- Police officer’s widow to receive workers comp death benefits
The widow of a New Mexico police officer who died while saving a child from drowning should receive workers compensation death benefits, the New Mexico Court of Appeals said this month, overturning a decision that said the woman’s filing was too…
- Calif. workers comp medical payments up 60% between 2005, 2011
Average medical payments for California workers compensation claims increased sharply between 2005 and 2011, although medical cost containment has shifted some medical payment expenditures, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said Monday.
- Fla. weighs tightening rules on prescription drug monitoring data
The Florida Department of Health is weighing whether to tighten controls on the release of information through its prescription drug monitoring program after data for more than 3,000 Floridians reportedly was provided to third parties without the…
- Safety National ordered to pay defense costs in ‘groundless’ lawsuit
Excess insurer Safety National Casualty Corp. must pay an employer’s defense and settlement costs even though an underlying negligence lawsuit against the policyholder was “groundless,” a federal appeals court has ruled.
- Early mental health interventions can reduce long-term workers comp costs
ATLANTA — Early intervention for employees suffering from mental health issues can reduce worker disability durations and costs by preventing illnesses from advancing to more serious conditions, experts say.
- Congress considers national standard for safe lifting and moving of patients
Federal legislation introduced this summer seeks to reduce worker musculoskeletal injuries by creating a national standard for the safe lifting and moving of patients in health care facilities.
- Business Insurance conference explores ways to optimize workers comp management
Unnecessary medical expenditures and how they affect workers compensation were a key focus of Business Insurance’s fourth annual Worker’s Compensation Virtual Conference.
- High rate of health care worker injuries worries employers and insurers
Health care facilities are increasingly drawing attention for their unique exposures, which drive more worker injuries than occur in either manufacturing or construction operations.
- OSHA proposes regulations for airborne silica dust
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to create a rule for preventing silicosis by lowering workplace exposure to crystalline silica particles.