workers’ compensation News

California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 3 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended three more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended to 245. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of …

Workers’ Comp Claim Cost Changed Little in Indiana Since Reform Law Took Effect

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ comp system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute study. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th Edition, …

California Workers’ Comp Directors and Officers Cleanup Law Takes Effect July 1

A new law that enables corporate directors and officers owning at least 10 percent of a business to opt out of workers’ compensation coverage goes into effect on July 1. The law is intended to reduce the threshold of ownership, …

WCRI Study: Illinois’ Cost per Workers’ Comp Claim Grew 1-3 Percent Annually

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually between 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The growth was due to small to moderate changes in …

Missouri Employers Mutual Awards $800K in Workplace Safety Grants

Workers’ compensation insurer, Missouri Employers Mutual has awarded the company’s fourth round of safety grants to Missouri businesses this month to help them take the next step toward improving workplace safety. To date, MEM has awarded a total of 86 …

Arca Capital Backs Icahn in Trying to Stop AmTrust Privatization Plan

The Prague-based investment firm Arca Capital said it plans to work with activist investor Carl Icahn and other minority shareholders to prevent a proposed privatization of AmTrust Financial Services Inc. Arca Capital owns approximately 2.4 percent of outstanding shares of …

Workers’ Compensation Professionals Form Kids’ Chance of New Hampshire

Workers’ compensation professionals have created Kids’ Chance of New Hampshire, a 501c3 organization that provides scholarships for the children of workers who are seriously injured or killed on the job. Sebastian Grasso, CEO of Windham Group, a workers’ compensation case …

Worldwide Facilities Creates National Workers’ Compensation Unit

National wholesale insurance brokerage and managing general agent Worldwide Facilities has created a new workers’ compensation division. Davis Moore, CEO of Worldwide Facilities, noted that while his firm has a diverse range of products, it did not have brokers specializing …

Mass. SJC Rules Independent Contractor Statute Doesn’t Apply in Workers’ Comp Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled the state’s independent contractor statute does not determine whether a claimant is an employee eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in a case that has led to questions about worker misclassification. “Worker misclassification …

Top 25 Workers’ Compensation Insurers

The top 10 workers’ compensation insurers capture 46 percent of the market across the country, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The top three — Travelers, The Hartford and Zurich— write a little …