workers’ compensation News

Washington Roofing Companies Face $1M+ in Fines for Repeated Fall Risks

Two Washington roofing companies named to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) severe violators list are facing large fines for allowing roofers to work on top of homes without using fall protection, among other safety violations. Allways Roofing, …

WCRI Finds Delaware Law Cut Workers’ Comp Medical Claim Costs by 33%

A Delaware workers’ compensation law passed in 2014 has succeeded in lowering workers’ compensation medical claim costs, new research shows. The report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found the average medical payment per claim decreased about 33 percent …

Texas-Based Supermarket Faces $1 Million in Fines over Unsafe Working Conditions

Despite a history of violations and worker injuries dating back almost a decade, Fiesta Mart LLC – a Houston-based supermarket operator – continues to fail in its legal obligations to protect employees. Made apparent after federal inspections in February and …

Claims Fraud: Insurance Agent, Public Adjuster, Auto Repair Shop Owner

Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement The chief executive officer of a Taunton, Massachusetts insurance agency pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in a scheme that stole $295,278 from local businesses, state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said Friday. David G. …

Freight Broker Sues Liberty Mutual for ‘Excessive’ Work Comp Premiums

An Illinois freight broker has filed a lawsuit accusing Liberty Mutual of overcharging it by demanding payment of workers’ compensation premiums for independent contractors who are ineligible for benefits. Virnich Corp., which does business in West Chicago, says in a …

Subrogating Shifting and Falling Cargo Cases

We see more than our fair share of subrogation cases involving work-related injuries caused by shifting and falling cargo. If a truck’s cargo is not properly loaded or secured, the resulting workers’ compensation claims can be significant. We routinely see …

Claims Business: Duck Creek, CSAA, Verisk and Davies

Duck Creek Offering ODG Treatment Guidelines Duck Creek Technologies is integrating commercial treatment guidelines commonly used for workers’ compensation and auto claims into its claims management program. The Boston-based tech company said in a press release that it has formed …

Opinion from Out-of-State Disability Rating Experts Inadmissible in Kentucky

Dr. Christopher Brigham website is not making an overstatement when it describes him as “one of the nation’s leading authorities on impairment and disability evaluation and management.” Brigham is the senior contributing editor for the sixth edition of the American …

US Supreme Court Declines to Review Minn. Ruling on Marijuana Use in Workers Comp

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a pair of decisions by the Minnesota Supreme Court that held employers cannot be required to reimburse workers for marijuana used to treat on-the-job injuries because the substance is illegal under …

Claims Business: Insight Risk, ClaimBender and Latitude Subrogation

New MGA Peddling Water Loss Sensors A New York City-based managing general agent is bundling builders risk insurance policies with sensors to detect leaks and prevent water damage, a significant source of claims. Insight Risk said when a contractor buys …