workers’ compensation News

WCRI Study Shows No Treatment Delays Caused by COVID, but Some Care Avoided

COVID-19 did not delay medical treatment for workers’ compensation claimants, but did decrease the amount of emergency care and other services provided to injured workers, a study released Thursday by the Workers’ Compensation Institute concludes. Research by WCRI economist Olesya …

Moody’s Says COVID-19 Impact on P&C Insurance Sector Was ‘Moderate’

Neither COVID-19 nor legislation enacted because of it has seriously harmed the creditworthiness of the property and casualty insurance sector, according to a report released by Moody’s Investors Service on Friday. Businesses have filed about 1,700 business-interruption claims because of …

Wisconsin High Court Rejects Bull Attack Compensation Claims

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who fell into depression and attempted suicide after he was gored by a bull can’t sue an insurance company for deciding to stop covering his medication, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. According to …

Claims People: CorVel, Crawford & Co., Testan Law

CorVel Appoints Area VP for Calif. CorVel Corp. appointed Joseph Rupp as area vice president for California. He will supervise product and employee performance with a focus on meeting and exceeding market profit and revenue goals, the Irvine, Calif.-based claims …

NCCI: Workers’ Comp Line Thrives Despite COVID-19

The workers’ compensation line powered through the COVID-19 pandemic last year, generating an average profit of 24% while carriers built up $14 billion in “redundant reserves,” the National Council on Compensation Insurance said Tuesday during its virtual Annual Issues Symposium. …

Viewpoint: Virtual Care May Become New Standard in Workers’ Comp

Claims and care management changed radically during the pandemic. We had to adapt to caring for patients with a previously unknown disease, face the potential of infection in the workplace, deal with a tidal shift to remote work, and handle …

WCRI: No Meaningful Delays in Work Comp Medical Care Despite Covid-19

Despite potential obstacles posed by the coronavirus pandemic, injured workers experienced no meaningful delays in access to medical treatment under their employers’ workers’ compensation programs during the pandemic. Research from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also shows that states …

N.J. Supreme Upholds Order to Reimburse Work Comp Claimant for Marijuana

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a construction company to reimburse a workers’ compensation claimant for marijuana that was prescribed to relieve his back pain caused by a work injury. The high court rejected M&K Construction’s argument that …

N.Y. High Court: No Lump Sum Award Owed to Estate of Deceased Worker

New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that the estate of a deceased injured worker with no dependents, who died from causes unrelated to his work injury, is entitled only to the permanent disability benefits he would have received while alive, …

Tech Startups Bringing the Power of Applied Analytics to Potential Plaintiffs

Lee Fogle reached down to save his 12-lb. Yorkshire terrier Nemo as a pit bull lunged forward. The attacking dog’s jaws clamped onto his left hand, sending him to a clinic for sutures and starting a 10-month-long insurance battle. “It …