workers’ compensation News

Hawaii Panda Express Worker Sustains Burns After Explosion

An employee at a Hawaii Panda Express was taken to the hospital for burn injuries following a suspected gas explosion at the restaurant. Several businesses in the Kona Commons shopping center were evacuated Monday because of the explosion, West Hawaii …

Injury Rates Spike at Coal Giant’s West Virginia Mines

Injury rates have more than doubled at five West Virginia coal mines acquired by Murray Energy Corp. in 2013, according to a Reuters review of federal data, as the firm sharply increased the amount of coal produced per manhour. Although …

Families Want Justice in Oilfield Workplace Lawsuits

Brenda Austin was worried when her son, Casey, told her he planned to work in North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield in early 2013. “Don’t worry. I’ll be in a safe spot,” he told her when he left their Mandan home for …

Lockton: Higher Costs Associated With Denied Workers’ Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation claim denial rates increased a little over one percent between 2014 and 2017, according to a white paper published earlier this year by Lockton. The increase is significant because of the increased costs associated with denied claims. The …

New Mexico Appeals Court Says Employee Owed Workers’ Comp

An employee that tripped and fell at work is owed workers’ compensation benefits despite his employer’s argument that the accident didn’t arise our of and in the course of his work, according to a recent ruling by the New Mexico …

California Train Agency Fined $650,000 for Worker Deaths

Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission …

Kansas Workers’ Comp Rates Decline for 5th Straight Year

For the fifth consecutive year, many Kansas business owners will pay less for workers’ compensation insurance again in 2019, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “With another rate decrease, Kansas companies will potentially have more money to …

NCCI: ACA Had No Major Impact on Monday Workers’ Comp Claims

A new research brief released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) examines Monday claims –claims of worker injuries thought to be unrelated to their jobs and likely happening on the weekend – and whether the Affordable Care Act …

The Art of Creating a Physician Peer Review Panel

Creating a physician peer review panel is like solving a puzzle – it comes together only after reviewing the landscape, discerning what is important, and identifying what resources are available. As in most industries, a problem or opportunity in the …

Texas Workers’ Comp Study Finds Worker Access to Medical Care Improved

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported in a newly released study that access to medical care for injured workers has improved slightly and that a high rate of doctors who treat workers’ comp patients has remained …