workers’ compensation News

Delaware Law Cut Workers’ Compensation Medical Claim Costs by 33%: WCRI

A Delaware workers’ compensation law passed in 2014 has succeeded in lowering workers’ compensation medical claim costs, new research shows. The report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found the average medical payment per claim decreased about 33% between …

New York Revises Compensation Fund, Workers’ Compensation Claims for 9/11 Victims

Ahead of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed several bills into that that seek to support to 9/11 victims and survivors and their families. This new laws target barriers and delays in the Victim Compensation …

Workers’ Comp Insurance Industry Backs CompScience Technology in $6M Seed Round

CompScience has found a way to reduce workers compensation risk and cost using artificial intelligence. Not just by the numbers, but by analyzing authentic, onsite video taken at clients’ facilities. The company provides video analytics and data-driven recommendations using existing …

Hartford Insurance Loses Appeal of Loss of Consortium Claim It Labeled a ‘Ploy’

Hartford Insurance Group has lost an appeal of a $1.45 million injury settlement between an injured employee and third parties where 60% was for loss of consortium for the wife of the injured worker. Hartford maintained that the consortium allocation …

OSHA Approves Massachusetts Public Sector Worker Safety Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently granted Massachusetts initial approval for a state-run safety and health plan for state and local government workers. The Massachusetts plan covers an estimated 430,000 state and local government …

Prison Officer Gets ‘Assault Pay’ Where Injury Was Not Caused by Direct Violence

A Massachusetts appeals court has ruled that a prison employee is entitled to “assault pay” for an injury even though the injury was not the result of a direct assault by an inmate. The court backed a bid for the …

Washington Regulators Fine Wireless Company After Fatal Fall

Washington state regulators fined a wireless company $12,000 for safety violations after the death of a cellphone tower worker near Arlington last year. Michael Vasquez was working on a Crown Castle cell tower on Dec. 4, 2021 when he fell …

Maryland Court Affirms Limits on Hiring Firm Liability for Contractor Negligence

The mother of a man killed on a Baltimore construction site who was barred by Maryland’s workers’ compensation law from suing the contractor hired by the city has lost a bid to hold the city and subcontractor liable. The court …

OSHA Investigating Deaths of Amazon Workers in New Jersey

Federal work-safety investigators are looking into the death of an Amazon worker and an injury that potentially led to the death of another employee, adding to a probe already underway following a third fatality during the company’s annual Prime Day …

AM Best Upgrades Ratings of Synergy Comp Insurance

AM Best has upgraded the ratings of workers’ compensation insurer Synergy Comp Insurance Co. based in Sharon Pennsylvania. The rating organization upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” …