workers’ compensation News

How Worker Won Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Care After Car Crash Injury

A Virginia employer cannot assert that an injury is unrelated to a workplace accident while also arguing that the medical care for that injury is unauthorized; instead the employer must choose one or the other position, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation …

SAIF in Oregon Reports Ice Caused Most Workplace Slips, Trips, Falls in 7 Years

SAIF in Oregon, which reported receiving 400-plus claims after January’s winter weather, said more Oregon workers were injured from slips, trips, and falls due to snow or ice than during any other storm since January 2017. SAIF, Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ …

Judge Tosses Suit by Estate of Employee Killed in Crash After Mandatory Wine Tasting

A Connecticut judge has tossed a lawsuit by the estate of a woman who was killed in a crash while driving intoxicated following a mandatory wine tasting at the restaurant that employed her. The estate brought claims of common law …

Mother of Teen Killed at Mississippi Poultry Factory Sues Company for Negligence

(AP) — The mother of a 16-year-old who died in a workplace accident at a Mississippi poultry factory is suing the companies that hired and employed him, accusing them of failing to follow safety standards that could have prevented his …

Claimants Out of Work More Likely to Die or Develop Serious Health Issues: Study

When workers drop out of the workforce due to a debilitating injury, they are more likely to develop serious health problems and an elevated risk of death, studies by West Virginia University researchers have shown. “The results suggest that disability …

Florida House Votes to Loosen Child Labor Laws a Year After Tougher Immigrant Statute

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A year after Florida enacted a law making it more difficult for employers to hire immigrants illegally, a move that has reportedly exacerbated a labor shortage and has added to property insurance repair costs, the state …

Georgia Bill Would Expand PTSD Help for Responders But Not Through Workers’ Comp

After three years of starts and stops, a bill is moving through the Georgia legislature that would provide mental stress benefits for first responders – not through workers’ compensation but through a relatively new type of supplemental insurance program. So …

Inpatient Hospitalizations in California Workers’ Comp Declined 51%, Study Shows

The number of inpatient hospitalizations in the California workers’ compensation system declined 51.1% between 2012 and 2022, a new report shows. The trend was driven by declining claim volume, technological advances and changes in Medicare rules that allow more outpatient …

Virginia Police Officer Denied Workers’ Compensation Despite Statutory Presumption

A Virginia police officer has been denied workers’ compensation benefits for a heart condition despite the state law that his condition is presumed to be work-related. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) has ruled that the officer’s public university employer, …

Webster Bank Closes Acquisition of Medical Claims Firm Ametros

Connecticut-based Webster Bank has completed the acquisition of Ametros Financial Corp., a firm that administers medical claims settlements. Ametros provides post-settlement medical administration for those receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements though a technology platform, CareGuard. CareGuard provides …