workers’ compensation News

Delaware Announces Workers’ Compensation Rate Decrease

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has announced that there will be a decrease in workers’ compensation insurance rates, effective December 1, 2017. “This insurance rate decrease has a direct impact on Delaware’s employers, enabling them to lower their costs and …

Windham Group Receives 1st Case in Mass. Alternate Opioid Treatment Pathway

Windham Group, a workers’ compensation case management company, has received the first case in Massachusetts’ Alternate Opioid Treatment Pathway (OATP) program. The state’s Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) recently launched a two-year pilot program that assigns a care coordinator to …

Safety a Priority for Oklahoma Wind Turbine Maintenance Workers

For Kalon Moore and Jackson Rollins, it’s a sight they never tire of. Just about every day on the job, the two look out at the Oklahoma landscape in every direction for miles, several hundred feet atop a wind turbine. …

Louisiana Oil Platform Explodes; Search Continues for Missing Worker

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard rescue crews and …

California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 3 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended three more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 49. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last …

Mississippi Woman Arrested in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

A Mississippi woman has been arrested in a workers’ compensation fraud case. Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday, in a news release, that 35-year-old Francine Owens is accused of giving misleading statements to Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, claiming …

In 1st Year, South Dakota OSHA Office Handles 105 Inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in South Dakota plans to add another inspector after its first year of operation because of the volume of inspections it’s handling. The five-person office conducted 105 inspections in the last fiscal year, …

Maine Employers Receive $21M Workers’ Compensation Refund

Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company has returned $21 million to Maine employers insured by the workers’ compensation provider. About 18,000 employers in the state will see insurance returns from the Portland-based insurer. MEMIC president Michael Bourque attributes the lower costs …

Louisiana Cities Experienced Economic Ups and Downs in 2016

Louisiana’s eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation’s fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking ones in 2016. Lake Charles’ economy grew 8.1 percent, the fastest in the nation according to numbers released in September by the …

NYWCA Launches Campaign to Stop Cuts to Injured Worker Benefits

The New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance (NYWCA) has launched a campaign to fight proposed Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) regulations and impairment guidelines that it says would drastically cut compensation awards for injured workers. In the New York State budget that …