workers’ compensation News

Austin Drops Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Against Firefighter with Cancer

The city of Austin, Texas, has dropped a lawsuit challenging the determination by state workers’ compensation officials and an appeals panel that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer is eligible for workers’ comp benefits. According to the Austin Firefighters Association, Lt. …

Exploring the Jump in Mega Workers’ Compensation Claims

Mega workers’ comp claims – losses exceeding $10 million – jumped in 2016, according to a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). It’s unclear if this is a one time occurrence or a new trend for …

Auto Dealers Safety Group Gets $1M Dividend from Texas Mutual

Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a policyholder-owned company, recently awarded a dividend of $1,060,313 to the Lone Star Auto Dealers Association (LSADA) safety group, which includes franchised auto, truck, RV, boat and motorcycle dealerships. This year’s dividend from Texas Mutual brings …

Oregon Workers’ Comp Costs to Drop Sixth-Straight Year

Oregon employers next year will pay an average of $1.12 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, down from $1.23 in 2018, under a proposal by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. This will mark the sixth …

Report on California’s Independent Medical Review Shows Continued Progress

An annual progress report from the California Department of Workers’ Compensation’s Independent Medical Review program shows it’s working as intended. IMR is a medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and is a component …

Michigan Offering Matching Grants to Improve Workplace Safety, Health

Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees. Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the goal of the MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to …

California Comp Quarterly Report: Written Premium on Pace with Last year, but an Overall Declining Trend

Worker’s compensation rates in California have been going down a while, and that has had an impact on written premium, a report released on Wednesday shows. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California’s report looks at on insurer loss …

Former Postal Worker Charged in N.Y. for Falsely Obtaining $160K in Disability Benefits

A former motor vehicle operator for the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been charged with making false statements to obtain federal employees’ compensation, according to a complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. Joseph Penatello was arrested and …

Louisiana Sees 10-Month Increase in Not Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 26,000 jobs from July 2017 to 1,980,200, marking 10 consecutive months of increases, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported. Over the same time period, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 28,500 …

Wisconsin’s CorLife Launches Workers’ Comp Home Health Service

CorLife LLC, a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based provider of ancillary benefits and home modification services for workers’ compensation carriers nationwide, has added a new company, CorCare LLC, which provides skilled, home health services to workers’ comp insurers. CoreCare offers all levels …