workers’ compensation claims News

Missouri Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to raise the standard for employees to sue for discrimination over workers’ compensation claims. Senators voted 23-10 on May 8 to send the legislation to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who has said he wants …

Massachusetts Court Affirms How to Calculate Interest in Workers’ Comp Suit

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has affirmed the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) reviewing board’s decision in a case involving how interest should be assessed on unpaid workers’ compensation claims. The DIA is responsible for overseeing the workers’ compensation system in …

Study Shows Growth in Virginia’s Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim

Virginia’s medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time increased 26 percent for claims that occurred between 2009 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This growth …

Court Rules in Favor of Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund in Workers’ Comp Suit

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in Boston, Mass., has ruled that the Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund is authorized to recover certain amounts paid by the fund in workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of Berkshire Bank. The lawsuit, Massachusetts Insurers …

Connecticut Insurance Department Approves NCCI Workers’ Comp Rate Filing

Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine L. Wade announced that the department has approved a rate filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) that decreases workers’ compensation insurance rates nearly 11 percent. “This marks the third straight year that …

Industry Needs to Address Gaps in Workers’ Compensation, AMCOMP Panelists Say

At the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals (AMCOMP) Fall Meeting held recently in New York, Mark Walls, vice president of communications and strategic analysis at Safety National, and Kimberly George, senior vice president at Sedgwick, discussed a lack of …

MEMIC Names XL Catlin’s Gonnella VP of Claims for Atlantic, Northeast

Workers’ compensation insurer The MEMIC Group has appointed Gus Gonnella to the position of vice president of Claims for the Atlantic and Northeast regions. In his more than 23 years of experience in the insurance claims industry, Gonnella has been …

North Carolina Assembly Confirms Governor’s Picks for Industrial Commission

The General Assembly has confirmed Pat McCrory’s two appointments to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, including a former Cabinet secretary. The Senate gave unanimous approval June 16 to Bill Daughtridge and Linda Cheatham. The House previously backed their appointments to …

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 …

Amerisure Promotes Vaughn to AVP, Workers’ Comp Claims

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., has promoted Kimberly Vaughn to assistant vice president, workers’ compensation (WC) claims. In her new role, Vaughn oversees the day-to-day operations of the WC claims department. Vaughn began her career with …