News Digest 10-3-2019


Flash: Applied Underwriters—Is the Sale in Trouble?

Applied Underwriters missed a key deadline in its plan to break off from Berkshire Hathaway and millions of dollars are now at risk. What’s the latest in the controversial deal? Workers’ Comp Executive


Arizona: Chandler firefighters dealing with workers’ comp cancer battles

The city of Glendale, Arizona says a decision to accept or deny a firefighter’s workers’ compensation cancer claim is based on the results of a medical evaluation performed by a physician selected by the third-party administrator. Several firemen who are battling cancer describe the daunting workers’ comp claim process. KTAR (Phoenix) [with video]


Iowa workers’ comp claimants face delays in getting hearing dates

Injured Iowans seeking workers’ compensation are waiting longer to get their hearing dates as the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission transitions to a new online case management system, and a moratorium on scheduling new hearings will likely continue for another four to six weeks, according to the agency’s commissioner. Daily Iowegian


West Virginia justices side with miner in workers’ comp claim

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a coal miner’s claim for workers’ compensation related to his back and shoulder injuries. A treating physician had concluded the claimant had suffered a six-percent total loss of function and imposed restrictions on his range of activities. West Virginia Record


Judge allows ex-chem plant employee’s retaliation claim to continue

A federal judge has allowed lawsuit filed by an employee, who injured his back while running a resin mixer in 2015, against a Philadelphia chemical manufacturing company, to continue. The employee claims his job was terminated as retaliation for making several workplace complaints. Pennsylvania Record


Illinois: Who covers workers’ comp after a merger?

An Illinois appellate court earlier this month recently addressed whether a company was obligated to give a trucker a workers’ comp payout after it merged with another company. Land Line