Los Angeles controller seeks way to save millions in healthcare costs

Calling it a “common sense reform,” Ron Galperin, Los Angeles city controller, last week indicated that the city should explore becoming the first major city to integrate workers’ compensation healthcare and group health insurance. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the city budgeted $716.1 million for employee benefits for more than 47,000 workers, while budgeting $159 […]

California: Judge rejects lawsuit related to deadly helicopter crash

A judge has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the surviving family of a 37-year-old man who died along with three others in an ambulance helicopter crash in Kern County in December 2015, must go through California’s workers’ compensation death benefits program because his death occurred while he was working. The suit alleged […]

Gag order lifted in hockey player’s brain damage case against NHL

The attorney representing former professional hockey player’s workers’ compensation case against the National Hockey League says a fine and gag order has been retracted by an appeals panel that ruled that he judge did not have the authority to issue it. Mike Peluso, a former enforcer for several teams during a career of more than […]

Mississippian charged with false claims

A 39-year-old Brookhaven, Mississippi woman was jailed last week for allegedly lying about getting hurt at work when she filed for workers’ compensation. According to the indictment, she fraudulently represented that she had not received treatment on her knee prior to her injury at work. Daily Leader (Brookhaven, Miss.)

Washington: Workers’ comp cases need increased state oversight, employers say

In order to avoid further financial loss, a Seattle-based construction contractor is dropping its four-year court battle against an allegedly fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Washington state lacks a private workers’ compensation option. The owner of the business says the Washington Department of Labor & Industries should implement checks and balances and also expand its efforts […]