Workers Compensation News

NBIS Adds Workers’ Comp Coverage for Heavy Construction Industries

NationsBuilders Insurance Services, Inc. (NBIS), a provider of specialty construction insurance and a portfolio company of SunTx Capital Partners, has added workers’ compensation coverage from an A+ A.M. Best rated carrier for heavy construction industries. Workers’ compensation coverage is offered …

Texas Workers’ Comp Claims See Slow Growth: WCRI

Workers’ compensation claims in Texas grew more slowly than in most of the other states, according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute report out Thursday that studied 17 states. The total average cost per claim for injured workers in Texas …

California Court Says Staffing Agencies Can’t Self-Insure Workers’ Comp

A California Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s decision to exclude temporary staffing agencies from self-insuring for workers’ compensation, a ruling that upholds one of the provisions in the state’s sweeping workers’ comp reform law passed in 2012. The …

Utah Workers’ Comp Fund Announces 6% Dividend

Utah’s Workers Compensation Fund has declared a $12 million dividend that will be distributed to a majority of policyholders this month. Policyholders can expect to receive a dividend equal to 6 percent of their 2014 premium. More than 19,000 businesses …

Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year

Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

Washington Contractor Hit for $1M in Workers’ Comp Premiums and Penalties

A former drywall contractor in Walla Walla, Wash. must pay more than $1 million in delinquent workers’ compensation premiums and penalties. The Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals recently held Shawn A. Campbell and his spouse personally liable for …

Montana Supreme Court Upholds $4M Work Injury Verdict

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a default judgment that led to a nearly $4 million award for a man who was seriously injured while unloading logs at a Frenchtown pulp mill in 2008. As part of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.’s …

Arizona Court Says No Blanket Right to Travel for Injured Worker Care

A court ruling says Arizona workers being treated for on-the-job injuries aren’t entitled to travel expenses if they haven’t shown they cannot get necessary care locally. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week in the workers’ compensation case of a …

New Mexico Bill Would Reduce Benefits If Workers Are High

A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce workers’ compensation in cases when an employee’s death or injury results from being drunk or high on the job. Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan said being under the influence …