Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:38:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Arizona Court Says No Blanket Right to Travel for Injured Worker Care http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/02/358989.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:42:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358989 A court ruling says Arizona workers being treated for on-the-job injuries aren’t entitled to travel expenses if they haven’t shown they cannot get necessary care locally. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week in the workers’ compensation case of a …

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Gaines Named Liberty Mutual National Medical Director, Commercial Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/26/358632.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358632 Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Dr. Will Gaines, MD, MPH, as national medical director of its Commercial Insurance strategic business unit. Gaines is responsible for managing the company’s team of regional medical directors, as well as the strategies and tools …

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1st Cayman Portfolio Insurance Company Formed by Ascension Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/02/25/358571.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:38:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358571 The first portfolio insurance company (PIC) has been formed in the Cayman Islands, as a direct result of new insurance regulations Cayman enacted in January to provide risk management alternatives for insurers incorporated as segregated portfolio companies (SPCs). AARIS Insurance …

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2014 Workers’ Compensation Rates Ranked by State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/23/358401.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:21:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358401 The median index rate for workers’ compensation insurance fell to an all-time low in 2014 to $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Index rates in 2014 varied from a low of $0.88 in North Dakota to a high of $3.48 in …

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N.H. Lawmakers Work to Tackle High Workers’ Comp Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/02/23/358382.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:50:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358382 If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if …

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Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/20/358235.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358235 The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part …

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Sagamore Insurance Expands Workers Compensation Program to 6 States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/17/357629.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:28:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357629 Sagamore Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Baldwin & Lyons Inc., is expanding its mono-line workers’ compensation program into six new states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas and Arkansas. The program, which offers coverage for a variety of class codes, has …

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Minnesota Suppliers Hit by Target Canada Bankruptcy Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357627.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:23:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357627 The end of Target’s Canadian operations is having a financial impact on businesses in Minnesota that supplied the retailer. Target’s Canadian division filed for bankruptcy protection last month and owes nearly $5 million to Minnesota suppliers and service providers, including …

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South Dakota Workplace Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357622.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357622 The mood in the community of Lennox, S.D., is somber and likely will remain that way for a while, as residents prepare for the funeral of a man killed in a workplace shooting. The funeral for Jon Richter, 45, is …

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North Dakota Officials Stress Job Resiliency in Oil Industry http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357617.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:14:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357617 A recent slide in oil prices is leading to fewer jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch, but officials there and in northwestern South Dakota say the regional industry is resilient and will ride out the slump. Openings posted …

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Nevada Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs See Slight Decrease in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/12/357360.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:36:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357360 Many Nevada employers will see a slight decrease in the premiums they pay for workers’ compensation insurance this year. Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper approved a filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance for an average decrease of 0.5 …

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West Virginia House Clears Reform Bill for Deliberate Intent Lawsuit Protections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/02/12/357271.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:28:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357271 The GOP-led West Virginia House of Delegates voted 59-38 Tuesday to scale back deliberate intent lawsuit protections. When there’s a known unsafe working condition that hurts or kills someone, the lawsuits are available, in addition to making workers’ compensation claims. …

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Farmers Settles Suit with Radiological Firms Over Alleged Billing Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/11/357235.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:07:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357235 Los Angeles, Calif.-based Farmers Insurance Exchange has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving alleged billing fraud by two radiological companies and their owners. The complaint alleges that two radiological corporations and their owners submitted false and misleading documentation to receive …

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Poll Says Small Businesses Foster Sedentary Work Environment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/10/356989.htm Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356989 Workplace wellness doesn’t seem to be all that high on the list for small businesses, where getting employees active and moving seems to be taking a back seat to other priorities. A poll designed to find out how much small …

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Feds: Ohio Workplace Fatalities on the Rise http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/09/356933.htm Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:18:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356933 Workplace fatalities have been rising in Ohio, and federal officials cite lack of attention to safe work practices and training and the existence of younger and newer manufacturing and construction workforces. There had been an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents …

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Insurer: Oklahoma Jazz Museum’s Workers’ Comp Debt Is Paid http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/09/356929.htm Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:13:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356929 A major insurer who had the financially shaky Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on the hook for around $11,200 a couple weeks ago after the museum failed to pay its workers’ compensation premium on time now says the debt’s been …

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Main Street America Expands Workers’ Compensation Program in Georgia, North Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/02/06/356816.htm Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:44:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356816 The Main Street America Group  has introduced an expanded workers’ compensation program through its independent insurance agents in Georgia and North Carolina. According to Dan Gaynor, vice president and head of commercial lines, the expanded coverage options and pricing levels …

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Cotnoir Named VP, Large Casualty at Safety National http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/04/356422.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:47:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356422 Steve Cotnoir has been appointed vice president – large casualty at St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. In his new role, Cotnoir will be responsible for leading large casualty field underwriting operations for several strategic regional office territories, including …

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California State Fund Files April 1 Rating Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/03/356293.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 23:28:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356293 California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has filed for a 9 percent increase in collectible premium that will apply to new and renewal workers’ compensation policies effective on or after April 1. Although the rate plan is designed to generate an …

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New Mexico Bill Would Reduce Benefits If Workers Are High http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/03/356240.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:48:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356240 A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce workers’ compensation in cases when an employee’s death or injury results from being drunk or high on the job. Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan said being under the influence …

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California Judge Questions Lyft’s Refusal to Pay Drivers as Employees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/30/355997.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355997 Lyft Inc.’s practice of treating drivers as independent contractors was questioned by a federal judge who said that under California law they may be considered employees who would qualify for minimum wage and other benefits. A lawsuit by Lyft drivers …

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Delaware OKs Decreases in WC Voluntary Loss Cost, Residual Market Rate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/01/28/355736.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355736 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart today announced the approval of the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau’s (DCRB) workers’ compensation amended rate filing, resulting in overall average decreases of 9.7 percent in the residual market rate and 11.5 percent in the …

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Kansas Businesses Support State Takeover of OSHA Enforcement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/27/355571.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:37:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355571 A proposal that the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules from the federal government seems unlikely to pass this year but still has some support in the Kansas House. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from …

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Workers’ Comp Upheld for Maine Man Who Died on Treadmill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/01/26/355381.htm Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:35:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355381 Maine’s highest court on Jan. 22 upheld workers’ compensation benefits for the widow of a Salvation Army portfolio manager who died from a heart attack on a treadmill while monitoring the financial markets on TV and internal email on his …

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Maine Expresses Opposition to OSHA’s SHARP Program Changes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/01/23/354996.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:55:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354996 Maine’s Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said in a statement Wednesday that the state’s Department of Labor is opposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changes to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award (SHARP). The SHARP …

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Did New Mexico Court Open ‘Pandora’s Bong’ With Nod to Pot for Worker? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/22/354981.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:56:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354981 A can of worms has been opened, the horse is out of the barn and the industry is gazing into Pandora’s Box. There is no shortage of idioms for workers’ compensation experts who are concerned over a decision last week …

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SASSI Introduces Workers’ Comp Coverage for Beauty Shops http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/01/21/354746.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:53:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354746 The Salon and Spa Specialty Insurance agency (SASSI), is now offering workers’ compensation insurance coverage for salons, day spas, electrologists, beauty schools and barber shops. Available through RTW, Inc., the CompConnect program is available in most states. To meet the …

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Work Comp Death Benefits Awarded to Husband of Oklahoma Beheading Victim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/20/354548.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:58:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354548 The husband of a woman who was beheaded last year at an Oklahoma food-processing plant has been awarded $100,000 in death benefits plus $418 a week for the rest of his life. The Oklahoman newspaper reports the benefits were approved …

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WCIRB: Continued Increase in California Claim Frequency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/20/354450.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354450 Workers’ compensation indemnity claim frequency in California has continued to rise unlike in most other states, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently issued an update to its Analysis of Changes in Indemnity Claim Frequency report, which …

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Aon Sees Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Claims Dropping http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/01/19/354377.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:41:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354377 Workers’ compensation costs and claims frequency in the healthcare sector are going down, according to a report that studied 1,1150 facilities in 11 states. Aon Risk Solutions’ Health Care Workers’ Compensation Barometer report projects that workers’ compensation loss rates and …

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