- Rising indemnity, severity cited in proposed 16.9% N.Y. comp rate plan
A proposal to raise New York workers compensation rates by 16.9% is based in part on increasing indemnity and medical claim severity, according to the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board.
- Walgreen in record $80M settlement over painkillers
(Reuters) — Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated federal rules governing the distribution of prescription painkillers.
- Texas contract worker who lost arm limited to workers comp remedy: Court
Exclusive remedy rules prevent a contract employee whose arm was amputated in an on-the-job accident from suing the city he was working for at the time, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled.
- Appeals court to reconsider RICO claims against Sedgwick, Coca-Cola
A federal appeals court is scheduled to reconsider allegations that Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in settling workers compensation claims.
- OFF BEAT: Comedian Jim Carrey takes workers comp seriously
It turns out that actor and funnyman Jim Carrey did indeed pay for workers comp insurance.
- NIOSH establishes Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has launched a new Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies to analyze trends in work-related injuries and illnesses.
- PTSD must arise from physical injury to qualify for Ohio comp benefits
A mental condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder is compensable under Ohio workers compensation law only when it is caused by a physical injury, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled.
- Okla. law could create template for deregulating workers comp nationwide
Oklahoma’s new law allowing employers to exit the state’s statutory workers compensation system could create a template for deregulating workers comp nationwide, concludes a white paper released Tuesday.
- OFF BEAT: Price is all wrong for workers comp fraudster
A spin on “The Price is Right” resulted in a workers compensation fraud conviction this week for a former mail carrier who reportedly was caught spinning the show’s “Big Wheel” in spite of her work injury.