Workers Compensation News

Washington RV Salesman Charged on $81K Workers’ Comp Scam

A Tacoma, Wash.-area man faces a felony theft charge after he was caught working while receiving more than $81,000 in workers’ compensation disability payments. Bobby R. Johnson, 47, was charged with first-degree theft. The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed the …

California Saw $600M in Workers’ Comp Liens Filed by Convicted Providers

The California Department of Industrial Relations announced that $600 million in liens were filed against injured employees’ claims for workers’ compensation benefits by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015. California’s workers’ comp law allows certain claims for …

North Dakota Appeals Court: Judge Was Right to Toss Oilfield Death Lawsuit

An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a South Dakota man who was killed in an accident in the North Dakota oil patch five years ago. Fifty-two-year-old …

Connecticut High Court Blocks Injury Suit Against Contractor

Two workers injured in a power plant explosion that killed six other people in 2010 cannot sue a contractor for negligence, the state Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled. Justices issued a 6-1 decision saying O&G Industries of Torrington is immune …

Brokers Assess Current Construction Insurance Market: Thumbs Up

Amid ups and downs, the construction market has nevertheless enjoyed steady growth over the past four years. Now construction insurance specialists believe the market is really heating up. The competition has carriers maintaining a market favorable to buyers, especially those …

Meeting of 2 Minds on Worker Safety as Path to Profit

Adam Friedlander is a third generation insurance professional who has made his mark in safety, workplace safety that is. His New York agency, Friedlander Group, has for years developed and managed employer safety groups that have helped businesses improve workplace …

New York Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs Going Up 9.3%

New York has approved a 9.3 percent average hike in workers’ compensation loss costs. The new benchmarks will go into effect Oct. 1. New York businesses, while not pleased, see the hike as necessary in order to keep the insurance …

Judge Tells Washington Woman to Repay $25K in Workers’ Comp Scam

A Washington woman injured in a robbery at her workplace pleaded guilty this week to felony theft. Yurizan Cuevas, 33, of Federal Way, reportedly worked full time as a nanny while claiming she was too disabled to work Cuevas was …

WorkCompCentral Founder DePaolo Remembered as ‘Innovative Thinker’

The founder of WorkCompCentral died on Sunday in a motorcycle crash, according to employees reporting on the website. David DePaolo, 56, was reportedly in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Hills, Calif. in the afternoon when he hit an embankment, …

Workers’ Comp Line Achieves ‘Significant’ Profit in 2015: Fitch

The U.S. workers’ compensation insurance market achieved a “significant” underwriting profit in 2015, but trends call into question whether such a result can be repeated, Fitch Ratings concluded in a new report. For 2015, the workers’ compensation combined ratio came …