workers’ compensation News

‘Gig’ Economy May Not Be the Workforce of the Future

The “gig” economy might not be the new frontier for America’s workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as ideal for people who want the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs …

Texas City Drops Workers’ Comp Suit Against Firefighter With Cancer

The city of Austin, Texas, has dropped a lawsuit challenging the determination by state workers’ compensation officials and an appeals panel that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer is eligible for workers’ comp benefits. According to the Austin Firefighters Association, Lt. …

NCCI Examines $10M and up Mega Claims in Workers’ Comp

Mega workers’ comp claims – losses exceeding $10M – jumped in 2016, according to a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). According to Tony DiDonato, author of the research brief, it’s unclear if this is a …

Lighter, Cheaper Smart Clothing Shows Potential in Injury Rehab, Prevention

Clothing and footwear that detect human movement could soon become the preferred fashion choice for people recovering from injuries or trying to avoid them as the technology is becoming lighter and less expensive. A team of engineers at the University …

Scaffolding Collapse Kills 2 Workers Near Disney

Two construction workers fell to their deaths when scaffolding collapsed as they were pouring concrete on the seventh floor of a 16-story hotel under construction near Disney World early Wednesday, Orange County Sheriff’s officials said. The accident happened just outside …

California High Court Decision Limits Workers Right to Sue

The California Supreme Court on Thursday sided with employers in a fight over the right of workers to sue over treatment for injuries that occur on the job. Workers receiving medical care through the workers’ compensation insurance of their employer …

Study Looks at Polypharmacy Claims in California Workers’ Comp

A study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the likelihood that indemnity was paid on a workers’ comp claim increased with the number of concurrent prescriptions the injured worker was on. Concurrent use of multiple medications to treat one …

3 Types of Workers’ Comp Insurance Fraud and How to Prevent Them

Workers’ compensation insurance is a safety net for employees who are injured on the job, as well as for their employers. It pays for lost wages, medical expenses and other expenses and benefits incurred by an injured worker. Sometimes, however, …

Commentary: Small Changes Can Help Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

A major source of the opioid crisis is overprescribing by well-meaning doctors who want to relieve patients’ pain, but are insufficiently focused on the risks. Could behavioral economics help change that — and save lives? Almost 2 million Americans are …

Investigation and Claims Handling Strategies for Willful Misconduct Defense

Many, if not most, states have a no-fault workers’ compensation system that intends to provide employees with benefits regardless of who is to blame. This blame includes not only the employee’s own carelessness, but also the negligence of the employer. …