Massachusetts: Between Insurers, Payment of Benefits Is No Waiver of Right to Contest Coverage

Massachusetts: Between Insurers, Payment of Benefits Is No Waiver of Right to Contest Coverage

A Massachusetts appellate court held that an insurer's assumption of payment does not purport to constitute a waiver of its right to contest coverage with respect to another insurer.  Accordingly, where the first insurer initially evaluated the matter as a recurrence claim and paid benefits, that payment did not alter the liability of a second insurer for the claim once the employee's injury was adjudicated a new injury, held the court.  The Board of Review had substantial equitable powers.  The appellate court added that any other construction of the successive insurer rule would undermine the ameliorative purpose of the workers’ compensation statute, which was to ensure that the worker was not adversely affected by a dispute between carriers as to coverage.

Reported by Thomas A. Robinson, J.D.

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See Bolduc’s Case, 2013 Mass. App. LEXIS 176 (Dec. 4, 2013) [2013 Mass. App. LEXIS 176 (Dec. 4, 2013)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 153.01 [153.01]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.



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