Workers Compensation News

California Chamber and 2 Workers’ Comp Groups File Brief in Utilization Review Case

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation have filed a joint amicus brief in Stevens v. WCAB, the long-running court case that challenged the constitutionality of the utilization review/independent medical …

Officials Say 7 Coal Miner Deaths This Year Raise Questions About Training

Seven U.S. coal miners died in accidents so far this year, most of them with less than a year of experience at that particular job and mine, according to federal officials. In all of last year, eight miners died. Tim …

WCRI Researchers Compare States on Injured Workers Returning to Work

From 10 to 18 percent of injured workers never reach “substantial return to work,” according to new research by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) comparing outcomes for injured workers in six states. In its study, Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, …

2 Common Workers’ Comp Mistakes

Thank you, Kevin Ring, for this guest post. Kevin is our guest instructor this week at Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance and is Lead Workers’ Compensation Analyst at the Institute for WorkComp Professionals.   Insurance agents have many opportunities to …

California Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2018 to Increase

California’s 2018 minimum and maximum temporary total disability rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2018, the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on Tuesday. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $175.88 to $182.29 and the maximum rate will increase …

Arrowhead in California Launches Hard-to-Place Workers’ Comp Subsidiary

Arrowhead General Insurance Agency Inc. in San Diego, Calif. has launched a workers’ compensation wholesale brokerage arm that provides market access and specializes in harder-to-place risks and multi-state accounts. The subsidiary is called Valiant Insurance Services LLC. Currently Valiant is …

Report: California Wage Increase Will Require Hike in 2018 Comp Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage rose more than 3.6 percent to $1,206.92 in the year ending March 31, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said will boost temporary total disability and permanent total disability rates for 2018 work injury claims …

Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits Fall Short for Injured Workers: WCRI

Adequacy of income benefits is one of the long-standing concerns about the performance of workers’ compensation systems. However, there is little known about whether income benefits (also called wage-loss or indemnity benefits) provide adequate financial support for injured workers. According …

Settlement Deal Between California Commissioner and Applied Underwriters

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the California Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries to stop what he calls “bait and switch marketing tactics” used to sell a workers’ compensation insurance products. …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends Psychiatrist for Fraud

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended Pasadena psychiatrist Jason Hui-Tek Yang from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system following his conviction in Riverside County Superior Court for his involvement in an insurance fraud conspiracy that referred patients for …