Articles by Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson is editor of claimsjournal.com.

N.J. High Court Rules That Phantom Vehicles Can Be Allocated Fault

The case of Mark R. Krzykalski v. David T. Tindall involves an auto accident where both the plaintiff and the defendant were in the left lane turning left through an intersection. An unidentified driver turned unexpectedly from the right lane, …

Medical Marijuana Gaining Favor as Treatment in Workers’ Compensation

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ compensation claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

How the U.S. Can Improve Workplace Injury and Illness Data

Federal agency officials involved in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses believe there is still a lot to learn about the relationship between work and injuries. According to the experts, the government needs smarter workplace surveillance and data collection practices. The …

Experts See Expanding Role for Parametric Insurance, Including for U.S. Disasters

Catastrophic losses this year due to extreme weather events have led to a growing interest in parametric insurance in the U.S., according to industry experts. Parametric coverage is also gaining traction as hazard modeling continues to improve, weather stations more …

Employers, Workers’ Compensation Carriers Eye Trend in Telehealth: Telerehab

Though employers and workers’ compensation insurers have been utilizing telemedicine for quite some time, there’s been a recent uptick in interest surrounding virtual physical therapy, also known as telerehab. Telerehab provides virtual access to physical therapy and is intended to …

Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies Continue to Stress Workers’ Comp Systems

Although the number of physician dispensed prescriptions declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle an adapting market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The effect of physician …

Workers’ Compensation Still Under Pressure from Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies

Though the number of physician dispensed prescriptions has declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle a market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The impact of physician …

Experts See Expanding Role for Parametric Insurance, Including for U.S. Disasters

Catastrophic losses this year due to extreme weather events have led to a growing interest in parametric insurance in the U.S., according to industry experts. Parametric coverage is also gaining traction as hazard modeling continues to improve, weather stations more …

Litigation Finance Investors Expanding Their Reach

Investor funded litigation is not new, but its use is expanding, according to experts in the field. Panelists at the 2017 Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., addressed the growing trend of investor funded litigation, particularly in the area …

Fighting Drivers of Commercial Auto Frequency, Severity

Litigation financing, distracted driving and unexpected verdicts are just some of the factors impacting commercial auto frequency and severity, according to panelists speaking at the 2017 Risk Management Summit this week in Las Vegas. There has been a focus on …