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St. Louis Propane Truck Explosion Injures 6 Workers

A worker at a St. Louis truck terminal was in critical condition on Aug. 8 after a propane tank explosion that injured him and five co-workers. The explosion happened the previous night at a trucking terminal near downtown operated by …

Delays in Thousands of Oklahoma Worker Comp Cases From Court Move

Hearings for thousands of injured workers will be delayed this month while the state’s workers compensation system is split into two agencies – each with its own staff, offices and equipment. Scheduled hearings in the system’s Tulsa and Oklahoma City …

California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms

A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services …

Costs per Claim of Medical Care for Injured Workers in Indiana High, Rising

The costs per claim of medical care to treat injured workers in Indiana were higher than most states and growing rapidly, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, Benchmarks for Indiana, CompScope 14th …

Lien Fees Working Out in California Workers’ Comp

Jason Molnar makes a living deep in the trenches of workers’ compensation battles in California, so you’d think when there was a no show from an opponent at an official lien hearing that he’d be relieved by what should have …

4 Workers Hurt in Texas A&M Construction Accident

Four workers were hurt, three critically, after a barn frame collapsed on June 22 at an $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex that’s under construction. The collapse happened on university property about a mile from the main campus, Texas …

New York, Pennsylvania Rank High for Opioids Among Injured Workers

Editor’s Note: This is part of a team report on opioid use by injured workers. For the national story read: Opioid Epidemic Plagues Workers’ Comp The epidemic of opioid abuse and its impact on workers’ compensation in the Northeast is particularly …

Injured Workers Opioid Use on Rise in California, Washington

Editor’s Note: This is part of a team report on opioid use by injured workers. For the national story read: Opioid Epidemic Plagues Workers’ Comp Washington and California are among states in the U.S. Western Region that have publicly struggled with …

Jail For Washington Man Faking Work Injuries For Drugs

A Washington man thought he found the perfect way to get prescription narcotics – go to a hospital claiming to be in pain due to a work related injury. But, an investigation by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries uncovered …

Missouri House OKs Bill Focused on Injured Worker Fund

Missouri House members advanced legislation that seeks to replenish an insolvent fund for disabled workers while also preventing people who experience job-related illnesses from filing civil lawsuits. Both elements are designed to address consequences from a 2005 overhaul to Missouri’s …