workers’ compensation News

Worked to Death? Employees with Little Control Over Their Work Die Younger

Previous academic research has found that having greater control over their job can help people manage work-related stress. But it’s never suggested that it was a matter of life and death — until now. New research from the Indiana University …

Nevada Expected to See Jobs, Population Growth

Jobs are growing in Nevada, and more people are coming to fill them, according to the state demographer. State demographer Jeff Hardcastle said Nevada’s recovery was slow compared with the rest of the country, The Nevada Appeal reported. “Nevada has …

New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion

Four workers injured in a deadly 2013 petrochemical plant explosion in south Louisiana have been awarded a total of $16 million by a jury. This week’s verdict follows a separate late September trial in which four other workers were awarded …

Pinnacol in Colorado to Drop Workers’ Comp Rates in 2017

Pinnacol Assurance’s board of directors has approved a 2017 decrease in workers’ compensation rates that will average 3.2 percent for the insurer’s Colorado policyholders. The decrease surpasses the Colorado Division of Insurance’s recommendation of a 2.4 percent change, and will …

Safety Violations at Ohio Glass Facility Rack Up $227K in Fines

Workers began making multiple complaints of unsafe working conditions at the Fuyao Glass America Inc. facility in Moraine, Ohio, not long after it opened in October 2015, leading to eight separate federal inspections and $226,937 in proposed penalties for the …

DIR: California Independent Medical Review Shows Improvements

A California Department of Industrial Relations progress report shows continuing improvement of the state’s Independent Medical Review process. IMR is the medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and component of the state’s workers’ …

Affordable Care Act Does Not Crowd Out Workers’ Compensation Claimants: NCCI Research

New industry research has found that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the number of people who are medically insured, it has not hurt access to medical care for workers’ compensation claimants, which had …

Nebraska Grain Facility Fined Nearly $527K over Worker’s Death

Federal safety regulators have proposed nearly $527,000 in penalties against the operators of a northeast Nebraska grain facility where a worker was fatally injured. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release that it cited Prinz Grain …

Injured Transit Worker Awarded $2.5M in 2012 Chicago Train Crash

A jury has ruled the city of Chicago must pay nearly $2.5 million to a Chicago Transit Authority train operator who was injured after a police car chasing a bicyclist ran into a Brown Line train. CTA worker Jeffery Bryant’s …

Will Legal Weed in California Increase Demand for It from Injured Workers?

Just how legalized weed in California will impact workers’ compensation is still uncertain, but what is certain is that the insurance industry can soon expect to be grappling with issues around paying for marijuana for injured workers. The California Workers’ …