Former CHP officer pleads no contest to workers’ comp fraud

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, a former California Highway Patrol officer who suffered a work-related back injury in 2008 has pleaded no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Physicians who reviewed medical reports and the surveillance videos say the officer overstated his symptoms regarding his workers’ compensation claim. Sacramento Bee

Suspected sewer gas at Los Angeles high school frustrates teachers

For about a decade, pungent odors have been reported wafting through part of Estancia High School in Los Angeles, and a teachers’ union says it’s far more serious than the school district has admitted. One teacher already is on medical leave for migraines he says are related to the odors. Los Angeles Times

Oregon workers’ comp claims spike along with the heat

Oregon’s hot weather has resulted more than 30 heat-related workers’ compensation claims in August. According to SAIF, the state’s workers’ comp insurer, Oregon workers have already exceeded the total number of claims recorded in the last two Augusts, combined. Jefferson Public Radio

Ohioan receiving workers’ comp for blindness caught driving

A 60-year-old northwest Ohio man who claimed that an eye injury prevented him from working or driving must pay back nearly $15,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after he was caught parking cars and directing traffic. Toledo Blade

Tennessee reforms cut workers’ comp claims, costs

The National Council on Compensation Insurance on Tuesday announced that it is seeking a loss cost reduction of 12.6 percent for workers’ compensation rates in Tennessee. Effective March 1, 2018, it will be the seventh consecutive reduction. It reflects a continuing trend of reduced premium prices since state legislators reformed the state’s workers’ comp system […]

Workers’ comp nightmares

Imagine a life-changing injury on the job, but then workers’ comp cuts what it pays for your care. One man is living this nightmare. WXYZ (Southfield, Mich.) [with video]