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  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • San Francisco: SF Muni bus drivers call out assaults, indifference

    A group of public transportation drivers recently met with the media to relay horror stories about being physically and verbally assaulted while on the job, and what they call the failure of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to adequately protect them and respond after they are assaulted. Mission Local

  • Florida: Workers’ comp to cover PTSD starting next month

    A new Florida law will take effect next month that expands workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcement officers and other first responders. Prior to the law’s passage, PTSD was only covered by worker’s comp if a mental injury was accompanied by a physical injury that required medical treatment. WUSF

  • Fertilizer plant worker sues for retaliatory termination

    A former employee is suing a fertilizer company on grounds that it retaliated against him for filing a workers’ compensation claim after he was burned by acid and suffered psychological injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder. Tampa Bay Times

  • Police officer denied workers’ compensation for accidental on-duty shooting

    A 30-year veteran of the Norwalk, Connecticut Police Department who was accidentally shot by a fellow officer during training session at a gun range last year has been denied workers’ compensation twice by the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, on grounds that his Type 1 diabetes is preventing him from returning to work. The Hour (Norwalk, […]