Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:58:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Midwest Employers Casualty Adds Anderson as Director, Group Captives http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375934.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:54:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375934 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 …

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Small Number Causing California Workers’ Comp Review Excess http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2015/07/20/375066.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375066 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 …

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New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2015/07/20/375061.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375061 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 …

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New York Approves Average 5.9% Increase in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/07/16/375475.htm Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:36:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375475 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 …

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Connecticut Workers’ Comp Commission Unveils New Mediation Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/07/13/374828.htm Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:29:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374828 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 …

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New Mexico Court Favors Worker in Medical Marijuana Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/13/374813.htm Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:21:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374813 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 …

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Small Number Causing California Worker’s Comp Review Excess http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/08/374495.htm Wed, 08 Jul 2015 23:22:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374495 A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of worker’s compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process was …

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Report: California Workers’ Comp Losses and Expenses for 2014 Rise, Ratios Fall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/01/373673.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:31:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373673 Insurer losses and expenses rose in 2014 from the year before but ratios fell, a California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau report on workers’ comp losses and expenses for 2014 shows. The report issued Tuesday shows total insurer losses incurred …

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New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/30/373496.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:24:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373496 The New Mexico Court of Appeals has cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In a ruling issued this week, the court declared unconstitutional a provision in state law that had excluded those workers …

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Ninth Circuit Court Upholds California’s Workers’ Comp Liens http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/30/373481.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:10:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373481 The U.S. Ninth Circuit court on Monday upheld California’s fee requirement on workers’ compensation liens. The lien fees were a key part of Senate Bill 863, the workers’ comp reform bill passed in 2012. These liens are filed by medical …

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Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Leaves 4 Hurt in Texas Town http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/06/29/373359.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:47:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373359 A natural gas pipeline explosion and fire in a Texas Panhandle town has left four workers injured, including two in critical condition. The Carson County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at night on June 25 in White Deer, about …

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Owner of Mass. Asbestos Abatement Firm Indicted for Work Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/22/372558.htm Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:57:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372558 A Massachusetts man who owns an asbestos abatement company has been indicted for allegedly failing to accurately report the nature of his company’s work to avoid paying thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on …

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Workers Can Be Fired For Off-Duty Marijuana Use, Colorado Court Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/16/371950.htm Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371950 Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The …

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ICW Group Appoints Douglas to Lead Texas Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/06/12/371647.htm Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:25:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371647 San Diego, Calif.-based ICW Group Insurance Cos. has named Gina Douglas branch manager in Texas. Based in Austin, she will oversee business development, agent outreach and workers’ compensation underwriting in the state. ICW Group began actively writing workers’ compensation business …

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Agents Need to Know: Texas Workers’ Comp E-Mods Changing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/06/11/371458.htm Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:23:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371458 The number 1.00 means different things to different people. In baseball, 1.00 represents a perfect batting average. But in college, a 1.00 grade point average is about as bad as it gets. In workers’ compensation, a 1.00 experience modifier, or …

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South Carolina Jumps Aboard Workers’ Comp Alternative Bandwagon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/10/371088.htm Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:44:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371088 A South Carolina lawmaker has introduced workers’ compensation option legislation that would allow qualified businesses in the state to offer their own injury benefit plan to employees. The state is the second one this year, after Tennessee, to introduce workers’ …

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South Dakota Prankster Entitled to Workers’ Comp: Court http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/09/370991.htm Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:24:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370991 The South Dakota Supreme Court says a man who broke his ankle running away from a co-worker on whom he had played a prank at a construction site is entitled to workers’ compensation. In Jason Petrik v. JJ Concrete, Inc. …

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Utah Man on Hook for $97K for Montana Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/29/369929.htm Fri, 29 May 2015 15:41:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369929 A man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison in 2000 has acknowledged defrauding the state workers’ compensation fund by collecting disability benefits while running a construction company in Utah. Benjie Leroy Christensen, of Roosevelt, …

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Maine’s Highest Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Fraud Conviction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/05/22/369016.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:47:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369016 Maine’s highest court is upholding the conviction of a northern Maine man convicted of collecting more than $50,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while operating an engine repair business. An Aroostook County jury convicted 63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. of theft in …

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Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368381.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:50:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368381 A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

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How On-Demand Economy Is Changing Workers’ Compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/15/368317.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 14:07:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368317 The workers’ compensation industry must contend with a fast-growing on-demand economy where jobs are filled via apps and more employees are temporary contractors. “Technology is changing how we think about jobs,” Dr. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute …

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Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/13/368082.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368082 Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $2,159,751 to the Texas Construction Association safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore keeping …

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Wisconsin Dairy Co-Op Cited in Grain Bin Death, Fined $193K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/13/368078.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:00:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368078 A federal worker safety agency is proposing a $193,000 fine against a Wisconsin dairy co-op after a man died in a grain bin in November. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 11 announced it was citing Burnett Dairy …

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California Commissioner OKs 10.2% Drop in Workers’ Comp Advisory Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/08/367414.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 16:04:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367414 Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones signed on to a recommendation by the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of an advisory pure premium rate for July that is 10.2 percent lower than those approved on Jan. 1. Jones issued his decision …

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Indiana Governor Signs Bill Repealing Construction Minimum Wage Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/08/367389.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 15:47:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367389 Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The bill will eliminate the boards that set what is known as the common construction wage that …

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Conn.’s Work Comp Second Injury Fund Assessment Rate Remains Unchanged http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/05/07/367226.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 16:58:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367226 Connecticut’s Office of the Treasurer announced that the assessment rate for the state’s Second Injury Fund will continue to remain unchanged for fiscal year 2016 which begins on July 1, 2015. The assessment rate for insurance companies is 2.75 percent …

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California Officer in Ice Bucket Video Faces Insurance Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/06/367085.htm Wed, 06 May 2015 15:52:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367085 A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police …

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Worker Killed in Incident at Fiat Chrysler Detroit Factory http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/05/366892.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 16:17:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366892 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly factory in Detroit was killed Tuesday morning while working at the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. “The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Jodi …

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OSHA Rule Protects Construction Workers in Confined Spaces http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/05/366867.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 13:28:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366867 The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers already have. …

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Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/04/366777.htm Mon, 04 May 2015 18:03:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366777 Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

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