Texas Doctor Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud, Drug Crimes

A North Texas doctor will pay $376,368 in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy in federal court, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported. Clinton Battle M.D. of Arlington pleaded guilty on July 22, 2021, …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2021/07/30/625245.htm

California Workers’ Comp Report: Private Self-Insured Indemnity Claim Frequency, Paid & Incurred Losses Spiked in 2020

Workers’ comp claim frequency among California’s private self-insured employers rose in 2020, fueled by a big increase in the incidence of indemnity claims, offsetting a decline in medical-only claim frequency, according to a new report from the California Workers’ Compensation …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623710.htm

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Benchmark

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara adopted and issued lower rates for workers’ compensation insurance benchmark rate by 5 cents to $1.41 per $100 of payroll effective Sept. 1. Lara’s decision results in an average advisory pure premium rate that is …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623712.htm

Washington Couple Face Felony Charges in $116K Workers’ Comp Scam

A married couple working at their son’s Vancouver, Wash., auto repair shop who claimed to be hurt at the shop and received workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries are now both charged with stealing those benefits from the Washington State …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/19/623385.htm

Record Closed on California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California wrapped up testimony on Wednesday at a California Department of Insurance public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s Sept. 1, 2021 pure premium rate filing. The filing was submitted to the CDI in April …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/07/621678.htm

Texas Data Call for COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Extended

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has extended its mandatory data call to selected insurance carriers seeking certain information related to COVID-19 injuries reported to on or after Dec. 1, 2019, through the end of the …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2021/06/28/620474.htm

Washington Dry-Cleaner Owner Accused of Faking Injury in Workers’ Comp Case

The owner-operator of an Olympia, Wash., dry cleaning business faces a felony charge alleging he stole workers’ compensation benefits by faking the severity of his injury. Byung Sung Kang, 54, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/06/28/620501.htm