Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:08:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Connecticut Approves NCCI’s Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Decrease Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/11/21/347788.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:58:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347788 The Connecticut Insurance Department recently approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) workers’ compensation filing for an overall -0.6 percent change for pure premium loss costs and an overall -0.5 percent change in assigned risk plan rates in Connecticut. …

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Chemical Leak at DuPont Plant in Texas Spurs Wrongful Death Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/20/347666.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:38:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347666 The widow of one of four workers killed in a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant leak has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million. The Houston Chronicle reported that the lawsuit was filed by Michelle Tisnado, who was …

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Texas Chemical Plant Workers Died from Accidental Asphyxiation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/19/347539.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:29:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347539 Four workers who died on Nov. 15 at a DuPont and Co. plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner’s office said, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. The workers were overcome …

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Michigan Court: Agents May Not Be ‘Professionals’ Under Malpractice Definition http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/19/347389.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:37:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347389 Is an insurance agent a “professional” when it comes to whether or not he or she may be charged with malpractice? Not necessarily, a Michigan state appeals court has said. The Michigan Court of Appeals made that determination in a …

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New Jersey Approves 2.9% Increase in Workers’ Comp Rates, Rating Values http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/11/18/347407.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:07:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347407 New Jersey’s Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau announced that the commissioner of banking and insurance has approved a 2.9 percent increase in rates and rating values applicable to New Jersey workers’ compensation and employers liability insurance effective Jan. 1, 2015 …

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Utah Workers’ Comp Fund Distributes Second Dividend in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/18/347352.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:29:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347352 Workers Compensation Fund in Utah has declared a second dividend in 2014. The $9 million dividend represents 5 percent of premium collected from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. With this second dividend, WCF will have paid 10 percent …

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Recreation Safety Group Dividends Texas Mutual Reach $1M-Plus http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/17/347253.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:28:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347253 Texas Mutual Insurance Co. recently paid a dividend of $163,691 to the Texas Recreation Safety Group, bringing the total dividend payout for this group to $1,160,945 since 2009. The dividends earned are based largely on the group members’ dedication to …

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Largest Dividend Paid by Montana Workers’ Comp Fund http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/17/347239.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:09:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347239 Many Montana businesses will share a $20 million windfall from the state workers’ compensation fund. The Montana State Fund’s board on Friday approved its largest dividend ever for most of its 27,000 business customers in the state. The dividend equates …

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California Commissioner Wants Lower Workers’ Comp Rate Than Board http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/14/347182.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:06:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347182 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Friday adopted an advisory average pure premium rate of $2.74 per $100 of employer payroll for workers’ compensation rates effective Jan. 1, 2015. The adopted amount is lower than that proposed by the Workers’ …

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Johnson Named Vice President of Claim Operations at Texas Mutual http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/13/346992.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:44:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346992 Workers’ compensation carrier, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., announced that Curtis Johnson Jr. has been appointed vice president of claim operations. In this role he oversees all claim operations, including special claim services, employers’ liability, subrogation, regional claim operations, medical bill …

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Ohio Home Healthcare Firm Owner Failed to Report Employees; Owes $124K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/12/346811.htm Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:38:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346811 An Ohio woman was sentenced Oct. 16 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $124,573.07 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after operating a home healthcare agency …

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‘Coffee Burns’ Lead to Fraud Charges Against California McDonald’s Customer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/11/346474.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:43:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346474 Selena Edwards, 38, of Victorville, Calif., was arrested and faces 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud associated with an alleged fraudulent claim against McDonald’s for second-degree burns to her hand from spilled coffee The charges also include …

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Group Aims to Create Alternatives to Workers’ Comp State-by-State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/11/10/346291.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:37:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346291 Formed in late 2013, the Austin, Texas-based Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation — or ARAWC — would like to see an expansion of alternatives to state workers’ compensation systems, such as the nonsubscriber system in Texas and the …

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WCRI: Hospital Costs for Injured Workers in N.C. Remained High in 2012 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/07/346260.htm Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:56:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346260 Hospital costs per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina remained higher than most states in 2012 in the wake of attempts to control their costs, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, “CompScope …

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‘Tis the Season for Workplace Safety http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/07/346253.htm Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:39:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346253 The holiday season can be one of the most prosperous times of year for many businesses. Increased activity in the workplace often means hiring temporary, seasonal employees. Continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to …

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Insurers: One-Third of Work Comp Claims in Midwest Were from Slips, Falls http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/06/346156.htm Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:47:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346156 Workers’ compensation carriers, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland, report that during last year’s difficult Midwest winter, slips and falls on ice and snow accounted for nearly one-third of all workers’ compensation claims that resulted in lost …

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Two Arkansas Firms Cited by OSHA; Fines Total More than $123K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/06/346148.htm Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:33:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346148 Two Arkansas-based companies have been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety violations. Combined penalties proposed by OSHA for the two firms total $123,100. Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd. …

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New Hampshire Approves NCCI’s Loss Cost Decrease Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/11/06/346103.htm Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:34:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346103 The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced Wednesday that it has approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) advisory loss cost and rating values filing to be effective Jan. 1, 2015. The approved voluntary loss cost change is a decrease …

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Commercial Rates Continue on Slow Slide; Personal Lines Rates Moderate: Survey http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/11/05/346029.htm Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:19:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346029 The composite rate for U.S. commercial insurance was plus 1 percent in October 2014 while the composite rate for U.S. personal lines was plus 3 percent for the month, according to MarketScout’s monthly analysis of market conditions. “As expected, the …

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Washington Bottle Maker Fined After Worker’s Hand Amputated http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/05/346009.htm Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:30:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346009 The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a plastic bottle manufacturer in Battle Ground $86,800 for safety violations after a worker’s hand was caught in machinery and had to be amputated. Andersen Plastics was cited for one willful …

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Workers’ Comp Medical Payment Costs Fall in Illinois: Study http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/03/345732.htm Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:19:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345732 Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the report, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th …

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George Named Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations Administrator http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/03/345721.htm Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:10:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345721 Steve George has been named administrator of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations. George was appointed to fill the vacancy in October after previous administrator Don Soderberg was named director of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. George has …

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Idahoans to See Slight Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/31/345647.htm Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:31:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345647 The Idaho Department of Insurance this week announced Idaho’s overall workers’ compensation premium rates will be reduced by an average of 0.2 percent for 2015. “This slight rate decrease is an indicator of the stability of workers’ compensation coverage in …

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Kansas Contractors Struggle to Find Skilled Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/24/344736.htm Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344736 A survey finds that many Kansas contractors are having trouble filling skilled jobs in the construction industry. Ninety percent of the 20 Kansas firms that responded to an Associated General Contractors survey said they’re having a hard time finding project …

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Workers’ Comp Study Looks at California’s Reforms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/23/344564.htm Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344564 When California Senate Bill 863 took effect Jan. 1, 2013, it created several fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system. The Workers Compensation Research Institute has released a study looking at the possible effect of these changes on …

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Connecticut Police Officer Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/10/20/344082.htm Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:58:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344082 A former New London, Connecticut, police officer fired over accusations he leaked an internal police document and later rehired has resigned following his arrest on charges he fraudulently collected workers’ compensation benefits. David McElroy was charged with workers’ compensation fraud. …

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Existing Protocols for Ebola Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/17/343989.htm Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343989 As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt …

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Nurses’ Group: Ebola Care Practices at Dallas Hospital Were Inconsistent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/16/343835.htm Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:18:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343835 A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released by the nation’s largest …

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Second Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola at Texas Hospital http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/15/343696.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:16:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343696 A second healthcare worker in Texas tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly viral illness, adding to concern that infection controls at U.S. hospitals aren’t strong enough. The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported …

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California’s Industrial Director Challenges Workers’ Comp Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/13/343391.htm Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:47:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343391 California’s Department of Industrial Relations Director it taking a bit of umbrage with a study released last week that showed the state was ranked as the costliest for workers’ compensation. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in 2012 …

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