Workers Compensation News

New California Trade Group Targets Illegal Workers’ Comp in Staffing Industry

The California Staffing Agency Reform Association has been established by staffing industry leaders to “clean up” the worker’s compensation marketplace for staffing. Cal-SARA, a new nonprofit, trade association, has been formed to deal with a market that is “inundated with …

Insurance Journal’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2020: West Region

Wildfires were the big story in the Western U.S. in 2020. And a big underlying theme in those stories is what was being done to deal with them. One of the top stories in Insurance Journal’s Western region was when …

California COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claim Volume Trending up Again

California workers’ comp COVID-19 monthly claim volume, which fell sharply in August and September, is now trending up again, climbing 9.0% in October, then more than doubling in November, according to a California Workers’ Compensation Institute. The CWCI reviewed claims …

California Workers’ Comp Attorney Arrested for $310K Fraud Scheme

Moses Luna, 73, of Newport Beach, Calif., was arrested this week on 20 felony counts of insurance fraud after allegedly billing 20 separate insurance companies for translation and interpreting services to collect over $310,000 in workers’ compensation fees. An investigation …

No Increase in Average Washington Workers’ Comp in 2021

For the first time in two decades, Washington workers’ compensation rates have dropped or stayed steady for four years in a row. The state Department of Labor & Industries on Monday announced there will be no increase for the average …

California Electrician Arraigned in $63K Workers’ Comp Scheme

Mark Redheffer, 48, of Fontana, Calif., was arraigned on felony counts of insurance fraud and attempted perjury after allegedly lying and concealing information in a workers’ compensation claim to receive more than $63,000 in temporary disability benefits from his employer, …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $92K After Safety Inspection

A Washington construction company with a reported history of safety problems in Kitsap, Pierce and Grays Harbor was fined more than $92,000 for allegedly serious safety violations, including failing to enforce the use of fall protection while roofing a home …

California Workers’ Comp Hospital Stays From 2010 to 2019 Examined

A new study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the steep drop in the number of inpatient hospitalizations involving injured workers in the state over the past decade was largely due to the ongoing decline in spinal fusions and …

CWCI: California Workers’ Comp Virus Claim Count Tops 50,000

There have been 50,592 COVID-19 claims reported to the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) so far this year – including 282 death claims, according to latest tally by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. That translates to one out of …

U.S. P/C Insurer Impairments Rise Slightly in 2019: AM Best

The U.S. property/casualty industry saw 13 new insurance company impairments in 2019, two more than in 2018, involving entities operating in a mix of lines of business and a variety of states, according to a new AM Best special report. …