workers’ compensation News

New York Bus Firms Seek Damages Over Handling of Workers’ Comp Claim

New York Bus Operators Compensation Trust (NYBOCT), a Bay Shore, N.Y.-based group self-insured trust created by a number of New York passenger bus companies, has filed a complaint against Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. and Risk …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 5 Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended five more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 32. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following …

California Department of Workers’ Comp Dismissing 292K-Plus Unresolved Liens

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is dismissing more than 292,000 unresolved liens. The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required supplemental lien form and 4903.05(c) declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective Jan. 1, …

California Workers’ Comp Committee Votes for Higher Pure Premium Filing

The governing committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau today voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a Jan. 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner with rates that average $2.01 per $100 of …

Normandy Insurance Company Now Writing Workers’ Comp in Pennsylvania

Normandy Insurance Company, a Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based workers’ compensation carrier, is now offering coverage plans to small, mid-size and large businesses in Pennsylvania. This marks the third major expansion by the multi-state insurer in recent months, and its first venture …

Beacon Mutual’s New CEO Spero: ‘We’re Within an Hour of Every Policyholder’

The board of directors of Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, a Warwick, R.I.-based workers’ compensation carrier, has elected Brian Spero as president and CEO of the company, effective in July. Beacon’s board worked with a national consulting firm, The Hay Group, …

Workers’ Comp Lien Proceedings in California Scheduled for Drobots

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has scheduled lien consolidation proceedings in August for suspended providers Michael D. Drobot, Michael R. Drobot and Philip A. Sobol. Combined, the three have roughly 13,000 liens, which have been consolidated pursuant to the chief …

Drug Use Common Among West Texas Oil Field Workers

Eddy Lozoya never failed a drug test in the three years he hauled water and sand across the West Texas oil patch, even though he used at least $200 a day in cocaine to keep his eyes open on brutally …

Indiana RV Manufacturer Fined $10K after Worker’s Forklift Death

State regulators have fined a northern Indiana recreational vehicle manufacturer $10,000 for safety violations discovered following a worker’s April death. Fifty-four-year-old Ricky Schlabach died of blunt force injuries April 6 after he was struck by a forklift at the Winnebago …

Wisconsin’s United Heartland Names 3 Top Territory Agencies

New Berlin, Wis.-based workers’ compensation insurance company, United Heartland, has announced its top territory insurance agencies for 2016. United Heartland’s three 2016 Agency of the Territory winners: TIS Insurance Services Inc. – Knoxville, Tenn.; MJ Insurance Inc. – Indianapolis, Ind.; …