workers’ compensation News

Safety an Issue as Oilfield Companies Cut Costs During Downturn

A deadly oil well explosion in Texas’ Permian Basin this week offers a cautionary note of the industry’s challenges as companies cut costs during a market downturn. Even as deaths in the industry have climbed much less than the breakneck …

3 Killed in West Texas Oil Field Explosion

An oil field rig exploded in West Texas killing three workers on March 10. Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened Tuesday morning near Rankin, about 40 miles south of Midland. Kilgore says a …

Ohio Measure Would Allow Workers’ Comp for Police PTSD

Ohio’s emergency responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have physical injuries under proposed legislation a state Senate panel is considering. It would apply to police and other peace officers, …

Louisiana’s LCTA Workers’ Comp Adds D’Angelo to Board

Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurer, LCTA Workers’ Comp (LCTA), has added John D’Angelo to its board of trustees. D’Angelo founded Investar Bank in Baton Rouge, La., in 2005, and grew the full-service community bank to eleven locations and $800 million in …

Kansas Hotel Owners Hired Illegal Immigrants, Didn’t Pay Taxes, Workers’ Comp

When a suburban Kansas City couple bought two Clarion hotels, they systematically replaced lawfully employed workers with immigrants not authorized to work in the United States, cutting labor costs by 40 percent. Not only were the illegal workers paid a …

Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Work Comp ‘Option’ Legislation

Tennessee may soon have its own answer to an alternative workers’ compensation insurance option through new legislation by Republican lawmakers known as the Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green and State Representative Jeremy Durham introduced Senate …

How Group Health Claims-Shifting Affects Workers’ Compensation: WCRI

Workers’ compensation insurers should expect more cost shifting from group health plans as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold, according to new research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The claims shift is already …

Arizona Court Says No Blanket Right to Travel for Injured Worker Care

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 …

Gaines Named Liberty Mutual National Medical Director, Commercial Insurance

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 …

1st Cayman Portfolio Insurance Company Formed by Ascension Insurance

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 …