Massachusetts workers’ compensation News

Massachusetts Man Indicted for ‘Working While Collecting’ Under Workers’ Comp

A Milford, Massachusetts man has been indicted on larceny and workers’ compensation fraud charges in connection with allegedly collecting more than $18,000 in disability benefits while he continued to work, according to the office of Attorney General Maura Healey. Kenneth …

Comma Doesn’t Get Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Scofflaw Off the Hook

A Massachusetts company has lost its argument that it should not have been prevented from participating on state or municipal contracts for three years due to its its failure to have workers’ compensation insurance as required by law for eight …

Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Rates to Rise an Average of 1.5%

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Wednesday that the state’s workers’ compensation rates will rise an average 1.5 percent beginning July 1. Officials said this nominal increase is the result of a settlement between the Division of Insurance’s State Rating …

Massachusetts Court Rules on ‘Equitable Contribution’ Case

Massachusetts’ top court ruled this month that a workers’ compensation insurer that has paid benefits under a policy has a right to pursue “equitable contribution” from a second insurer that also provided coverage to the same policyholder. The Massachusetts Supreme …

Massachusetts Business Owner Indicted on Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

Authorities said a Wilmington, Massachusetts man has been indicted in connection with allegedly failing to accurately report the nature of his company’s work in order to avoid $120,000 in insurance premiums. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Robert Foss was …

Massachusetts Top Court Rules on Damages for Injured Workers

Massachusetts’ highest court recently ruled in a case of first impression that a workers’ compensation insurer is not entitled to a lien on the money awarded to claimants for pain and suffering. This ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court …

Mass. Workers’ Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau Proposes Rate Hike

The Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts (WCRIBMA) has submitted a rate filing to the Division of Insurance on behalf of its members. The Dec. 23 filing recommends a 6.4 percent increase in average rates for industrial classes …

Mass. Dept. of Industrial Accidents Assessment Rate Lowered to 5.75%

The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) reduced the assessment that private employers pay to the state on workers’ compensation policies to 5.75 percent of the policy premium for the new fiscal year, down from 5.8 percent during the last …

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 …

Massachusetts State Auditor Reviews Workers’ Comp System

A new Massachusetts state audit has made recommendations to improve accountability and efficiency in the workers’ compensation system. Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump said on August 21 that her office’s review found that the state’s Department of Industrial Accidents, which …