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Fired worker only needs to prove comp claim as 'contributing factor': Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 16, 2014 - 2:05pm CST

A lawsuit alleging that an injured worker was fired in retaliation for his workers compensation claim only needed to prove that his claim was a “contributing factor” and not an “exclusive cause” of his discharge, a split Missouri Supreme Court ruled.

Employee shot for reporting robbery wins comp for mental, physical injuries

By: Sheena M. Harrison

Published April 14, 2014 - 3:18pm CST

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a store manager who was shot in retaliation for reporting a robbery should receive workers compensation benefits for psychological and physical injuries he suffered.

Release of painkiller Zohydro ER adds to opioid concerns

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 13, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A powerful opioid painkiller recently released to the market is raising concerns among workers compensation experts as the insurance industry continues to struggle with opioid addiction and abuse among injured workers.

Drugmaker Zogenix sues Massachusetts over Zohydro ER sales ban

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 13, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The manufacturer of Zohydro ER has sued Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for imposing a ban on prescriptions and sales of the drug in the state.

FDA approves opioid overdose treatment Evzio

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 13, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The recently approved Evzio is a prescription treatment that patients' family members or caregivers can use to treat opioid overdoses.

Spike in use of compounded medications leads workers comp cost increases

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 10, 2014 - 1:34pm CST

The utilization and cost of compounded medications in workers compensation claims spiked last year, while the costs of antidepressants and non-narcotic painkillers also continued to rise, according to a new report.

Northwestern appeals NLRB ruling classifying football players as employees

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 09, 2014 - 3:05pm CST

Northwestern University on Wednesday filed an appeal asking the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington to overturn a ruling that classified the school's scholarship football players as university employees.

Property/casualty insurance rates to decline, but some lines uncertain: Willis

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published April 09, 2014 - 1:45pm CST

Commercial property/casualty insurance buyers should see modest improvements in market conditions over the remainder of 2014, though external factors are causing instability in some coverage lines, according to a new report from Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.

Injured claims adjuster found drunk on beach denied workers comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 09, 2014 - 12:44pm CST

A claims adjuster cannot receive workers compensation benefits for a head injury he mysteriously suffered while on a Texas beach because he was intoxicated at the time of his accident, a Washington state appeals court has ruled.

Jailed man accused of intentionally injuring himself wins comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 07, 2014 - 2:17pm CST

A Mississippi man serving a prison sentence for manslaughter should receive workers compensation benefits after he was shocked by a power line at his former job, even though the employer argued that he intentionally hurt himself.

Broadspire offers client advocates to help with return-to-work issues

By: Kate Shepherd

Published April 07, 2014 - 10:05am CST

Broadspire Services Inc. has launched a new client advocate model that helps the process of employees returning to work after an injury and gives employers the tools to manage overall disability and absence costs, the Atlanta-based third-party administrator said Friday.

Commercial insurance rates rise 3% in March: MarketScout

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published April 04, 2014 - 2:41pm CST

U.S. commercial property/casualty insurance rates rose an average of 3% in March over those of the prior-year period, MarketScout reported Friday.

No comp benefits for worker hit near employer-paid parking: N.J. High Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 03, 2014 - 12:28pm CST

A worker who was hit by a vehicle while walking into her office from an employer-paid parking lot cannot receive workers compensation for her injuries, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Dead man deserved workers comp for loss of limb use: Appeals court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 02, 2014 - 3:08pm CST

A worker who fell into a coma just before his death from work-related cancer should have been awarded workers compensation benefits for the loss of use in his arms and legs, an Ohio appeals court ruled.

OFF BEAT: Insurance broker humors Tina Fey, admits workers comp foul-up

Published April 01, 2014 - 11:35am CST

Comedian Tina Fey faced a $79,000 workers compensation judgment last month for allegedly failing to insure her employees, though her insurance brokerage reportedly owned up to the mix-up.

NLRB ruling on Northwestern football players creates benefits challenges

By: Joanne Wojcik And Matt Dunning

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

An NLRB decision that Northwestern University scholarship football players are employees of the university presents a series of risk management and employee benefits hurdles for colleges providing grant-in-aid scholarships to student-athletes.

TRIA's uncertain future sparks workers comp coverage denial and price hikes

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The potential end of the federal terrorism insurance backstop is having a significant ripple effect on workers compensation coverage, with some employers being denied renewal of their coverage or facing hefty price hikes.

TRIA's impending expiration prompts comp insurers to ask about specific risks

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

As insurers weigh how much terrorism-related workers compensation exposure they're willing to take on, experts say underwriters are requesting highly specific information from employers.

Predictive models should be used to identify effective intervention strategies

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

While third-party administrators tout predictive models' ability to reduce workers comp costs, experts say employers should weigh whether such models can go beyond predicting claim outcomes and identify effective intervention strategies.

Predictive models that can make cost-saving recommendations are future goal

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Third-party administrators are still in the process of developing predictive model technology that takes claim information and makes cost-saving recommendations.

Employers can reduce workers comp costs with dual approach to claims reviews

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers that are looking to reduce their workers compensation medical costs can combine claim utilization and bill reviews, but the ability to do so often depends on automated processes.

Comp exclusivity applies in case of injured subcontractor: Pa. high court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 28, 2014 - 3:40pm CST

Workers compensation exclusive remedy provisions apply for a general contractor who hired a subcontractor who was injured on a construction project, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in a ruling that reversed a $1.5 million liability judgment for an injured worker.

NLRB allows Northwestern University football players to hold union vote

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 26, 2014 - 3:24pm CST

In a case with widespread implications, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and should be allowed to decide whether they want to unionize.

Nonhospital fee hikes helped drive up Texas comp payments 8% in 2011

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 26, 2014 - 12:23pm CST

Texas workers compensation medical payments rose 8% year over year in 2011, driven partly by care provided to injured workers outside of hospitals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute says in a new report.

Massachusetts says no to proposed 7.7% workers comp rate hike

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 25, 2014 - 4:30pm CST

Massachusetts state agencies have reached an agreement with the state's Workers Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau to prevent a 7.7% increase in average workers comp rates, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance said.

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