Fertilizer plant worker sues for retaliatory termination

A former employee is suing a fertilizer company on grounds that it retaliated against him for filing a workers’ compensation claim after he was burned by acid and suffered psychological injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder. Tampa Bay Times

Florida: Workers’ comp to cover PTSD starting next month

A new Florida law will take effect next month that expands workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcement officers and other first responders. Prior to the law’s passage, PTSD was only covered by worker’s comp if a mental injury was accompanied by a physical injury that required medical treatment. WUSF

Police officer denied workers’ compensation for accidental on-duty shooting

A 30-year veteran of the Norwalk, Connecticut Police Department who was accidentally shot by a fellow officer during training session at a gun range last year has been denied workers’ compensation twice by the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, on grounds that his Type 1 diabetes is preventing him from returning to work. The Hour (Norwalk, Conn.)

San Francisco: SF Muni bus drivers call out assaults, indifference

A group of public transportation drivers recently met with the media to relay horror stories about being physically and verbally assaulted while on the job, and what they call the failure of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to adequately protect them and respond after they are assaulted. Mission Local

Lawsuit alleges disclosure of officer’s private medical information

A former Fairview, Tennessee police officer is suing the city in federal court for allegedly publicly disclosing, during a public event and to a local newspaper, confidential medical information about his post-traumatic stress disorder. The newspaper story mentioned the officer’s workers’ compensation claim alleging PTSD that developed after an officer-involved shooting incident. Tennessean

NCCI: Workers’ comp costs rise as ‘mega claims’ grow

According to a research brief from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, 2016 saw an uptick of 10 so-called mega claims; meaning, claims of $10 million or more. Mega claims make up a larger proportion of total lost-time claims in 2016 than they did in 2006, and the contracting industry group still has the greatest share of them. benefitsPRO

Fund created for injured Stockton motorcycle officer

A motorcycle officer with the Stockton Police Department faces a long road to recovery after being struck by a vehicle in a head-on collision in late August. According to the Stockton Police Officers’ Association, the officer has undergone surgeries, physical therapy and a multitude of treatments; a recovery fund has been established. Recordnet

Bay Area care centers owners charged with human trafficking, theft

The owners of six residential care homes in South San Francisco, Daly City and Pacifica have been charged with human trafficking and grand theft, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday. The family allegedly exploited hundreds of Filipino immigrants over nearly a decade, cheating them out of $8.5 million in wages while failing to pay state and federal income taxes and workers’ compensation. SFGate

California: Local LAPD officer arraigned on fraud charges

A 47-year-old Los Angeles Police Department traffic officer was arraigned last week on a felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud, for allegedly working out in a manner inconsistent with his claimed injury. The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

Pinnacol releases study of Colorado workers’ injuries

Pinnacol Assurance has taken five years of data and provided a breakout of the type, timing and rate of injuries in Colorado in four big categories. Among the findings, construction workers in Colorado are more prone to back strains, while hospitality workers cut their fingers and hands more frequently and health care workers pick up illnesses from patients. Back strains are also the most reported injury for professional and clerical workers, followed by slips on snow and ice. And blows from patients are the fourth leading source of workers’ compensation claims among healthcare workers in the state. Denver Post