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Washington state workers comp rates to increase 0.8% in 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 25, 2014 - 2:55pm CST

Workers compensation advisory rates for Washington state businesses will increase 0.8% in 2015, the state Department of Labor & Industries said Tuesday.

Worker can't sue employer's insurer over amputated hand under Texas' opt-out law

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 24, 2014 - 2:52pm CST

A man who was injured while working for a Texas employer who opted out of the state workers compensation system can't sue the company's liability insurer until his employer's liability toward him has been established.

Attacks on hospital nurses trigger state laws to protect them

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Recent acts of violence against health care employees are leading more states to take action to protect medical workers' safety.

Workers compensation insurer rate cuts may follow profitable 2014

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Workers compensation insurers could see their first year of underwriting profitability in nearly a decade due to rate increases, an improving economy, and a focus on data analytics that has helped improve underwriting and workplace safety.

Q&A: Michele Adams, Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Michele Adams is chairwoman of the Washington-based Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition and director of claims management, business strategies and risk management services at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. She recently spoke with Business Insurance Associate Editor Sheena Harrison about how the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, known as the SMART Act, is...

Listing preauthorized medical procedures ruled within N.Y. comp board's powers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:50pm CST

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board was within its regulatory powers when it created a list of preauthorized medical procedures, and it properly places the burden of proving medical necessity on an injured worker’s treating physician, New York’s highest court ruled.

Widow of exec who died after Brazil trip eligible for comp: Appeals court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 18, 2014 - 1:54pm CST

The widow of a company executive who died from meningitis after returning from a business trip to Brazil can receive workers compensation death benefits, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.

Obese workers' absenteeism costs U.S. employers $8.65B a year

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 18, 2014 - 11:58am CST

Absenteeism among obese workers in the United States costs employers about $8.65 billion each year, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

York Risk Services acquires New York third-party administrator

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 17, 2014 - 10:46am CST

Third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. has acquired Mineola, New York-based TPA Risk Management Planning Group.

Philadelphia denied cut of lawsuit settlement from cop hit by drunk driver

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 14, 2014 - 1:19pm CST

The city of Philadelphia did not have a right to subrogate a third-party liability award that was paid to a city police officer, even though the city was paying him benefits, an appellate court has ruled.

Physician dispensing of prescription drugs down slightly in Connecticut: WCRI

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 13, 2014 - 11:45am CST

Physician dispensing of repackaged prescription drugs has “decreased slightly” in Connecticut since workers compensation reforms took effect in July 2012, the Workers Compensation Research Institute said Thursday.

Workers comp claimants face some negative opinions in U.S.: Survey

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 12, 2014 - 2:15pm CST

Most workers compensation claims are filed by “people who don’t want to work,” said 37% of people who responded to a new survey about Americans’ general opinions of workers comp that was released Wednesday by Summit Pharmacy Inc.

Employee injured on ride in company van due workers comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 12, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

An employee injured while being given a ride on the floor of a company van during a snowstorm should receive workers compensation benefits, a New York appellate court has ruled.

Cook bitten by co-worker's dog while on smoke break qualifies for comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 11, 2014 - 3:19pm CST

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a part-time restaurant cook who was bitten by his co-worker's dog should receive workers compensation benefits for the attack.

Lack of 'wet floor' sign entitles New Mexico nurse to higher disability benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 10, 2014 - 1:11pm CST

A New Mexico nurse who was injured when she fell on the job is entitled to an increase in disability benefits because her employer failed post a “wet floor” sign, the state Supreme Court ruled.