Ohio: Solon approves $125K workers’ comp settlement for fireman

The Solon, Ohio City Council recently approved a $125,000 settlement and release agreement with a now-retired fireman who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit in the head by a deck gun under extreme water pressure when it was launched from a truck, during a pump training exercise in 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Utah teachers file millions in workers’ comp claims

Teachers in Utah have are filing staggering numbers of workers’ comp claims involving interactions with kids, particularly those with special needs. Costs to the three largest school districts have exceeded a million dollars in claims. KUTV

Report looks at California’s IMR program as possible model for Florida

Florida TaxWatch recently released a report that addresses the independent medical review program in California and examines whether a similar effort could maintain lower workers’ compensation costs in Florida. The report finds that a IMR program in Florida would see lower lien costs, expedited hearings, less litigation costs, limiting opioid supply and other benefits. Florida Daily

Utah teachers file millions in workers’ comp claims

Teachers in Utah have are filing staggering numbers of workers’ comp claims involving interactions with kids, particularly those with special needs. Costs to the three largest school districts have exceeded a million dollars in claims. KUTV

North Carolina rarely says their firefighting deaths were in line of duty

Although the state of North Carolina allows $100,000 in death benefits to police fighters, firefighters and rescue squad members who are judged to have died in the line of duty, the state Industrial Commission has awarded benefits when firefighters died of cancer just twice. Firefighters with cancer in North Carolina can’t collect workers’ compensation, including disability benefits, while they’re sick. State legislation in recent years to expand firefighter death benefits and workers’ compensation in cancer cases has died without floor votes. Charlotte Observer

FLASH: Applied Underwriters’ Can’t Force Arbitration

Court decisions against Applied Underwriters EquityComp Program and its unfiled and unapproved EquityComp reinsurance participation agreement are stacking up. Employers are beginning to see money results and out of long-term debts. Which court just ruled against the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary and why? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive

California: Amid more recent mass shootings, San Bernardino Islamic terror-attack victims worry about being ‘forgotten’

Three years after the San Bernardino Islamic terror attack that killed 14 people, injured more than 22 and caused post-traumatic stress disorder to others, survivors are struggling with constant reports of new mass shootings. Some complained in the two years after the attack that San Bernardino County’s workers compensation review system denied or delayed needed medicines, procedures, and psychological care. One workers’ compensation attorney says about 80 percent of her dozen clients who filed claims in the San Bernardino mass shooting “have sought or will be seeking” to take medical retirement. San Bernardino Sun

Iowa labor agency faces complaints of hostile workplace

An investigation that found a hostile environment at the Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Administration has prompted the removal of two administrators, both longtime state workers. The action came after another agency investigated allegations that a supervisor verbally threatened and intimidated subordinates while the director was aware of complaints and failed to effectively intervene. U.S. News & World Report