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NCCI: Work Comp Claim Frequency Dipped During Height of Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic corresponded with an unusual decrease in workers’ compensation claim severity, while claim frequency was pretty much unchanged, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. NCCI said average claim severity for lost-time …

NCCI Says Fewer Miles Driven During Pandemic Means Fewer Comp Claims

The COVID-19 pandemic comes with one bright spot for workers’ compensation insurers: Fewer workers are being injured in motor vehicle accidents. A research brief issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance last week projects that workers’ compensation claims caused …

Self-Driving Car Bill Reintroduced in House Minus Biggest Backer

Legislation that would allow carmakers to sell as many as 100,000 self-driving vehicles per year in the U.S. is being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of its biggest cheerleaders is staying on the sidelines until next …

Report Shows Insurers Recognizing ‘Mega’ Claims More Quickly

The share of “mega” workers’ compensation claims — those expected to cost $3 million or more — climbed steadily since 2013 after dropping as construction employment declined sharply during the Great Recession, according to a report by the National Council …

Viewpoint: Washington Impedes Progress on Self-Driving Cars

Imagine how different the discussion about returning to the office or school would be if we could deploy autonomous vehicles — and therefore had more alternatives to public transportation or school buses without worrying about parking — or how much …

Vehicle Accidents an Exception Amid Declining Number of Work Injuries

While the frequency of workers’ compensation claims has continued a decades-long decline, the number of work injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents has continued a steady increase that began in 2011, according to a new report by the National Council …

Viewpoint: A Primer on Traumatic Brain Injuries

No two patients recovering from a brain injury are alike. The key to the very best possible outcome is to make sure the proper diagnosis is achieved, and treatments are outlined. First, it is important to know the types of …

Medical Resident Fatigue Can Trigger Motor Vehicle Incidents: Mayo Clinic Poll

It appears that long, arduous hours in the hospital are causing more than stress and fatigue among doctors-in-training — they’re crashing, or nearly crashing, their cars after work, according to new Mayo Clinic research. Nearly half of the roughly 300 …

Washington Reports Historic Low in 2011 Workplace Deaths

After years of steady decline, deaths in Washington state due to fatal workplace injuries fell to 51 in 2011, the lowest number of work-related deaths in the state’s history. The deaths are reported in the Washington FACE 2011 Work-Related Fatalities …

Maine Officials Push Youth Driver Safety

In the wake of a deadly weekend on Maine’s highways for young motorists, Gov. Paul LePage and Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr. are stressing the importance of safety for young drivers. LePage has recently proclaimed January as Young Driver …