workers’ compensation News

Small Number Causing California Worker’s Comp Review Excess

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 …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Losses and Expenses for 2014 Rise, Ratios Fall

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 …

New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp

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 …

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds California’s Workers’ Comp Liens

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 …

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Leaves 4 Hurt in Texas Town

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 …

Owner of Mass. Asbestos Abatement Firm Indicted for Work Comp Fraud

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 …

Workers Can Be Fired For Off-Duty Marijuana Use, Colorado Court Says

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 …

ICW Group Appoints Douglas to Lead Texas Market

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 …

Agents Need to Know: Texas Workers’ Comp E-Mods Changing

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 …

South Carolina Jumps Aboard Workers’ Comp Alternative Bandwagon

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’ …