workers’ compensation News

Midwest Employers Casualty Adds Anderson as Director, Group Captives

St. Louis-based Midwest Employers Casualty Co. (MECC), a W. R. Berkley Co., announced that David R. Anderson has joined MECC as underwriting director of the recently formed workers’ compensation captive practice. Previously, Anderson held underwriting management positions with several large …

Small Number Causing California Workers’ Comp Review Excess

A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of workers’ compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process was …

New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. The decision in …

New York Approves Average 5.9% Increase in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has approved an average 5.9 percent increase in workers’ compensation loss costs for new and renewal business to become effective on Oct. 1, 2015. The approval was announced by the New …

Connecticut Workers’ Comp Commission Unveils New Mediation Program

The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) on July 1 launched a new program providing mediation opportunities for possible settlement of contested cases. Under the program, parties in a litigated matter may request the services of a commissioner to help mediate …

New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. The Santa Fe …

Small Number Causing California Worker’s Comp Review Excess

A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of worker’s compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process was …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Losses and Expenses for 2014 Rise, Ratios Fall

Insurer losses and expenses rose in 2014 from the year before but ratios fell, a California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau report on workers’ comp losses and expenses for 2014 shows. The report issued Tuesday shows total insurer losses incurred …

New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In a ruling issued this week, the court declared unconstitutional a provision in state law that had excluded those workers …

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds California’s Workers’ Comp Liens

The U.S. Ninth Circuit court on Monday upheld California’s fee requirement on workers’ compensation liens. The lien fees were a key part of Senate Bill 863, the workers’ comp reform bill passed in 2012. These liens are filed by medical …