California fires: The financial, emotional ‘wear and tear’ of fighting fire

A San Diego Cal Fire unit lost two firefighters in two distinctly separate incidents over the last several weeks. Some contractors have died helping battle fires, but the company they worked for didn’t have workers’ compensation insurance. Does the kind of support families get after they lose someone depend on what kind of outfit they […]

California teacher sentenced for insurance fraud

A 48-year-old Lake Elsinore, California woman recently pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud after prosecutors accused her of submitting claims on several disability policies. At the time, she was also collecting a paycheck for working as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school system, […]

Texas workers’ comp costs way down since 2005

In Texas, fewer employees are filing workers’ compensation claims, and more employees are getting treatment sooner. Those trends, and reforms put in place by the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, are significant factors behind workers’ compensation premium costs falling 63 percent since 2005. San Marcos Corridor News

Judge to rule next month on former Orlando officer’s PTSD claim

A retired Orlando police officer who was on the team that removed bodies after the Pulse nightclub attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more last year should find out next month whether he can collect workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. Attorneys for the city contend the officer has no physical injury related […]

Former Jacksonville contractor charged with workers’ comp scheme

The former owner of a Jacksonville, Florida construction company was arrested December 7 on charges of providing false information when she applied for workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The state Department of Financial Services says Cristina Zelaya cashed hundreds of payroll checks totaling more than $5 million through local money service businesses, for construction work that […]