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

Family sues insurer over death of SF public utility worker

The father of a San Francisco public utility worker is suing a tow truck company and a major insurance carrier for allegedly negligently hiring it. In June, the 34-year-old worker was was repairing a leaky water main in San Francisco when she was fatally struck by a runaway car that detached from one of the company’s trucks. NBC Bay Area – KNTV (San Jose, Calif.) [with video]

Watchdog identifies problems with Hanford workers’ comp system

An audit by the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General has concluded that the agency has failed to exercise proper oversight over its workers’ compensation program for contractors at the Hanford, Washington nuclear site, and recommends that the department dramatically increase its involvement in all aspects of the process, particularly in the area of communication and education. The problems reportedly have resulted in more than $21 million in missed payments to state agencies. Government Executive

Are small business owners liable for injuries outside of the workplace?

On-the-job activities can sometimes overlap with personal activities, which can make it difficult to determine whether an injury is work-related, or occurred while off the clock. When employees suffer injuries while participating in leisure activities or at home, who is responsible for getting them back to work? ChicagoNow

Mainer who overdosed at work sues salmon farm

A 30-year-old Maine man whose co-workers put him in a cold shower after he overdosed last year instead of calling 911 has sued his former employer, a salmon farm, alleging that it failed to operate a safe workplace where employees were properly trained to render aid. The claimant has been denied workers’ compensation because his injury was caused by a drug overdose, according to court documents. Bangor Daily News