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23 07, 2021

WCRI Study Shows No Treatment Delays Caused by COVID, but Some Care Avoided

By | July 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WCRI Study Shows No Treatment Delays Caused by COVID, but Some Care Avoided

COVID-19 did not delay medical treatment for workers’ compensation claimants, but did decrease the amount of emergency care and other services provided to injured workers, a study released Thursday by the Workers’ Compensation Institute concludes. Research by WCRI economist Olesya …

22 06, 2021

Regulator Objects But Court Clears Bid for $200M From Liquidated Insurer’s Owners

By | June 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Regulator Objects But Court Clears Bid for $200M From Liquidated Insurer’s Owners

Creditors who say they were swindled out of more than $200 million by the former owners of the liquidated CastlePoint group of insurance companies may proceed with most of the claims they made in a New York lawsuit, a California …

3 05, 2021

Insurers Expected to Expand Use of Drones to Survey Damage With Rule Change

By | May 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Insurers Expected to Expand Use of Drones to Survey Damage With Rule Change

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules are expected to clear the way for expanded commercial use of drones, which are increasingly being used by insurers to assess property damage. The updated Operations Over People rules, which took effect on April …

30 04, 2021

Texas Insured Who Paid Part of Settlement May Seek Recovery from Carrier

By | April 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Texas Insured Who Paid Part of Settlement May Seek Recovery from Carrier

A woman who chipped in $100,000 toward a settlement after a car crash can sue her insurer to seek recovery of that cost, but cannot seek damages in excess of the policy limits for negligent failure to settle because there …

29 04, 2021

9th Circuit Lifts Stay on Labor Law that Classifies Truck Drivers as Employees

By | April 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 9th Circuit Lifts Stay on Labor Law that Classifies Truck Drivers as Employees

A federal appellate court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented California from enforcing a new labor law that trucking companies contend will force them to discontinue the use of independent owner-operators and classify all drivers as employees. In a …

27 04, 2021

GEICO Must Pay $2.7M After Failing to Accept $30K Offer: Georgia Supreme Court

By | April 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on GEICO Must Pay $2.7M After Failing to Accept $30K Offer: Georgia Supreme Court

GEICO Indemnity Co.’s refusal to settle a bodily injury claim for $30,000 will cost it more than $2.7 million, under a ruling last week by the Georgia Supreme Court. The high court’s 7-0 decision answered three certified questions posed to …

27 04, 2021

Texas Policyholder Who Paid Part of Settlement May Seek Recovery From Insurer

By | April 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Texas Policyholder Who Paid Part of Settlement May Seek Recovery From Insurer

A woman who chipped in $100,000 toward a settlement after a car crash can sue her insurer to seek recovery of that cost, but cannot seek damages in excess of the policy limits for negligent failure to settle because there …

17 04, 2021

Traffic Returning to Roadways, But Claims Patterns May Shift Permanently

By | April 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Traffic Returning to Roadways, But Claims Patterns May Shift Permanently

The number of cars on US roadways is returning to normal as states ease COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean claims frequency and severity will return to historic patterns. Metromile, a San Francisco-based pay-as-you-go auto insurer, expects a permanent …

15 04, 2021

N.J. Supreme Court Upholds Order to Reimburse Workers’ Comp Claimant for Marijuana

By | April 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on N.J. Supreme Court Upholds Order to Reimburse Workers’ Comp Claimant for Marijuana

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a construction company to reimburse a workers’ compensation claimant for marijuana that was prescribed to relieve his back pain caused by a work injury. The high court rejected M&K Construction’s argument that …

14 04, 2021

Texas Supreme Court Sides with Insure on Mold-Related Policy Changes

By | April 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Texas Supreme Court Sides with Insure on Mold-Related Policy Changes

The Texas Supreme Court on April 9 reversed lower court rulings and found that Farmers Insurance was within its rights when it decided 19 years ago not to renew homeowners’ policies that it feared would have forced it to cover …