workers’ compensation News

Viewpoint: Anticipated Coronavirus Claims Scenarios Across Major Coverage Lines

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed over the past several months, participants in the insurance industry have recognized the likelihood of a resulting increase in claims volume. Much of the early focus has been on the ramifications to insurers that …

Viewpoint: Empathy, Compassion and Confidence for Better Outcomes

Humanitarianism deals with actively working to improve the happiness and welfare of others. The concepts of humanitarianism and advocacy are actually integral to the workers’ compensation industry, as we’re in the unique position to offer solutions that are truly win-win …

Analysis: Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study we published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …

Virus Impact on Comp Limited; Some Insurers Pledge to Cover Medical and Emergency Workers

The outbreak of coronavirus has already resulted in some workers’ compensation claims and more are expected. But whether those claims are going to succeed depends on the individual circumstances and in which state the infection occurred. While compensability issues will …

Uber’s Challenge to Balance Driver Safety With Customer Privacy

NEW YORK — Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only …

Iowa Court Drastically Cuts Insurer’s Payment to Paralyzed Worker

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing …

Business News: CWCI, Cowbell Cyber and Chubb

Fee Schedule Change Shifted Spending to Primary Care California’s conversion of its fee schedule to the system used by Medicare increased the share of dollars spent on primary care while reducing the share spent on specialists, meeting a key goal …

Connecticut Reports Increase in Workplace-Related Deaths

The number work-related deaths in Connecticut in 2018 was the highest it’s been since 2010, according to the state Department of Labor. The agency said 48 people lost their lives to work-related injuries in 2018, the latest year for which …

Worker Who Blames Carrier for Suicide Attempt Can’t Sue in Tort

An injured worker may not pursue a tort claim against a workers’ compensation carrier that he accuses of negligence by denying payment for antidepressants, prompting him to attempt suicide, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled. The court’s District III on …

Two So. Cal. Men Accused of $20 Million Work Comp Kickback Scheme

A pair of California men have been charged with multiple felonies in an alleged $20 million workers’ compensation kickback scheme. Bradley Dean Groscost, 59, of Westminster, and Felix Koltsov, 57, of Beverly Hills, surrendered last week to the Orange County …