injured worker News

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Hit 14-Year High in 2021

Workers’ compensation claim frequency among California’s private self-insured employers last year hit the highest level since 2007 as both medical-only and indemnity claim volume rose, according to a California Workers’ Compensation Institute review of initial data from the state Office …

Report: Ibuprofen Now Most Heavily Used Drug in California Workers’ Comp

New data shows the types of drugs used to treat injured workers in California, and the distribution of payments for those medications, has shifted over the past decade, with opioids becoming far less prevalent and anti-inflammatory drugs accounting for an …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Written Premium for 2021 Down 2%

California written premium for 2021 was 2% below 2020 and 14% below 2019, a new report shows. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California issued released its quarterly experience report, an update on California statewide insurer experience valued as …

California Business Owners Arraigned for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Three California business owners were arraigned for insurance fraud this week after an investigation reportedly showed they illegally conspired to lower workers’ compensation premiums. Troy Williams, 49, of Angels Camp, Nanci Morman, 68, of Somerset, and John Allison, 63, of …

California Workers’ Comp Bureau OKs 7.6% Pure Premium Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California submitted pure premium rate filing to the California Insurance Commissioner calling for a 7.6% increase. The advisory pure premium rates for the roughly 500 standard classifications proposed to be effective Sept. 1 …

California Workers’ Comp Committee OKs 7.6% Pure Premium Filing

The governing committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California authorized the WCIRB to submit a Sept. 1, 2022 pure premium rate filing to the California Insurance Commissioner that is on average 7.6% above the average approved Sept. …

California State Fund to Return $55M to Businesses

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund on Thursday announced plans to distribute a roughly $55 million dividend to its qualifying policyholders with policies that took effect between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021. The dividend equals roughly 5% of the estimated …

Medical Access in California Workers’ Compensation Examined

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows injured workers’ overall access to medical care for their initial treatment remained relatively consistent between 2010 and 2020. CWCI used data from more than 1.5 million job injury claims from accident years …

Minimum Wage, OT And Workers’ Comp Premium Changes in Washington Starting in 2022

Changes in Washington’s minimum wage, overtime for white-collar professionals, overtime for agricultural workers, and workers’ compensation premiums are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2022. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries on Tuesday issued reminders to businesses and …

Workers’ Compensation Bureau of California Profiles Restaurant Industry

Restaurants make up a sizable portion of California’s workers’ comp system, a new report shows. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California released the first report in its industry profile series, which examines an industry sector in the state’s …