Claims and Costs News

California Workers’ Comp Agency Dismisses 292,000 Unresolved Liens

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) reported that it had dismissed more than 292,000 unresolved liens, belonging to claimants who failed to file the proper forms. New legislation effective this year, SB 1160, requires all lien claimants that filed …

Hearing for Boat Claim in Case Involving Relatives Who Died Mysteriously

Lawyers for a man suspected of killing his millionaire grandfather in 2013 met with a judge Monday in a lawsuit over the sinking of his boat with his mother onboard. Nathan Carman’s boat sank last year during a fishing trip …

Insurer Reports Motorcycle Crashes Spike in August

The last month of summer could bring a spike in motorcycle claims, according to American Modern Insurance Group. The insurer reports that of the 60,400 motorcycles it insures, 570 were involved in crashes in August 2015 and 2016. Many motorcycle …

Older Worker Fatalities Higher Than All Other Age Groups

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers …

Easing the ‘Return-to-Work’ Process for Injured Workers

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.9 million non-fatal workplace accidents occurred that year. Of this, over 50 percent of the injured workers experienced time lost from work. A number this large obviously eats into a …

Risky Business: Catching Commercial Use Fraud Before it Hits Your Books

One definitive method can show misrepresented commercial use well before a claim ever arises. Pulling the wool over the insurance company’s eyes seems like a victimless crime. After all, if a few dollars are saved by saying a car is …

What Value-Based Contracting Means to the Workers’ Comp Industry

Value-based contracting (VBC) widely used in the healthcare system is now a hot topic in the workers’ comp industry, according to a Coventry whitepaper released earlier this year. Though widely discussed among industry stakeholders, a common definition for the practice …

Jury Awards $17M to California Man Who Lost Leg in Forklift Accident

A Riverside Superior Court jury awarded Steven Meier $17 million after he had his right leg amputated below the knee due to being run over by a forklift in October 2013. Meier, a security guard employed by Securitas Security Services, …

Tips on Maintaining Control of Catastrophic Workplace Injury Claims

Catastrophic injuries impact the severity and complexity of workers’ compensation claims. In a two part Inside Workers’ Comp podcast series, Genex’ Laney Bond discussed how catastrophic workplace injuries can derail claims. Bond, national catastrophic program manager for Genex, outlined four …

WCRI: Price Reforms Reduce Costs of Doctor Dispensed Drugs in Some States

With many states making changes to rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study today that sheds a light on the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. …