workers’ compensation News

N.Y. Workers’ Comp Board Launches Virtual Hearings Initiative

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has launched a new tool that makes it easier for injured workers, attorneys and other participants to attend workers’ compensation hearings remotely. The Board’s virtual hearings give injured workers a way to move …

Normandy Insurance Expands Workers’ Comp Coverage to Texas

Florida-based workers’ compensation carrier Normandy Insurance Co. is now offering workers’ compensation insurance to small, mid-size, and large businesses in Texas. This marks the fourth major expansion by the multi-state insurer in the past two years. Normandy now offers workers’ …

California Comp Insurers Won’t See Insurance Guarantee Assessment, a First in 20 Years

California worker’s compensation insurers and their customers are getting a bit of a break this year. The California Insurance Guarantee Association won’t be collecting its annual assessment on 2019 workers’ comp policies. It’s the first time CIGA won’t collect the …

Man Dies During Demolition Work at Old Delaware GM Plant

Delaware authorities say a demolition company leader died while supervising work at an old automobile plant. Delaware State Police said the death occurred Friday afternoon at the former General Motors plant in Wilmington, which closed in 2009. Police say its …

Different Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Worker, Employer, Injury Traits

Injured workers in mining and construction, those in rural counties or those who suffer fractures, carpal tunnel and neurologic spine pain are among those more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids than workers in other industries or locations or with …

Workers’ Comp Relativities Are Obsolete, TDI Says

In its 2018 Biennial Report, the Texas Department of Insurance has recommended that lawmakers delete from state statute references to classification relativities as an alternative basis for workers’ compensation rates. The department noted that “‘Classification relativities’ are designed to establish …

Worker Badly Burned at Connecticut Construction Site

A construction worker has suffered serious burns in an accident at a site of an apartment complex in Connecticut. The Day reports the man became injured while trying to refuel a running air compressor at the site in Pawcatuck Wednesday …

Oklahoma’s Midlands Management Corp. Bought by Safety National Casualty

Midlands Management Corp., a managing general agent, wholesale broker, program administrator and insurance services provider headquartered in Oklahoma City, has been acquired by multi-line specialty insurance carrier Safety National Casualty Corp. As a result of this transaction, Midlands Management Corp. …

Louisiana Adds Jobs for 14 Straight Months

Over the course of 14 months, Louisiana has added tens of thousands of jobs, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. According to information released on Dec. 21 by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased …

‘Barista Wrist’ Among Restaurant Industry’s Highest Lost Time Injuries

Restaurant workers miss about a month from work from a variety of injuries, on average, but for coffee shop workers, wrist injuries are the biggest danger. In fact, Barista Wrist, can keep cafĂ© workers sidelined for more than a year. …