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Mental illness disability claims require specialized input

By: Matt Dunning

Published January 23, 2015 - 4:40pm CST

PHILADELPHIA — More often than not, effective management of disability insurance claims related to mental illness requires a specialized understanding of the comorbid relationships they share with physical medical conditions.

Rate cut proposed by monopoly workers comp insurer

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 23, 2015 - 12:12pm CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has proposed a 10.8% workers compensation advisory rate cut for private employers in the state.

Pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions

By: Bill Kenealy

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:58pm CST

Two former professional wrestlers have sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. for concussions they sustained during their careers.

9/11 responder can keep PTSD workers comp benefits

By: Bill Kenealy

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:50pm CST

An appellate court in New York has upheld workers compensation benefits awarded to an upstate New York police officer who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

Injured worker's disability benefits stopped after treatment plateaus

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:23pm CST

A woman who reached maximum medical improvement after treatment for a work-related injury is no longer entitled to temporary total disability benefits despite ongoing treatment authorized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Dead worker's estate can't collect on liability policy

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 22, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday found that Florida's workers comp exclusive remedy provision prevents a $9.5 million liability judgment from being paid by an insurer to the estate of a Florida worker killed on the job.

Beheaded woman's husband to receive workers comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 21, 2015 - 2:58pm CST

The widower of an Oklahoma worker who was decapitated by her co-worker is entitled to death benefits and lifetime weekly workers compensation benefits, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Rate of employers seeking residual workers comp cover slowed in 2013

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 21, 2015 - 2:34pm CST

Workers compensation residual market premiums grew at a slower rate in 2013 compared with 2012, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Medical marijuana deemed 'reasonable and necessary' in N.M. workers comp case

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 20, 2015 - 2:48pm CST

Medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” and paid for under a New Mexico man's workers compensation claim, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week.

Frequency of workers comp indemnity claims in California continues to rise

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 16, 2015 - 1:06pm CST

Workers compensation indemnity claim frequency in California continues to increase as most other states see a downward trend, according to the state’s Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

Atlas General to offer workers compensation insurance in Texas

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 16, 2015 - 9:16am CST

Atlas General Insurance Services L.L.C. has expanded its workers compensation program to Texas.

Jockey accident medical coverage for racetracks launched

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 15, 2015 - 2:44pm CST

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Lockton Cos. L.L.C., and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage have launched a jockey accident medical coverage for racetracks.

South Carolina high court grants comp benefits to worker who tripped on carpet

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 15, 2015 - 12:44pm CST

A South Carolina state employee who tripped and fell on the job should receive workers compensation benefits for her injuries even though the carpet she tripped on was not a unique condition of her employment.

Proposed medical fee schedule changes could boost Florida comp costs 1.9%

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 14, 2015 - 1:44pm CST

Potential updates to Florida’s medical fee schedule for workers compensation health care providers could increase the state’s workers comp system costs by $61 million, or 1.9% annually, NCCI says.

FDA approves EnteroMedics' medical device to treat obesity

Published January 14, 2015 - 1:02pm CST

(Reuters) — The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved a new device to treat obesity, the first since 2007, sending shares of its maker, EnteroMedics Inc., up as much as 74%.

Almost two-thirds of workers comp costs traced to top five injury types

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 14, 2015 - 11:31am CST

The five leading causes of workplace injuries accounted for about 65% of workers compensation costs in 2012, according to new research by Liberty Mutual Group Inc.

Health care workers' comp claims steady in 2014 despite safety programs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 13, 2015 - 2:55pm CST

Workers comp claim frequency for health care workers declined by about 1% in 2014, but claim severity among medical workers increased 2% as health systems say they struggle with safety procedures to reduce worker injuries.

Workers comp exclusive remedy doesn't apply in liability lawsuit against BP

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 12, 2015 - 11:34am CST

A liability lawsuit against a business unit of BP P.L.C. can't be dismissed under workers compensation exclusive remedy provisions because BP hasn't shown that the plaintiffs suffered work-related injuries.

Court shields workers comp settlement, Medicare set-aside in bankruptcy

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 09, 2015 - 12:48pm CST

A worker who used his workers comp settlement and Medicare set-aside account funds to buy real estate and a new truck will not have to include those items as assets under his Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

Widow of health care worker who died of hepatitis C due workers comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 08, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

The widow of a heath care worker who died from complications related to his hepatitis C is entitled to benefits despite the fact that the man received a blood transfusion in 1970 that his employer argued could have given him the disease, the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled.

Florida repackaged drug payments to physicians dropped in 2013: Report

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 06, 2015 - 1:58pm CST

Physician repackaged drug payments in Florida fell by nearly 39% in 2013, according to a recent report by the state Division of Workers' Compensation.

Ebola keeping hospitals in safety mode

Published January 05, 2015 - 5:08pm CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how the recent Ebola cases in the U.S. have impacted safety protocols and risk management practices at health care systems across the country.

Commercial property/casualty market poised for soft cycle: MarketScout

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published January 05, 2015 - 11:32am CST

The commercial property/casualty insurance market could be about to turn soft, according to the CEO of Dallas-based electronic insurance exchange MarketScout.

Workers compensation fraud investigations: Old school meets new tools

By: Margaret Everett, Crain's Cleveland Business

Published January 05, 2015 - 10:46am CST

The widespread and pervasive use of social media and the internet has made it simpler to catch and easier to prosecute individuals involved in workers compensation fraud.

Workers comp premiums will increase if Congress fails to renew TRIA in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published January 04, 2015 - 6:00am CST

If the federal terrorism reinsurance backstop program isn't reauthorized during the first quarter of 2015, employers renewing their workers comp coverage could be forced to the residual markets and face significant premium increases.

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