National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/9/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS: Insurance Expert Lists Strategies for Battling Prescription Drug Abuse . NCCI Posts Calendar...

The World According to Marsh: Workers’ Comp Industry Insiders Review the Lay of the Land for 2014

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP When it comes to gaining insight in order to assess risk, it’s...

Virginia: Employee’s Large Feet Help Establish His Claim

A Virginia appellate court recently affirmed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that awarded benefits to a convenience store employee who claimed he sustained a severe fracture of the foot when he stepped down from a stool after stocking his shelves in the store’s...

Virginia: Real Estate Developer Is Subject to Wrongful Death Action for Contractor’s Employee

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia held that the trial court erred when it sustained a plea in bar and dismissed a wrongful death action filed against a property owner by the estate of a general contractor’s employee who was killed in a construction accident. The majority held that...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/10/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Travelers Becomes Largest WC Insurer, Liberty Mutual Falls to Second Place . Benign Neglect: Is Failure to Follow Doc's...

Virginia: Even After Modifying Vehicle for Wheelchair, Employer Still Responsible for Transportation to Med Appointments

A Virginia appellate court held that an employer was required to provide transportation to medical appointments for a permanently impaired employee who was wheelchair dependent in spite of the fact that it had earlier paid to modify the employee’s vehicle to accommodate his condition. Citing Larson’s...

Virginia: Light-Duty Employee Entitled to Disability Benefits During Furlough Periods

Where a construction worker returned to light duty after a work-related accident but due to “the vagaries of the construction industry,” his employer furloughed virtually all its employees for undefined periods of time, with the expectation that the employees would be hired anew once additional...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/14/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Insurance Expert Predicts Growth Drivers for Workers Comp in a Sluggish Economy . NCCI Posts 2014 Workers Comp Issues...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/28/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Drug Monitoring, Interventions Decrease Opioid Use by Injured Workers . Brandeis Univ. Releases Report on PDMP, Third...

Virginia: Civil Penalty When Uninsured for Workers’ Compensation Will Significantly Increase Effective July 1, 2014

Richmond, Virginia, May 21, 2014: The 2014 General Assembly approved an increase in the civil penalty imposed when an employer required to insure under the Workers’ Compensation Act fails to insure. An employer is required by state law to insure in Virginia when they regularly employ more than...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/27/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NCCI Posts Webinar for State of the Workers’ Comp Line 2014 . Seven Percent of Medical Claims Contained Errors;...

Virginia: Firefighter’s Presumption Requires Entitlement to “Some Form of Economic Indemnity”

In an opinion not designated for publication, a Virginia appellate court affirmed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that held a retired firefighter-medic was not entitled to utilize the state’s “firefighter’s presumption” in connection with...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/30/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. More Doctors Reviewing Injured Worker’s Genetic Makeup When Prescribing Drugs . Mark Walls Joins Safety National...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/28/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. OSHA Chief Says Workplace Inequality Isn’t Just Wages, It’s Workplace Hazards . EEOC New Guidelines on Pregnancy...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/11/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Temp Labor Market Expected to Grow 7% in 2015 . New DOL Rule on Black Lung Now in Effect as of August 1 . Sixth Circuit...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/18/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. WILG to Honor Steven M. Birnbaum With 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award . Insurers Complain About Sky-High Prices Charged...

Virginia: UPS Driver Awarded Benefits for PTSD Caused by Encounter With Murdered Customer

A Virginia appellate court affirmed an award of benefits to a UPS driver who claimed he had suffered from work-related PTSD. Acknowledging that in Virginia, a claimant may recover workers' compensation benefits for a purely psychological injury, provided the injury is causally related to a sudden...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/15/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Improving WC Market Drives NCCI Recommendations for Rate Cuts in 15 States . Self-Funded Health Care Plans for Small...

Virginia: Wrongful Death Action Related to Death of Police Recruit From Blow to Head in Training Barred by Exclusivity

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the dismissal of a widow’s wrongful death action filed against the chief of police of the City of Norfolk and other police officials following the death of her husband, who died after receiving several blows to the head during his training as a recruit at...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/22/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NCCI Examines Medicare Set-Asides and Workers Compensation . NCCI to Recommend More Decreases in Workers Comp Rates for...

Virginia: Employee Sustaining Unexplained Fall Enjoys No Presumption of Compensability

A Virginia appellate court affirmed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that denied benefits to an employee who sustained injuries when he fell from the bed of a pickup truck while delivering airplane parts for his employer. The employee, who apparently landed on his...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/10/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. A.M. Best Reports Workers’ Comp Line Has Third Straight Year of Improvement . Investigation Looks at “Knock...

Virginia: Unusual Height of Platform Means “Step-Down” Injury Is Compensable

In a decision that has not been designated for publication, the Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a worker who injured his right knee, back, and right hip when he allegedly slipped while stepping down from a platform about fifteen and one-half inches...

Virginia: Worker Fails to Prove Mysterious Fall Was Caused by Employment Conditions

A Virginia employee could not recover workers’ compensation benefits for injuries she sustained when she fell backwards while sitting on a brick wall where she had been resting, held a state appellate court; she had failed to prove that the injury arose out of her employment. Testimony that the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/15/2014)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher Where Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regs, No Fee Schedules . NCCI Develops Proof of WC...