workers’ compensation News

Business People: Anti-Fraud Coalition, CRU Group, Liberty Co., Transcom

Fraud Fighting Group Names New Leader The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud announced that its general counsel, Matthew J. Smith, has been promoted to executive director. Smith replaces Dennis Jay, who retired after serving as executive director since the coalition was …

Business News: Helmsman Management, MedRisk and Midwest Employers

Helmsman Completes Acquisition of Eberle Vivian Liberty Mutual’s wholly-owned third-party administrator, Helmsman Management Services, announced that it has closed on a deal to acquire Eberle Vivian Inc., a workers’ compensation claims administrator that serves the Pacific Northwest. Eberle Vivian, based …

Idaho Supreme Court Sides with Family of Worker Killed

The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling allowing the family of a Caldwell worker who died on the job to sue the employer for wrongful death. Generally workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for employees who are killed …

‘Marine Terminal’ Included Adjacent Tank Farm, Worker Owed Longshore Benefits

A worker whose primary job duty was to unload oil products from vessels is eligible for federal Longshore and Harbor Act benefits, even though he was transferring product from one storage tank to another at the time he injured his …

Uber Accused of Cheating the Public in Driver’s Suit Over Pay

Uber Technologies Inc. faces a new legal attack on its refusal to treat drivers as employees that depicts the company as mistreating not just them but the public at large. A lawyer who’s been fighting the ride-hailing giant in court …

Claim Survives Because of W.V. Statute that Limits Exclusions for Borrowed Vehicles

Workers’ compensation immunity doesn’t shield an insurer from liability for injuries caused by someone who was borrowing the employer’s truck, and neither do exclusions in the policy, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court found that workers’ …

Work Comp Insurers Find Doctors Willing to Bend When Asked to Curb Opioid Use

Workers’ compensation insurers are reporting dramatic reductions in opioid use by injured workers. In some cases, all it took was asking doctors to stop renewing prescriptions. A peer-reviewed study by Mitchell International and Utah’s WCF Mutual Insurance Co. found that …

Warehouses Are Tracking Workers’ Every Muscle Movement

Every morning when he goes to work in the freezer room of a warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, Jack Westley throws on a hooded sweatshirt to keep warm and grabs a radio to talk to his coworkers. He was recently given …

Court Allows Suit Alleging ‘Outrageous Conduct’ by AIG and Coventry to Proceed

An Alabama appellate court has cleared the way for a lawsuit that alleges outrageous and fraudulent conduct by American International Group and Coventry against a worker who was injured in an explosion and sought psychological care. The Court of Civil …

CRU Group, HomeCare Connect and ATF Medical Announce Appointments

CRU Group Appoints VP for Southeast Region CRU Group Adjusting Services, a Toronto-based independent adjusting firm with offices in the U.S. and Canada, has appointed Tim Lalaian as vice president for its Southeast Region. Lalaian is responsible for CRU Group’s …