workers’ compensation News

Goodyear to Pay $1.75M After Four Workers Die at Virginia Factory

Goodyear will pay $1.75 million to settle workplace health and safety violations at its Danville, Virginia, tire plant where four workers died on the job over the course of a year, officials announced Friday. Goodyear, the United Steelworkers and the …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $200,000 for Repeated Safety Violations

A Puyallup, Wash., construction company faces a large fine for numerous repeated safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has …

Proposed Arizona Law Removes Pool Contractor, Workers’ Comp Requirements

A 2002 law enacted to protect consumers after fly-by-night pool contractors ripped off homeowners across metro Phoenix is on the fast-track for repeal under a change pushed as part of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s effort to streamline business regulations. The …

Liberty Mutual: Worst Workplace Injuries Cost U.S. Firms $59B Per Year

Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor …

¿Dónde Están Mis Beneficios? Workers’ Comp Claims by Undocumented Employees

Following an election cycle in which illegal immigration became a touchstone issue, it seems only appropriate that claims handlers and subrogation professionals have a clear understanding of the many nuances involving workers’ compensation claims made by undocumented employees. Indeed, with …

Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch in 2017

The Trump presidential victory, along with several gubernatorial elections, could significantly impact workers’ compensation, according to hosts of Safety National’s Out Front Ideas, Mark Walls and Kimberly George. The two workers’ comp industry experts continued their monthly webinar series, kicking …

Analytics at Heart of Workers’ Comp Cost Containment

To remain competitive in the marketplace, all workers’ compensation carriers will need to adopt some form of analytics, according to Rob Lewis, president of ISO Claims Partners. Lewis outlined the benefits of using predictive analytics in all stages of a …

Researchers Point to Improved Pain Scores While Reducing Opioids

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors prescribed fewer opioids. UVA anesthesiologists reviewed 101,484 surgeries between March 2011 and November 2015 where patients received general …

Study Finds Inpatient vs. Home, Outpatient Care Drives Post-Surgery Spending

A new study finds huge variation in where patients who receive post-surgical care will end up, depending on where they had their operation. And that variation in turn leads to huge differences in how much their care costs. The study, …

Louisiana Workers’ Comp Insurance Costs Drop

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the cost of workers’ compensation policies for Louisiana businesses has dropped for a fourth straight year. The state insurance department announced this week that it had approved a 9.8 percent statewide decrease in workers’ compensation …