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Firefighter who can’t prove source of fungal disease denied comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 01, 2015 - 1:28pm CST

It’s not presumed that a Washington state man developed a fungal infection because of his work as a firefighter, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled.

Injured worker's verdict in spring factory accident upheld

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 01, 2015 - 1:24pm CST

A Texas appellate court has upheld most of a $780,000 jury verdict against a Texas workers compensation nonsubscriber, finding that evidence supported the jury’s award to an injured worker.

Injured restaurant worker denied lifetime comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 31, 2015 - 1:11pm CST

An injured Texas worker who suffered a back injury cannot receive lifetime workers compensation benefits because evidence failed to show that her claim was directly related to her work accident, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled.

Comp rate decreases recommended for two southern states

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 31, 2015 - 1:02pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has filed for workers compensation rate decreases in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Survey to open lens on company safety perceptions

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published August 31, 2015 - 12:27pm CST

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. said Monday that it will offer its commercial lines customers the Liberty Mutual Safety Climate Survey, a service that helps them identify targeted areas for improving safety.

Ontario mulls workers comp reforms

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 30, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Ontario regulators' proposal to change the way employers' premiums are set as part of a revamp of the province's workers compensation system is getting some industry support.

State comp bureau recommends rate cut for public employers

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 28, 2015 - 2:50pm CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has recommended a 9% cut in workers compensation rates next year for public employers in the state, the agency said Friday.

Week in pictures

Published August 28, 2015 - 9:54am CST

Tropical storms, airshow crashes and executive poaching make for a full week at Business Insurance. View the gallery.

Security guard can sue air show despite workers comp settlement

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 27, 2015 - 1:42pm CST

A security guard who was injured during an air show can pursue a lawsuit against the company that operated the event despite previously receiving workers compensation benefits from her employer, a Florida appellate court has ruled.

How should employers handle 'comp claim waiting to happen'?

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 27, 2015 - 12:23pm CST

A company can refuse to hire someone it considers “a workers comp claim waiting to happen,” but experts advise against it.

Tying illnesses to workplace is hard, comp expert tells conference

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 25, 2015 - 12:54pm CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Determining whether an employee's illness is being caused by something in the workplace, making them eligible for workers compensation benefits, is a complicated and often inconclusive process.

2.2% workers comp rate decrease recommended for Florida

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 25, 2015 - 11:24am CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has recommended a 2.2% overall average decrease in Florida’s workers compensation rates, the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said.

Ebola training helps improve health care worker safety

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 25, 2015 - 10:16am CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Improved training on the handling of patients with infectious diseases may have contributed to a sharp decline in the rate of health care workers infected with Ebola.

Texas employer not liable after worker beat up supervisor

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 24, 2015 - 3:08pm CST

A Texas appeals court has ruled that a workers compensation nonsubscriber is not liable for negligence, despite failing to perform a criminal background check on a worker who assaulted another employee.

Law firm expands workers compensation practice in Florida

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published August 24, 2015 - 12:51pm CST

Eagleville, Pennsylvania-based The Chartwell Law Offices L.L.P. has expanded its workers’ compensation practice with three new offices in Florida and seven new attorneys.

Crawford chief to step down

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 24, 2015 - 10:04am CST

Jeffrey Bowman is stepping down after nearly eight years at the helm of Crawford & Co., the claims manager said Monday.

State warns on use of hydrofluoric acid in car washes

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 21, 2015 - 1:56pm CST

A chemical used to wash commercial vehicles can seriously endanger the people who work with it, according to new research by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

California workers comp premiums could see another reduction

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 21, 2015 - 10:47am CST

California regulators are proposing another reduction in average premiums for workers compensation coverage amid improving loss experience in the system.

Regulation seen as crucial to curbing opioid excesses in workers comp

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 20, 2015 - 11:16am CST

Prescription drug monitoring programs and “pill mill” laws can curb opioid prescribing and use, but observers say other regulatory tools such as closed formularies might control the opioid epidemic better as it relates to workers compensation.

Game of laser tag leads to workers comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 19, 2015 - 2:01pm CST

A North Carolina man who injured his knee playing laser tag during a mandatory company conference is entitled to workers comp benefits, a North Carolina appellate court has ruled.

California workers comp medical payments down

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published August 19, 2015 - 11:11am CST

Industrywide medical payments in California's workers compensation system declined by $100 million, or 3.7%, to $2.5 billion in 2014 from 2013, according to a report published by the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California.

College football players' union efforts likely sacked for good

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 19, 2015 - 9:52am CST

The National Labor Relations Board's decision to dismiss a petition by Northwestern University football players to unionize and sidestep the issue of whether they are employees thwarts the potential for similar action by other private school scholarship athletes, legal experts say.

3.4% comp rate hike recommended for Virginia

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 18, 2015 - 1:29pm CST

Despite recommending loss-cost reductions in most states, the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. is recommending a 3.4% increase in Virginia's workers compensation loss-cost rates.

Losing track of comp injuries hurts employers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 16, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Ongoing underreporting of occupational injuries opens employers to risks outside the workers compensation system in addition to obscuring the lessons that can be learned through it.

Complex return-to-work problems solved through integrated approach

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 16, 2015 - 6:00am CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Stay-at-work and return-to-work programs have historically been associated with workers compensation, but including employees with nonoccupational injuries can help companies better manage the costs of worker absence, experts say.

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