Infographic: Injury in the workplace, college edition

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City of Los Angeles guilty of overpaying workers’ comp claims

Want more evidence that our state’s worker’s comp system is defunct? Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel released a statement in April saying the city has maintained a poor record when it comes to tracking and paying out workers’ compensation claims. The loss of control has led to millions of dollars of overpayments. After the city conducted an audit  of its...

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Comments from the San Diego U-T on workers’ comp reform: Pro athletes need not collect

It comes as no surprise to learn that yet another workers’ compensation battle has taken the spotlight in California, with pro athletes being the primary concern.  The San Diego Union Tribune published a piece in early April on workers’ compensation and the need for reform when it comes to professional athletes and their ability to collect. Professional athletes have...

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Nonprofit organization recommends hold off on midyear uptick for workers’ comp rates

California business owners will likely applaud the nonprofit organization, Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California, now that it has not recommended a midyear base rate increase for the Golden State. The story originally reported at the Sacramento Business Journal says the San Francisco-based group made the midyear recommendation rate advisory to...

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Car accidents the leading cause of high-severity workers’ comp claims

In an updated report from the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI), car accidents were found to be the leading cause of high-severity workers’ compensation injuries. Even positions like clerical workers have experienced a rise in car accident-related traffic accidents. Traffic accidents while on the job were attributed to distraction, speeding, and alcohol...

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Insurance carriers unsure about workers comp reform in California

    A new report at the Insurance Journal says that insurance carriers are uncertain about the future of California’s workers’ comp reform. Since the new law is slated to take effect at the start of the new year, carriers are unsure whether the new law will save state spending, containing the unruly workers’ comp system that has historically burdened the...

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“Good old-fashioned” detective work solves workers’ comp fraud case

When it comes to resolving workers’ comp fraud cases, sometimes all it takes is detective work. That’s what Maryann Lazernik of State Fund did, according to reports at Insurance Journal. Lazernik, equipped with 25 years of experience in workers’ comp insurance, developed her detective skills when she began working with claims at major accounts several years...

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Fresno commercial floor care business owners indicted on workers’ comp fraud

Three business owners, Osvaldo Molina, 40, Fortino Galeno, 46, and Alicio Galeno, 41, have been indicted and arrested for workers’ compensation premium fraud, WorkersCompensation.com is reporting. Molina and Galeno, the owners of a Fresno-based commercial floor care company, were also indicted and convicted for charges of tax evasion and grand theft according to the...

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California State Fund Board drops workers’ comp rates

The California State Compensation Insurance Fund board passed a 7 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates which will take effect on Jan 1. 2013. The news is a step in the right direction for workers’ comp reform in California, and follows on the heels of Senate Bill 863 which aimed to fix loopholes in our failed workers’ compensation system. But despite its...

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California to lower workers’ comp rates?

Rumor has it that, if all goes well in a vote by the State Compensation Insurance Fund, the state of California may see a workers’ comp rate decrease. The news follows on the heels of the recent Senate Bill 863 which aimed to reform critical loopholes in the state’s workers’ comp system. The vote is pending any new regulations that will implement following the...

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1 in 12 injured workers addicted to prescription meds

A new study tells us that one in 12 injured workers’ are addicted to pain killers after being prescribed the medication by physicians. But the doctors are under the spotlight in this case for lack of follow up, leading to the potential for addiction, CBS News is reporting. The study was conducted by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute and it found that many...

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Nurse reaching into handbag not qualified for workers’ comp insurance

A nurse will not be receiving workers’ compensation benefits after filing a claim because she was injured while reaching into her handbag. The woman normally brought her purse with her to work every day. There, she kept her personal belongings such as lotions, wallet, and other personal items. When she reached into the bag, she scratched her finger on a fastener. The...

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