New Jersey court to determine if volunteer firefighter can receive workers’ comp

The New Jersey Supreme Court will address whether a volunteer firefighter who slipped on an icy sidewalk and broke her leg while responding to a fire in 2015 should be awarded workers’ compensation. She is seeking to overturn an appeals court decision that she was not entitled to benefits because she was unemployed at the time of the incident and had no other paying job. New Jersey Law Journal

Trolley operator allegedly hired attacker to injure him

A Boston trolley operator has pleaded not guilty to hiring someone to attack him while on the job so he could receive workers’ compensation. The defendant has been arraigned on charges of workers’ compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation, perjury for allegedly paying an associate to assault him in an effort to obtain fraudulent workers’ compensation benefits, and two counts of insurance fraud. WBZ (Boston)

Workers’ comp overhaul passes Kentucky Senate panel

Kentucky House Bill 2, which would limit workers’ compensation benefits to 15 years for workers with permanent-partial disabilities, is moving forward in the state legislature despite opposition from law enforcement and labor groups. Currently, workers with permanent-partial disabilities receive lifetime benefits. If passed, the bill would only apply to future workers’ compensation claims. WKMS (Murray, Ky.) [with audio]

California: Former Red Bluff councilman sentenced for felonies

Suren Patel, a 44-year-old former Red Bluff, California councilman pleaded guilty last fall to to workers’ compensation fraud, grand theft and two counts of public officer crime. A judge recently handed him his sentence: a five-year, eight-month suspended prison sentence and five years of probation. News India Times

Retired Los Angeles officer accused of workers’ comp fraud

Authorities say a retired Los Angeles police officer has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the city out of more than $200,000 in workers’ compensation. Investigators charge that he engaged in physical activities inconsistent with the injuries he said he sustained while on the job. U.S. News & World Report

First responders hail passage of Florida PTSD bill

Three Central Florida first responders who were at the Pulse shooting in June 2016 that left 49 dead and injured dozens of others were key in legislation approved that will allow police officers, firefighters and paramedics to apply for workers’ compensation if post-traumatic stress disorder is triggered by seeing something particularly gruesome, such as the death of a child or the aftermath of a mass shooting. It will go into effect in October. First responders have a suicide rate five times higher than the general public. Orlando Sentinel

Kentucky Senate passes insurance bill

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would change the personal injury protection coverage required in all Kentucky automobile insurance policies. The bill’s sponsor said it would eliminate excessive billing by requiring medical providers to charge the same price as workers’ compensation claims. Ohio County Monitor

Hollister City Council cancels motorcycle rally

The Hollister, California City Council this week voted to cancel the 2018 motorcycle rally, mainly because the promoter claimed he had lost several big sponsors and the council felt it was unlikely he would be able to secure new ones in time for the July event. One member of the public who spoke at the meeting brought up the issue of risk and workers’ compensation. BenitoLink

California assisted living facility operator pays $194K to resolve violations

An operator of three assisted living homes in California has paid more than $194,000 in back wages to 13 caregivers and cooks to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act violations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which also notes that the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office opened a separate criminal investigation for workers’ compensation fraud associated with the company’s failure to accurately report the number of employees working. McKnight’s Senior Living