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SC: DOI Approves WC Loss Cost Filing Decrease

Columbia, SC (CompNewsNetwork) - Scott H. Richardson, Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, announced today that the Department has reviewed and approved a Workers’ Compensation Voluntary Market Loss Costs and Rating Values Filing, submitted by the National Council on Compensation...

Pulling the Plug on Four Unnecessary WC Costs

Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - According to the National Safety Council’s 2010 edition of "Injury Facts," preliminary data showed the number of disabling unintentional injuries reached 3.2 million in 2008, translating into 110 million lost workdays (70 million from injuries) and an...

California Department of Industrial Relations Regulations: Update and Comments

The development and implementation of regulations is a complex and time consuming process. However they are just as important as the laws when it comes to making the system work well and reducing unnecessary expenses. I recommend that you as an individual or your organization (or its system representatives...

Diabetes Epidemic in America as Cost Driver in the Workers’ Comp System

Stuart D. Colburn, a Shareholder of Downs Stanford in Austin, Texas, analyzes the impact of the diabetes epidemic in America, one of the primary cost drivers in the workers’ compensation system. To view his slide presentation on this topic, click here .

OR: WC Premium Rate Will Decrease Again In 2011

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The workers’ compensation “pure” premium rate will decrease 1.8 percent in 2011, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This rate has not increased since 1990 and has decreased nearly 13 percent since 2006. Oregon employers...

Emerging Trend at California WCAB: Sanctions & Costs

Recently, the WCAB imposed sanctions (sometimes on its own motion) and awarded costs for actions and tactics noted in Labor Code §5813 and described in more detail under Rule 10561 (which I invite you to review). Labor Code §5813 says: “(a) The workers’ compensation referee or...

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (3/25/2011)

Larson's Spotlight on Preferred Provider Organization, Exclusive Remedy, Physician Testimony, Temporary Partial Disability, and Jurisdiction. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation...

California: What Actions, If Any, Should Be Taken When We Are Still Getting Medical Reports From Out-Of-Network Physicians?

LIVING IN A POST VALDEZ WORLD HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHETHER WE HAVE A DEFENSE? Please recall the WCAB En Banc decision in Valdez v. Warehouse Demo Services/Zurich [ADJ7048296] where on 4/20/11, the WCAB Commissioners, with two partially dissenting opinions, held that where unauthorized medical treatment...

California EAMS: Compliance With QME Regulations

New Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) regulations were issued on Feb. 17, 2009. These regulations provide helpful guidance for both attorneys and doctors on how to obtain the highest quality evaluations for injured workers. Compliance with these regulations will ensure that once the case goes to trial...

Workplace Wellness and On-site Chiropractic Services: Is There a Chiropractor in the House?

By Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including most commonly sprains and strains, accounted for a whopping 33 percent of all workplace injury and illness cases as well as one-third of all the days-away-from-work cases in 2013...

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Workers Continue to Decline While Employer Costs Rise

Study Finds Benefits as a Share of Payroll Approach Lowest in Three Decades WASHINGTON, D.C – Workers’ compensation benefits as a share of payroll for injured workers continue to decline even as employment grows and overall employer costs increase, according to a new report from the National...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (10/28/2015)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 10 October 2015 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2016)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period January through June 2016. The list features a number of decisions addressing utilization review time deadlines and reporting requirements, several...