Targeting opioid use when workers get hurt

Some of the most innovative approaches for fighting painkiller addiction among employees come from an unlikely source: the workers-compensation industry. Workplace injury is one of the main reasons doctors prescribe opioids, and dependence has become an expensive problem for those paying workers’ comp claims. Workers’ compensation payers spent $1.54 billion on opioids in 2015, or […]

Ohioan sentenced for stealing mother’s workers’ comp money, using it on drugs

A Cincinnati woman who prosecutors say stole thousands of dollars from her mother’s workers’ compensation benefits for drugs has been sentenced. Investigators started looking at Shawna Jessee, 48, after a Bureau of Workers Compensation claims specialist couldn’t reach Jessee’s mother. Investigators found the mother living at a local nursing home and discovered Jessee had been […]

West Virginia man claims retaliatory firing

A Kanawha County, West Virginia man alleges he was wrongfully terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim. According to the complaint, the plaintiff was injured at work on Sept. 11, 2015, and received workers’ compensation benefits from the incident. The suit states was placed on a leave of absence on April 1 because of his […]

Q&A: Workers’ compensation and your nursery business

Bill Brandl, director of workers’ compensation claims with Sentry Insurance, has advice for garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries looking into adding or changing a workers’ compensation policy. Nursery Management