requirement that treatment of an injured worker be approved by a claims adjuster unless a physician deems it medically unnecessary.

Florida orders 5.1% workers comp rate decrease

Published November 05, 2015 CST

National Council on Compensation Insurance proposed just a 1.9% reduction.

OSHA eyes joint employer liability for franchise safety violations

Published October 29, 2015 CST

A franchisor and franchisee could both be held liable as employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to an internal OSHA memo.

28 charged in million-dollar workers comp scheme

Published November 17, 2015 CST

Nearly 30 injured workers, physicians and claims examiners around Dallas have been charged with fraudulently billing the U.S. DOL's Office of Worker Compensation Programs.

Plastering firm faces six-figure fine in worker's death

Published November 13, 2015 CST

A Phoenix dry wall contractor is looking at $407,000 in OSHA fines after its failure to provide scaffolding and personal fall protection resulted in the death of an employee.

Will New York workers comp compliance program disadvantage payers?

Published November 05, 2015 CST

New York's new payer compliance program uses financial penalties as an incentive to expedite benefit payments to injured workers. However, not everyone is a fan of the new system.

Granite countertop maker fined $87,000 by OSHA

Published November 05, 2015 CST

Massachusetts-based granite countertop manufacturer facing fines of more than $87,000 for failing to correct recurring hazards.

Dollar General faces more fines for safety violations

Published November 02, 2015 CST

Dollar General Corp. can't seem to stay out of trouble with OSHA.