workers’ compensation News

Workers’ Compensation Profit Picture Looks Good in Short Term: Fitch

With favorable results driven by recent reductions in claims frequency and further recognition of material reserve redundancies, workers’ compensation underwriting performance is expected to remain strong in 2021, according to Fitch Ratings. However, this level of profitability is unsustainable longer …

Worker Dead After Becoming Stuck in Iowa Cattle Farm Manure Tank

A man died after becoming stuck in a manure tank on an eastern Iowa cattle farm, authorities said. The death occurred on June 8 at a farm in Stockton and was reported by authorities there the next day, the Quad-City …

New Jersey USPS Mail Carrier Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

A New Jersey U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier has been charged with making false statements to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits. Aida Perez, of Roselle Park, New Jersey, has been charged by complaint with one count of knowingly and …

Amazon to Overhaul Warehouse Worker Metric Cited in Injuries

Amazon.com Inc. is overhauling a controversial worker-productivity yardstick that has drawn the ire of warehouse employees who say it imposes an unsafe burden on them. The world’s largest online retailer uses sophisticated algorithms to monitor productivity at its facilities, and …

Workers’ Comp Insurer SUNZ Expands into 13 Additional States

Florida-based SUNZ Insurance Co. is now licensed to write workers’ compensation policies in 13 additional states: Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. With the addition of these states, …

CWCI: California Workers’ Comp Direct Written Premium Fell 11.4% in 2020

Total direct written premium in the California workers’ compensation system fell by 11.4% in 2020, dropping to an eight-year low driven by the ongoing decline in insurers’ average charged rates and relatively flat payroll levels, according to an analysis from …

Assaulted by Passenger, Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Loses 2 Teeth

A flight attendant for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines was assaulted by a passenger and lost two teeth in the attack last weekend, according to a union president, who complained to the airline’s CEO about unruly passengers. “Unfortunately, this is just one …

Study: North Dakota Has Highest Rate of Severe Workplace Injuries

North Dakota tops the list of states with the highest rates of severe workplace injuries, according to a new study of OSHA data covering the years 2015-2020. With nearly 135 severe workplace injuries for every 100,000 workers since 2015, North …

Wisconsin Court Rejects Man’s Suit Against Insurer After Bull Attack

A man who fell into depression and attempted suicide after he was gored by a bull can’t sue an insurance company for deciding to stop covering his medication, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled. According to court documents, Francis Graef was …

California Flooring Business Owners Charged for $3.8M Workers’ Comp Fraud

Ryan Black, 45, formerly of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Curtis Davis, 53, of Penryn, were both charged this week with three felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud after allegedly underreporting payroll and employees by more than $30 million to save …