National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/10/2014)

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. WILG, MBA, AGs Discuss Workplace Safety Measures . New Study: Shiftworkers More Likely to Have Pro-Inflammatory Diets...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/24/2014)

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. CMS Changes Reporting Threshold for Liability Settlements, Judgments, Awards, Other Payments . RIMS Submits Recommendations...

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

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. ACOEM Targets 5 Things Doctors, Patients Should Question . US DOL Program to Help Some Miners Increase Chances of Black...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/17/2014)

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. Experience Modification Rate Can Lead to Higher WC Premiums, Lost Work Opportunities . State Counties With Highest Temp...

WA: Traveling Employee Rule Doesn’t Save Drunken Employee’s Dune Buggy Claim

A claims adjuster who had been assigned remote duties in connection with the devastation to Galveston Island caused by Hurricane Ike and who drank one evening to the point of intoxication did not remain within the scope of employment under the traveling employee doctrine, held a Washington appellate...

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

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Washington: Tasered Trooper’s Tort Action Against State Patrol Not Barred By Exclusive Remedy Rule

A Washington state appellate court held that the state’s exclusive remedy rule did not bar a trooper’s tort action alleging deliberate intentional infliction of “certain injury” sustained when he was “shot” with a Taser during police training. Denial of the state patrol’s...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/12/2014)

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 Announces “Balanced” Outlook for Current Workers’ Comp Industry . WCRI: Minimal Reduction in Long...

Washington: Board May Not Reject Structured Settlement Agreement Offered by Injured Worker Who Is Represented By Counsel

Since 2011, pursuant to Rev. Code Wash. § 51.04.063, an injured worker may, under some circumstances, waive lifetime workers' compensation benefits in exchange for a series of installment payments. Generally, the injured worker negotiates a claim resolution structured settlement agreement (CRSSA...

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;...

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 (7/7/2014)

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Washington: Reopening of Claim Allowed Since Employee Suffered Aggravation of Old Injury, Not New One

A Washington appellate court affirmed a decision that allowed the reopening of an employee’s workers’ compensation claim for a knee injury he suffered while working for his previous employer. The appellate court held that on the record presented, a reasonable jury could only conclude that...

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 (8/25/2014)

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 State of the Economy and Impact on Workers Comp Insurance . DEA to Publish Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone...

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...

Washington: Widow’s Wrongful Death Action for Husband’s Mesothelioma Barred by Exclusivity

Washington state courts may not use the “substantially certain” test to determine whether an employer’s actions against an injured worker were intentional, again held the Supreme Court of Washington in a split decision. Accordingly, a widow’s contention that her husband’s...

Washington: Gasoline Provided for Company Van Not Part of Injured Employee’s “Wages”

The value of gasoline provided to an employee for the employee’s use of a company van is not “fuel,” as that term is used in Wash. Rev. Code § 51.08.178, since it is not “critical to the worker’s health or survival,” held a Washington state appellate court. The...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/17/2014)

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 Comprehensive WC Financial Results for 2013, Estimates for 2014 . A.M. Best Reports Recent Improvement in...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/1/2014)

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. EEOC Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Screening of Job Applicants w/History of Carpal Tunnel . Experts Warn of Employer Use of...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/8/2014)

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 Reports 3 Million Workers Experienced Serious Injury or Illness on Job in 2013 . Three Compound Pharmacies Sue Express...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2015)

President Obama Signs Six-Year Extension of TRIA . President Obama Unveils Plan for Family Leave, Sick Days for Workers . Liberty Mutual 2014 Workplace Safety Index Lists Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries . NIOSH Examines Increased Risks of Birth Defects From Workplace Exposures . No Smoke...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/26/2014)

NCCI President & CEO Stephen J. Klingel Plans to Retire in 2016 . H.R. 436 Would Amend Longshore Act Definition of Recreational Vessels . AK: DWC Updates Online Benefit Calculator . AR: WCRI Releases New Predictors of Worker Outcomes . CA: Postponement Likely for Calderon’s Public...