By: Daniel R. Miller
Published December 01, 2013 - 6:00am CST
There are several things that make an appropriate independent medical exam in a workers compensation case. First, make sure you know the objectives prior to scheduling the exam, says Daniel R. Miller, senior consultant at ClaimDocs L.L.C. The claims manager and the exam medical provider need to know exactly what the issues are and why the exam is being requested.
By: Jeff Slivka
Published November 17, 2013 - 6:00am CST
Although not yet as popular in the United States as in many parts of Europe, public-private partnerships have gained ground over the past few years as long-term alternatives for funding U.S. construction projects. While the projects represent an opportunity to improve U.S. infrastructure, the risks of the projects must be carefully evaluated, says Jeff Slivka, executive vice president and chief...
By: Philip Edmundson
Published November 03, 2013 - 6:00am CST
Workers compensation insurers can no longer avoid dealing with the rise of obesity in the United States — and exiting the market isn't the answer. Philip Edmundson, chairman and CEO of William Gallagher Associates Insurance Brokers Inc., urges workers comp insurers to seize the opportunities inherent in this changing market and become proactive on loss prevention.
By: Jared Zola and Clark Schweers
Published October 20, 2013 - 6:00am CST
For energy firms facing potential liability from environmental contamination claims arising from the Colorado floods, liability insurance may be an important asset to help manage defense costs and remediation payments, says Jared Zola, a partner and the Northeast regional leader for Dickstein Shapiro L.L.P.'s insurance coverage group, and Clark Schweers, a principal with BDO Consulting.
By: Leigh Ann Pusey
Published October 06, 2013 - 6:00am CST
Drug costs paid by workers compensation insurers have spiked in the past decade, and physician dispensing is one of the reasons why. Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association, says physician dispensing results in higher overall medical costs and higher insurance rates that must be shouldered by employers.
By: Tony Abdollahi
Published September 27, 2013 - 3:13pm CST
Employers' monitoring of their employees' email may be within their rights, but it is a practice that opens them to invasion of privacy lawsuits. Tony Abdollahi, a lawyer practicing in the areas of insurance coverage and commercial litigation for Watson Law Group, explains how to respond to workers' privacy invasion claims and find insurance coverage for this employment practices risk.
By: Amy Reynolds and Bill McClain
Published August 25, 2013 - 6:00am CST
Employers who develop a retirement income strategy will generate a competitive advantage in terms of employee retention, engagement and productivity, according to Mercer L.L.C. retirement savings plan experts Amy Reynolds and Bill McClain.
By: Mark Walls
Published August 11, 2013 - 6:00am CST
The workers compensation system has moved significantly away from the idea of providing for employees injured at work while protecting employers from lawsuits, says Mark Walls, Marsh Inc.'s workers compensation market research leader. To evolve in a positive direction, workers comp should narrow its focus and return to its original intent.
By: Timothy D. Kevane
Published August 06, 2013 - 4:26pm CST
What were previously considered routine settlements between financial institutions and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could result in headaches for corporate directors and officers if an admission of wrongdoing is mandated. Timothy D. Kevane, special counsel at Sedgwick L.L.P., discusses how recent cases in this unsettled landscape may affect insurers and policyholders.
By: Joseph Galanti
Published July 28, 2013 - 6:00am CST
Superstorm Sandy showed many businesses just how vulnerable they are to disruptions to their supply chains and to property damage. As policyholders pursue claims against their insurers, they should carefully consider potential factors that may delay or derail their claims, says Joseph Galanti, managing director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services.
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