workers’ compensation News

California School District Aide Busted for Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud

An employee of a Southern California school district has been arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly racking up $33,000 in treatments and disability payments. Juanita Denise Schmittle, 50, of Baldwin Park, Calif., was arrested by California Department …

IIABNY Lauds New York Senate Committee’s Approval of Workers’ Comp Bill

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York (IIABNY) applauded a New York Senate committee’s action to protect employers from surprise insurance premium increases in their workers’ compensation policies. The Senate Labor Committee approved IIABNY’s bill during its meeting …

New York Auditors Find $3.45M in Faulty Workers’ Comp Claims

New York auditors report preventing 206 incorrect claims for $1.85 million in workers’ compensation and medical benefits last year while identifying 417 duplicate claims for $1.6 million paid over the past two years. The Comptroller’s Office, which keeps three auditors …

California Workers’ Comp Reforms May Have Decreased Medical Payments

Elements of California’s workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012 may have contributed to the state’s 2013 and 2014 decreases in medical payments per workers’ comp claim, according to a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The study, CompScope …

Great American Insurance Acquires Service Lloyds Texas Nonsubscription Business

Great American Insurance Group and Service Lloyds Insurance Co. announced the acquisition of Service Lloyds’ Texas nonsubscription book of business by Great American. The acquisition was effective April 29, 2016. The subject business represents approximately $5 to $7 million in …

LCTA in Louisiana and Prime Occupational Medicine Form Partnership

Baton Rouge, La.-based LCTA Workers’ Comp and Prime Occupational Medicine announced a partnership the firms say will not only provide greater health care resources to the employees of LCTA policyholders, but will also help reduce workers’ compensation-related medical costs for …

Los Angeles Medical Worker Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Johana Magnolia Paredes, 45, of Bellflower, Calif. was arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud after allegedly misrepresenting her injuries to collect $39,953 in disability payments that she was not entitled …

Report: Asbestos Violations Not Routinely Fined in Michigan

Michigan’s state worker safety agency didn’t issue fines in the majority of asbestos abatement cases where it found serious violations during the past seven years, and not one company was fined the maximum $7,000, a newspaper reports. Fines weren’t issued …

Texas Mutual Awards $600K in College Education Grants

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has awarded a combined $600,000 in grants to College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Kilgore College, Midland College and Amarillo College. The grants …

CDI: Trucking Company Owners Cheated Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Millions

A pair of California trucking company owners were arrested for cheating their worker’s compensation insurer out of millions of dollars. Alvin Shin Chen, 54, and Fiona Xilin Chen, 46, both of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were arrested this week at …