Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ex corrections officer charged with workers comp fraud while injured off-duty officer denied benefits

A former Department of Correction officer in Massachusetts has been arraigned on a charge of fraudulently collecting workers’ comp benefits, while a motorcycle police officer in Montgomery, AL, is being denied workers’ comp benefits because when he was injured in … Continue reading

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Cries of ‘lies’ over workers’ comp charge campaigns in two states

We’ve seen workers’ comp issues become political footballs, but usually in states facing some sort of change in the system. California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Washington state come to mind. However, in the West Virginia race that will determine the elected … Continue reading

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HR folks need to be aware of ‘long-tail’ secondary injuries

Boy, howdy, talk about jargon. Look at this piece, posted Oct. 26 with the unlikely hed, “The ‘Long Tail’ of On-the-Job Injuries.” If you don’t get that on first read, don’t feel bad. Who would, given the buzz-word connotations of  … Continue reading

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Benchmark study shows Montana with highest workers’ comp rates; some providers stung by unemployment

This might seem an odd way to rank something. Normally, when we say something is Number One, that’s a good thing. Not in this case. As ranked in a biennial study by an Oregon state consumer agency, Alaska and Montana … Continue reading

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Revised reforms drag on in California; I-1082 divides workers comp community in Washington State

In the 1960s, a popular interoffice cartoon depicted a beleaguered bureaucrat with an S-shaped piece of paper, a pen dripping with what might be either ink or blood, and the caption, “You mean you want the revised revision of the … Continue reading

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Workers comp policy sales fell in ’09; judge rejects RICO claims–again

When you see a headline such as “Workers comp premiums drop fifth straight year: Analysis” in this Oct. 4 Business Insurance post, your first thought might be, “Oh, good–my employer’s costs for workers comp are going down.” But such is … Continue reading

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