Articles by Denise Johnson

Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data

A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …

The Move to a Private U.S. Flood Insurance Market

Continued concern with the viability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has led to growing interest in a private flood insurance market. For the first time last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) entered into a reinsurance agreement …

A Refresher on the Named Storm Deductible

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused massive devastation to Texas and Florida and now frustration for policyholders, their attorneys and public adjusters due to the named storm deductible on some policies. This week Cozen O’Connor hosted a webinar to provide a …

Ohio Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Insurer in Sex Harassment Case

Last month, a federal judge in Ohio’s Northern District Court ruled in favor of Zurich American Insurance Company, granting the insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a case involving a dispute over payment of two sexual harassment claims. Scott Fetzer …

Employers, Workers’ Comp Carriers Eye Rehab in Latest Telehealth Offering

Though employers and workers’ compensation insurers have been utilizing telemedicine for quite some time, there’s been a recent uptick in interest surrounding virtual physical therapy, also known as telerehab. Mitchell, a property & casualty claims technology provider, recently announced its …

Staged Plane Crash, False Drought Claim, Chiropractor Bribes Crash Victims

Texas Pilot Guilty in Gulf of Mexico Crash Insurance Fraud A Texas pilot who survived a 2012 Gulf of Mexico crash and used an iPad to record his time in the water acknowledges it was insurance-related fraud. Theodore Robert Wright …

Done Right Value Engineering Offers Benefits

Sometimes revered, at times sneered, value engineering (VE) can provide benefits to various projects when done right, according to industry experts. VE began at General Electric during World War II, according to Quebec-based McGill University. Shortages of skilled labor, raw …

Insurer Offers Standalone Cyber App to Thwart Network Shutdowns, Reduce Delayed Reporting

A new mobile app released by Chubb promises to reduce delays in reporting cyber incidents, offering a work around in cases where hackers shut down whole networks. The Cyber Alert mobile application allows 24/7 reporting for commercial cyber customers in …

Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies Continue to Stress Workers’ Comp Systems

Though the number of physician dispensed prescriptions declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle an adapting market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The impact of physician …

Early Consideration Key to Successful Subrogation After Catastrophe Losses

Subrogation should be considered immediately, even after a catastrophe loss. This was the takeaway during a recent webinar presented by national law firm Cozen O’Conner. Thaddeus Baria, an Chicago-based associate in the firm’s Subrogation and Recovery Practice Group, explained that …