workers’ compensation News

Louisiana-Based Workers’ Comp Insurer Expands Into Texas

LUBA Workers’ Comp, based in Baton Rouge, La., is now offering workers’ compensation insurance coverage to businesses in Texas. LUBA Workers’ Comp covers businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi through select, independent insurance agencies. Similar to how the company was …

Arizona Court Says No Coverage for Worker Hurt in Wreck after Business Errand

An Arizona court ruling says an employee hurt in an auto accident isn’t entitled to workers’ compensation for her injuries though she had just made a business errand to finish her work day. The employee deviated from her normal commute …

Oregon Workplace Deaths Down in Second Quarter of 2015, Report Shows

Workplace deaths in Oregon for the second quarter of 2015 were down markedly from the previous quarter, possibly resuming a long-turn trend of deaths on average falling steadily since the 1980s, according to the the state bureau that tracks the …

Texas Company Fined $424K for Trench Collapse

One minute he was working in the 8-foot trench below ground. The next, he was being buried in it. His co-workers came to his rescue, digging him out with their bare hands. Moments after they pulled the injured man to …

Midwest Employers Casualty Adds Anderson as Director, Group Captives

St. Louis-based Midwest Employers Casualty Co. (MECC), a W. R. Berkley Co., announced that David R. Anderson has joined MECC as underwriting director of the recently formed workers’ compensation captive practice. Previously, Anderson held underwriting management positions with several large …

Small Number Causing California Workers’ Comp Review Excess

A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of workers’ compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process was …

New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. The decision in …

New York Approves Average 5.9% Increase in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has approved an average 5.9 percent increase in workers’ compensation loss costs for new and renewal business to become effective on Oct. 1, 2015. The approval was announced by the New …

Connecticut Workers’ Comp Commission Unveils New Mediation Program

The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) on July 1 launched a new program providing mediation opportunities for possible settlement of contested cases. Under the program, parties in a litigated matter may request the services of a commissioner to help mediate …

New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. The Santa Fe …