News Digest 8-13-2020


Flash: Bureau: 2021 Workers’ Comp Rate Increase

It’s ugly. The California workers’ comp bureau approved its plans for a 2021 workers’ comp rate filing and the outcome is significantly different from what the employer and labor representatives recommended. Some say unfair. What will be the final impact on rates? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive


California: Central Valley man charged with falsely claiming stabbing was work-related

A 23-year-old Atwater, California construction worker who claimed that stab wounds suffered in a fight he started were work-related faces an insurance fraud charge, according to the California Department of Insurance. The Merced County District Attorney’s Office alleges he filed a workers’ compensation claim with his employer and provided false statements about the incident. Merced Sun-Star [with audio]


California: Bakersfield dental office employee arrested for failing to pay restitution

An employee of a Bakersfield, California dental office has been arrested after failing to pay back funds stolen through her and her husband’s alleged submission of dozens of fraudulent dental insurance claim forms for services she or her family never received. 23 ABC News (Bakersfield, Calif.)


Delaware court upholds denial of workers’ comp for medical cannabis

The Delaware Superior Court has ruled that compensability of medical marijuana costs for a workers’ compensation claim turns on an individualized inquiry of whether such treatment is reasonable and necessary, and not whether the use of medical cannabis is permissible under state law. JD Supra


Man injured lifting scale settles workers’ comp suit for $3.22M

A hotel maintenance supervisor who became paraplegic after he lifted a laundry scale while at work has confidentially settled a workers’ compensation lawsuit against his employer’s insurance carrier for $3.22 million, the man’s attorneys report. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly