Lake County, California sweep leads to arrest of contractor

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and other law enforcement partners conducted a compliance sweep to catch unlicensed contractors in Lake County, California on Thursday. During the multi-agency operation, investigators searched for people working without a contractor license and/or workers’ compensation insurance. As a result, Matthew Jonathan George, 28, was arrested and faces a felony […]

California: Dixon city council reinstates fired police chief

Jon Cox got his job back as Dixon, California chief of police on Thursday evening. He was also put on paid administrative leave until he officially retires in January. That was the compromise the city council and Cox came to after a nearly five hour special session that began with explosive charges of lying under […]

Rialto Unified school security officer arrested for workers’ comp fraud

A former Rialto Unified school security officer has been arrested after allegedly filing more than $100,000 in fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. According to the state Department of Insurance, the man received more than $112,000 in workers compensation benefits for an injury that he claimed happened after an altercation with a student at Carter High School […]

9/11 animal rescuer dies 4 days after judge denies her workers’ comp claim

A beloved emergency responder who helped to search for abandoned pets in the wake of the 9/11 attacks died of cancer on Friday, only four days after a state judge denied her workers’ compensation claim. DiGiacomo spent three months in the immediate area around Ground Zero participating in the operation and other recovery tasks, according […]

6 key notes on chronic opioid therapy for workers’ compensation spinal fusions

A new study published in Spine examines prescription opioid use after lumbar fusion for workers compensation patients. The study examined the CPT and ICD-9 codes for the Ohio WC patients who underwent lumbar fusion for degenerative disc disease from 1993 to 2013. There were 1,002 patients who received surgery during that time and 575 patients […]

Travelers finds human touch improves workers’ comp outcomes

The main reason injured workers who have in-person case management go back to work faster than those managed over the phone is that they are more likely to follow doctor’s orders by going to physical therapy and getting prescriptions filled. That’s what Travelers has found over the last five years since it tested putting its […]