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Railroad not liable for worker's heart attack death

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 05, 2015 - 1:17pm CST

CSX Transportation Inc. was not liable for the 2006 death of a conductor from a heart attack, a Florida appeals court has ruled, upholding a lower court ruling.

Montana workers comp fund lowers rates for next policy year

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 05, 2015 - 9:51am CST

The Montana State Fund Board of Directors has announced an average overall 5% workers compensation advisory rate decrease for policyholders in the state.

MRSA infection leads to impairment, return to work ruling

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 04, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

A Tennessee maintenance technician who developed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a drug-resistant staph infection, from a work-related injury is entitled to a 7% impairment rating and was denied a “meaningful return to work."

Worker gets comp benefits despite irregular opioid prescription use

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 04, 2015 - 12:11pm CST

A New York employer can’t discontinue workers compensation indemnity benefits for an injured worker whose urine drug tests showed that the man was not taking an opioid medication regularly, a New York appellate court has ruled.

OSHA issues final confined space construction rule

By: Bill Kenealy

Published May 01, 2015 - 2:34pm CST

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final confined spaces rule Friday to increase protections for construction workers.

Insurer not liable for $7 million judgment in charcoal kiln door death

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 01, 2015 - 2:12pm CST

An insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify the owner of a charcoal manufacturing company where a worker was killed when she was crushed by a 2,000-pound steel door, the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled.

CMS enacts Medicare secondary payer appeals process

By: Sheena Harrison

Published May 01, 2015 - 11:12am CST

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has enacted a formal appeals process for workers compensation claim payers and others who want to contest reimbursements that must be paid under federal Medicare Secondary Payer rules.

North Dakota 'an exceptionally dangerous' place to work

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 30, 2015 - 1:51pm CST

North Dakota had the highest job fatality rate in the nation in 2013 due to worker deaths in the oil and gas extraction and construction sectors, according to the AFL-CIO.

Casino worker hurt after car hits hog eligible for comp

Published April 30, 2015 - 12:20pm CST

A woman who got into a car accident with a massive wild hog while returning from a trip to an Alabama bingo hall can receive workers compensation for her injuries, the Mississippi Court of Appeals has ruled.

Longer-term, high-dosage opioid use an ongoing danger

By: Sheena Harrison and Bill Kenealy

Published April 30, 2015 - 11:05am CST

As managers of workers compensation struggle with claims costs linked to abuse of opioid painkillers, researchers are seeking better metrics to quantify dosages that are safe.

Oklahoma high court rejects alternative workers comp system challenge

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 29, 2015 - 1:47pm CST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected assuming jurisdiction over a lawsuit alleging that the state’s alternative workers compensation system is unconstitutional.

Express Scripts says controlling cancer-drug costs a tough new focus

Published April 29, 2015 - 10:10am CST

(Reuters) — Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co, which has aggressively negotiated lower costs of new hepatitis C drugs, on Wednesday said a new “focus area” will be subduing costs of a growing wave of pricey biotech cancer drugs.

Ohio employers get workers comp premium payment options

By: Bill Kenealy

Published April 28, 2015 - 12:22pm CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors has approved a plan that will give employers greater choice in how they pay their annual workers compensation premiums under the state’s revamped billing system.

Workers comp insurer names senior vice president

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 27, 2015 - 4:23pm CST

Workers compensation insurer Employers Holdings Inc. has promoted Lori A. Brown to senior vice president and deputy general counsel, the company said Monday.

Volunteer injured in crash eligible for workers comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 27, 2015 - 2:38pm CST

A search-and-rescue volunteer who was injured on his way to a meeting with local fire chiefs is eligible to receive workers compensation benefits, a Colorado appellate court has ruled.