This month's top workers' compensation claims articles and stories from CLM and Claims Pages.
Claims Pages Workers' Comp World
Coronavirus Tracking Tool
Compensability in the Age of Coronavirus
Examining potential workers compensation claims by looking at how courts have ruled on other diseases
CLM Magazine
COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has been designated a global health emergency and pandemic by the World Health Organization. Originating in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the disease has now spread across the globe and continues to spread throughout the United States.
While a majority of cases we have seen to date are relatively mild in terms of symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath), the disease is quite contagious, has caused a number of deaths globally, and is of higher risk to the elderly and individuals with underlying comorbidities.
Impact Of COVID-19 On Workers' Compensation Industry
Insurance Thought Leadership
There is much discussion right now on the impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will have on workers' compensation. Most of this discussion has focused on the potential for claims activity arising from the virus.
The determination of whether a communicable disease is "work-related" is a case-by-case evaluation. The large employers that I work with tend to retain risk on both their workers' compensation and employee benefits programs.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, a typical employer can save an average of $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year. The primary savings are the result of increased productivity, lower real estate costs, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and better disaster preparedness.

When Employees Work From Home: Workers Compensation And The Telecommuter
Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.
When employees work remotely from home or other locations, the normal rules of course and scope can become complicated and confusing. The same is true of subrogation potential. When the employee is injured in their home, subrogation targets tend to shrivel up and blow away.

Contact Eric Gilkey or Phil Gusman for more information on writing about workers' comp for CLM.

Liable or Not?
Analyzing Potential Liability For an Injured Job-Site Worker
CLM Magazine / April 2020
Imagine you're a general contractor patrolling the workplace of a construction project and you see a person fall from the scaffolding of a building. The person, an employee of the roofing subcontractor, is injured and sues you for negligence, claiming that you failed to maintain a safe workplace.
CLM COVID-19 Webinar Series
Connect With Claims Pages
Twitter    Instagram    Facebook    LinkedIn
Need Help?
Visit our website for more information about our products and services or click here for a web version of this newsletter. Unsubscribe