workers’ compensation News

WCRI: Wide Variation in Worker Attorney Involvement Among States

There is a notable difference in the percentage of workers’ compensation claimants that retained attorneys across 18 state workers’ compensation systems, according to a new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the study, the percentage of …

Oklahoma Court Affirms Employer’s Right to Choose Provider in Workers’ Comp Case

An Oklahoma civil appeals court ruled in favor of an employer and its insurer in affirming an order by the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, asserting an employer’s right to direct the medical treatment of an injured worker where it lacks …

Older Worker Rate Highest Since 1962

Retire by your mid-60s? How 1960s. More Americans age 65 and over are still punching the clock, and the last time the percentage was this high was when John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Last month, 19 percent …

One Call Expert Says Comorbidities Complicate Workers’ Comp Claims

In workers’ compensation, seemingly straightforward injuries may turn into prolonged and costly claims when comorbid conditions exist. These comorbidities can end up complicating treatment, recovery and return to work. Eric Patten, senior director of clinical at One Call Care Management, …

Predictive Models Help Valen Analytics Workers’ Comp Clients Outperform Industry Average

A new study released by Colorado-based Valen Analytics, an Insurity company and provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling for P/C insurers, revealed that its workers’ compensation customers reported an average of 25 percent loss ratio improvement, nearly double …

Travelers’ Sees Reduced Costs, Earlier Return to Work With Early Severity Predictive Model

A growing economy coupled with an increase in inexperienced workers has the potential to contribute to higher severity in workplace injuries, according to Rich Ives, Travelers vice president of workers’ compensation claims. He explained that 27 percent of all workplace …

WCRI: Provider Choice Increases Back Injury-Related Workers’ Comp Costs

A new study released by Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute outlines the effect of provider choice policies on workers’ compensation costs. The study reviews the relationship between workers’ compensation costs and provider choice laws. Data on workers’ comp injuries that …

Stripper Shot on the Job Will Get New Workers’ Comp Hearing

The quibbling continues over how much a South Carolina stripper should be compensated after being shot while on the job, with the state’s highest court on Wednesday ordering a new hearing in the woman’s case. The decision comes two years …

OSHA Safety Stand Down Event Emphasizes Landscaping Hazards

Fatalities among workers in the landscaping industry are a growing concern in the Southeast. From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi died as a result of workplace injuries. In Florida, industry …

Workers’ Comp Programs Assist Workers in Addiction Fight

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while …