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FOX News - The government’s program for disability benefits for federal workers is rife with waste and abuse, according to a three part series in the Washington Examiner. The series documents many cases of apparently healthy young federal workers feasting at the disability trough. One ran marathons while collecting disability. Another hauled in $142,000 in disability payments for a neck injury — all while buying a boat called "Free Ride," travelling the world, doing trapeze flips on a Club Med vacation and enjoying snow skiing and scuba diving. "For some workers, they can actually make more take-home pay by going on disability than they could if they stayed on the job, " says Mark Flatten, an investigative reporter for the Examiner.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
New Philadelphia Times Reporter - A Dennison man has been convicted of workers’ compensation fraud after he was found working while receiving workplace injury benefits. Steven Gooding pleaded guilty to the crime and was ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $22,000. BWC’s Special Investigations Department in Cambridge received an allegation from a managed care organization indicating Gooding may be working a part-time job while receiving temporary total disability compensation for a workplace injury.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NBC News - A morning explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical plant Thursday has drawn emergency response, and authorities say more than two dozen people could have been injured in the blast. The explosion took place at Williams Chemical Plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana State Police said, and a fire after the explosion appeared to be contained in the plant. Twenty-five people sustained unspecified injuries, said Paige Hargrove, executive director of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. There are no confirmed fatalities and no official count on the injured, said Jared Sadifer, a state police spokesman.
Friday, June 14, 2013 - A 19-year-old woman was hit by lightning that struck a nearby tree during storms on Thursday morning. Sgt. Brownfield, with the Cecil County Sheriff said that a 19-year-old intern of the Plumpton Park Zoo was hit with lightning after it struck a tree 30 feet away while at work on Thursday morning. A Cecil County EMS representative said that when the EMS crew arrived the woman was in cardiac arrest and they used CPR to bring her back.
Friday, June 14, 2013 - An Iowa City pharmacist is disputing allegations that he improperly received $1.6 million in insurance claims for expensive drugs to treat hemophilia. Michael Stein pleaded not guilty Monday to federal fraud charges. He operates Pharmacy Matters, which has locations in Iowa City and North Liberty. An indictment alleges Stein filed fraudulent claims seeking reimbursement from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2008. It says he signed an agreement to give a Florida pharmacy access to customers in the Wellmark network in exchange for compensation.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Yahoo Sports - An elevator mechanic was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a counterweight while working in a shaft at the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, state officials said. Donald White, 63, was found dead shortly before 7 a.m. at the bottom of the shaft, said officials with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. White had worked as an elevator mechanic for more than 40 years and was employed by Schindler Elevator Corp., a subcontractor for the stadium’s general contractor, Turner-Devcon.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Business Insurance - Web News - Exclusive remedy rules prevent a contract employee whose arm was amputated in an on-the-job accident from suing the city he was working for at the time, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled. Elbert Johnson worked for Fort Worth, Texas-based Magnum Staffing Services Inc., which provided staff to the city of Bellaire, Texas. Mr. Johnson lost his arm in 2008 when he was riding on the back of a garbage truck for Bellaire, and a sudden turn caused his arm to become trapped in the mechanism, according to court records. Mr. Johnson, who received benefits through Magnum's workers compensation policy, sued Bellaire and the city employee who was driving the garbage truck at the time of the accident. The city argued that exclusive remedy provisions barred Mr. Johnson's negligence suit, but Mr. Johnson contended that he was a borrowed employee who could not be covered by Bellaire's workers comp fund for “paid” employees.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Insurance Journal - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV’s “The Price Is Right” even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told The Fayetteville Observer that Cathy Wrench Cashwell pleaded guilty before a U.S. magistrate in Greenville. She’ll be sentenced later.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Insurance Journal - Officials in Rhode Island are creating a new position to prosecute fraud in the state’s unemployment and workers’ compensation program. The state’s Department of Labor and Training announced the new position on Monday. The prosecutor will be tasked with rooting out cases in which individuals wrongfully receive unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Insurance Journal - A Wisconsin appeals court says a Milwaukee bus driver who chased down a passenger who used a racial slur and spat on him is entitled to workers’ compensation. Bus driver Isaac Bracey hurt himself soon after getting off his bus to pursue the passenger. Court documents say Bracey suffered a permanent partial disability affecting his ankle and knee. Bracey and the labor review commission sued after the bus company, Milwaukee Transport Services, refused to pay Bracey’s lost wages, medical expenses and disability payments.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
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