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Court Rules in Favor of Workers’ Comp for Nurse Injured While Glancing at Cellphone While Driving

October 10, 2011
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A nurse who momentarily glanced down at her cellphone to see if her employer was calling is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered in an automobile accident, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled.
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State Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Workers' Comp Cases

October 6, 2011
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The state guidelines are called for because workers with relatively minor workplace injuries are ending up addicted or dying from overdoses.
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Insurers Contend Medical Marijuana Should not get Workers’ Comp Funding

October 6, 2011
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Last week, legislation that would prohibit auto insurers from funding claims for medical marijuana was passed by Michigan’s Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to go before the full state Senate, an Insurance Institute of Michigan spokeswoman said.
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Court: Prior-Approval Rule Does not Require Payment for Claims Unrelated to Workers' Comp

October 6, 2011
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Georgia's State Board of Workers' Compensation says insurers and self-insurers must notify medical providers of whether they will pay for a procedure within five days of receiving a pre-approval request. If the deadline is missed, payment is considered to be approved automatically by the insurer.
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Many States Contemplate How to Compensate

October 4, 2011
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Several states made significant changes to their compensation laws this year—and more changes could be on the way.
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NFL’s Detroit Lions Support Michigan’s Proposed Workers’ Comp Reforms

October 4, 2011
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The legislation takes aim at a loophole in the National Football League’s collective bargaining agreement, which allows players to file workers’ compensation claims in states where their teams are not based. In particular, California law allows players to make a claim in California if they have played at least one game in the state.
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Michigan Insurers Seek to Bar Workers' Comp Funding of Medical Marijuana

September 28, 2011
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A bill already moving through the state legislature would prohibit auto insurers from paying for medical marijuana as part of medical claims resulting from accidents, which some car insurers have already done because of uncertainty over requirements under Michigan's medical marijuana law.
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'Psychic' Injury Victim in Robbery not Due Workers' Comp

September 22, 2011
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The April 2008 robbery at the Morrisville, Pennsylvania, business occurred while the claimant worked the night shift. Neither he nor a co-worker was physically injured, the court opinion states.
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Decrease in Workers’ Compensation Rate Sought for Colorado

September 16, 2011
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NCCI Holdings Inc. is seeking an average decrease of 9.3 percent in workers’ compensation rates for 2010 coverage in Colorado.
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SEC Charges Former Workers’ Compensation Executives With Fraud

September 16, 2011
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged five men with defrauding shareholders of $30 million from a now-defunct employee leasing company that provided workers’ compensation insurance and other services to employers in 32 states.
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