Study finds workers’ comp may be gateway to opioid addiction

Common injuries for which people claiming workers’ compensation received opioids include crushes, strains and sprains, permanent disability and chronic joint pain, the researchers reported. A new study indicates nearly 30 percent of them may still be taking them three months after their injury, increasing the odds of addiction. Health Day News

Applied Underwriters’ Loses Arbitration Appeal Again

Applied Underwriters found itself on the losing end of another argument over the enforceability of key provisions in its EquityComp reinsurance participation agreement. What were the court’s key take-aways? Get the story here. Workers’ Comp Executive

Cleaning business indicted for insurance fraud

Two owners of a Malden, Massachusetts-based cleaning company have been indicted for allegedly misclassifying employees in order to avoid paying workers’ compensation premiums. Investigators allege one falsely claimed that the work was performed by subcontractors, concealing more than $2.8 million in payroll. WickedLocal North of Boston

Buffalo-area man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

A 52-year-old Le Roy, New York man has been sentenced for illegally collecting more than $4,000 in workers’ compensation. While collecting the benefits, he allegedly falsely reported to the state Workers’ Compensation Board that he was not working in any capacity when he was employed as a farmhand. The Daily News