Connecticut high court sides with insurer suing third parties in workers’ comp case

Workers’ compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer’s behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling. The ruling overturns a trial court decision that tossed a lawsuit brought by Pacific Insurance Co., which sought to recover compensation […]

Study links severe injuries among overweight, obese workers to higher workers’ comp costs

Overweight and obese workers are more likely to incur high workers’ compensation costs related to major injuries, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers examined data from 2,300 lost-time claims in Louisiana to compare workers’ comp costs and outcomes among overweight, obese and normal-weight workers. More than 75 percent of workers’ […]

Judge to decide if blueberry firm negligent in worker’s severe heat stroke

A judge will decide whether a Maine blueberry grower was responsible for the severe heat stroke a man suffered while burning off a field or if the worker’s poor physical condition and the unusually warm weather caused him to become ill more than four years ago. The 36-year-old sued Milliard A. Whitney & Sons on […]

Hawaii officials charge hotel contractor with labor law violations

A construction company working on a renovation project in Waikiki is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The Hawaii Department of Labor says R&R Construction violated labor laws in the renovation of the Maile Sky Hotel. Investigators say the company did not provide workers with prepaid health care, temporary disability insurance or workers’ […]

Long Islander falsely collected $11K in workers’ compensation: Police

A Hicksville, New York man was arrested Tuesday morning for collecting $11,000 in workers’ compensation that he was not entitled to receive, police say. The 31-year-old man allegedly made false statements to the New York State Insurance Fund about an injury he sustained while working at a Farmingdale tile business in February 2015. Hicksville Patch