Workers Compensation News

Washington Doctor Charged with Stealing $359K In Disability, Unemployment Funds

A Washington physician faces charges in connection with insurance fraud following an investigation by the Washington Department of Insurance. Dr. Jian Xu, 59, faces felony charges in King County Superior Court of first-degree theft, filing a false insurance claim and forgery. …

California State Fund Files for Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is seeking to cut its workers’ compensation rates, per a recent filing with the California Department of Insurance. The rate filing also includes an overall 9.5 percent rate reduction due to improvements in State Fund’s …

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Advisory Rate

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.30 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance. The change is effective July. This is a 10.5 percent reduction compared with …

California School District Aide Busted for Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud

An employee of a Southern California school district has been arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly racking up $33,000 in treatments and disability payments. Juanita Denise Schmittle, 50, of Baldwin Park, Calif., was arrested by California Department …

California Workers’ Comp Reforms May Have Decreased Medical Payments

Elements of California’s workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012 may have contributed to the state’s 2013 and 2014 decreases in medical payments per workers’ comp claim, according to a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The study, CompScope …

Top 5 Workers Compensation Claims and Their Causes

Strains and sprains are the most common worker injury while worker injuries are most frequently the result of materials handling incidents, according to a review of more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims by The Travelers Companies. The country’s largest …

Workers’ Compensation Market Improved, Grew Premium in 2015: NCCI

The workers’ compensation market is healthy and profitable. This year’s “State of the Line” report, published by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI), indicates that the workers’ compensation calendar year 2015 combined ratio for private carriers was 94 percent. …

LCTA in Louisiana and Prime Occupational Medicine Form Partnership

Baton Rouge, La.-based LCTA Workers’ Comp and Prime Occupational Medicine announced a partnership the firms say will not only provide greater health care resources to the employees of LCTA policyholders, but will also help reduce workers’ compensation-related medical costs for …

CDI: Trucking Company Owners Cheated Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Millions

A pair of California trucking company owners were arrested for cheating their worker’s compensation insurer out of millions of dollars. Alvin Shin Chen, 54, and Fiona Xilin Chen, 46, both of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were arrested this week at …

Fatal Occupational Injuries Fell in California in 2014, Latest Report Shows

The number of Californians who died on the job fell in 2014, according to the latest data available from the California Department of Industrial Relations. The DIR compiled the data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and reported it …