New York chiropractor pleads guilty faking examinations

A 47-year-old Utica, New York chiropractor has pleaded guilty to faking medical examinations and reports in order to facilitate fraudulent workers’ compensation claims by employees of a psychiatric center. An investigation found that he submitted to the State Insurance Fund fraudulent medical progress reports indicating he examined and treated employees on several separate occasions in early 2016, when no such examinations or treatments occurred. Oneida Daily Dispatch

South Carolina first responders struggle to find long-term PTSD support

A 2013 study active-duty police officers by State University of New York at Buffalo and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers found about 16 percent of participants screened positive for PTSD, and more than 75 percent reported experiencing a traumatic event within a month of the study. In South Carolina, lawmakers in 2016 set aside funds for an insurance policy to cover work-related mental health costs for first responders, but the maximum benefits aren’t enough for the long-term needs for some who suffer from severe PTSD. GoUpstate

Florida: Pinellas sting nets 35 unlicensed contractors

Pinellas County, Florida detectives arrested 35 unlicensed contractors, resulting in 65 criminal charges, following a sting conducted at a vacant storefront in Madeira Beach. Undercover detectives were solicited by unlicensed specialty contracting suspects who offered to perform illegal unlicensed contracting work at the storefront. WFTS (Tampa Bay)

2019 Rate Cut Deeper Than Carriers Wanted

The 2019 rate decision is in and it is good news for California employers. How deep is Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ final pure premium rate cut? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive

Truck driver sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

A 48-year-old New York truck driver has been sentenced for testifying falsely and defrauding the state workers’ compensation system while improperly receiving $7,875 in benefits. State officials say he submitted falsified forms to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and his physician and testified that he had not worked for more than a decade when he was working for at least two trucking companies. Business Journal News Network

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

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

Families struggle for resolution after deadly oilfield accidents

More than five years after her son was killed in a vehicle accident while working on the Bakken oilfield, Brenda Austin is like many other family members of deceased workers who struggle with the lengthy court process. In 2013, the year her son died, North Dakota’s state-run workers’ compensation insurer handled claims for 13 oil and gas industry-related fatalities for the fiscal year. Five of those involved a motor vehicle. Grand Forks Herald