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  • Flash: BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

    In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors […]

  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

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    Virus could spur avalanche of tort and employment litigation

    The insurance industry is bracing for a tidal wave of claims related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In general, such claims are not going to be compensable “although that hasn’t stopped the hysteria of exposure claims,” according to attorney Dana Bennett. Workers’ comp claims might involve mental stress from being exposed to the virus. Courthouse News Service

     

    Pandemic hits police departments

    Nearly 690 officers and civilian employees at police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a survey of more than 40 law enforcement agencies, mostly in major cities. Mojave Valley Daily News

     

    Ohio seeing spike in workers’ comp claims due to coronavirus

    A growing number of Ohioans are already filing workers’ comp claims over the coronavirus. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp said the agency is also trying to help out businesses by extended deadlines to make payments for the next three months. Fox8 (Cleveland)

     

    Florida extends workers’ comp to ‘frontline state employees’

    Florida has started processing workers’ compensation claims from “frontline state employees” who said they contracted COVID-19 on the job, but whether that eligibility extends to “essential workers” remains uncertain. The state joined Washington and Kentucky in March in guaranteeing eligibility for quarantined first-responders and healthcare employees. The Center Square

     

    Connecticut relaxes deadlines for workers’ comp claims during pandemic

    The state of Connecticut has indefinitely extended deadlines for business before the state Workers Compensation Commission. The state’s panel of workers compensation commissioners remains intact, and indicated Tuesday it will continue to conduct hearings by telephone for existing claims and any new filings. New Haven Register