Insurance Journal - The New Jersey Supreme Court this week ruled that when police and firefighters get hurt handling an emergency, they can sue and win compensation if negligence contributed to the injury. The unanimous decision by New Jersey’s highest court found that a 1993 state law effectively abolished the so-called "firefighters’ rule,’’ which barred emergency personnel from winning damages from an irresponsible property owner.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Business Insurance - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday signed the workers compensation reform package passed by legislators last week. Among other things, the law calls for increasing weekly benefits for injured workers and capping the length of time they are eligible to receive permanent partial disability benefits.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research - The vast majority of injured workers in California have access to quality medical care, according to a new study conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. Released Friday, the report is the first comprehensive evaluation of injured workers’ access to care since legislation went into effect in 2004 to reform the state’s workers’ compensation system. The study also showed that the majority of injured workers are satisfied with their care, and levels of satisfaction appear unchanged from a similar study done in 1998.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Business Insurance - Most California workers injured on the job receive quality medical attention, concludes the state’s first comprehensive study of workers compensation health care since reforms took effect in 2004. The workers comp reforms required the introduction of evidence-based medicine and treatment guidelines, but those measures have not reduced the quality of available care.
Monday, February 26, 2007
American Insurance Association - A Florida intermediate appellate court has found that retroactive application of Florida’s asbestos and silica medical criteria law is constitutional. AIA had joined with other trade associations in filing an amicus brief supporting the law.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Insurance Journal - Workers’ compensation reform legislation has helped to reduce physical therapy and chiropracting manipulation in California, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. CWCI recently completed a study analyzing changes in medical utilization and payments for outpatient services in California workers’ compensation following the adoption of Medical Fee Schedule revisions that occurred in 2002-2004.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Business Insurance - A state judge has upheld a workers compensation reform law supported by employers and adopted by Missouri lawmakers in 2005. Among other changes, the law modified the definition of a compensable accident to include events where work is the "prevailing" factor contributing to an injury instead of a "substantial" factor.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. - Work-related injuries due to traffic accidents are high-cost and are a growing share of the workers compensation loss costs. Motor vehicle accidents are more severe than average workers compensation claims and they are more likely to create lost-time claims for employers.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Insurance Journal - California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has announced that the mileage rate that workers’ compensation claims administrators pay injured workers for travel related to medical treatment or evaluation of their injuries will increase beginning Jan. 1, 2007.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Business Insurance - In a 6-1 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the use of nonlawyer representatives by employers in workers compensation cases does not constitute an unauthorized practice of law. They found that work performed by a third-party administrator’s nonattorney staff falls within limitations for nonattorney practice established by the Ohio Industrial Commission.
Friday, December 08, 2006