Are smartphones boosting workers’ comp claims?

Motor vehicle accidents increased by 5 percent between 2011 and 2016, amid a 17.6 percent decline in all workers’ compensation claims. The reason? Probably the use of smartphones and other distractions to drivers, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The motor vehicle accident trend mostly involved workers who spent the most time behind […]

Mail hauler suspected of stealing almost $2M from Postal Service

Prosecutors have charged a 53-year-old trucking business owner from Wyoming with stealing close to $2 million from the U.S. Postal Service by falsely claiming for 12 years to be paying for workers’ compensation insurance. Peoria Journal Star

Despite Texas law, firefighters denied workers comp for treatment

In the past six years, more than nine in 10 Texas firefighters with cancer have had their workers’ compensation claims denied, according to state statistics. Union leaders and state legislators say cities have ignored Texas’ presumptive cancer statute for first responders, and face few consequences for denying claims. Houston Chronicle

Ohio: Dayton construction company owner ordered to repay $255K

A Dayton, Ohio construction contractor has been ordered to pay more than $255,000 in penalties for underreporting payroll to avoid workers compensation premiums, one of three local defendants convicted last month of workers compensation fraud. Dayton Daily News