News Digest 1-16-2020


Virginia Beach City Council gets update on response to mass shooting

Nearly eight months since the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, city council members were told nearly 500 employees filed workers’ compensation claims totaling almost $3 million in payouts, but the biggest impact continues to be to the workers themselves. WTKR (Norfolk, Va.) [with video]


Virginia: County volunteer responders seeking better workers’ comp coverage

Augusta County, Virginia county officials are working with volunteer firefighters to come up with an insurance plan that offers better coverage. While full-time firefighters are fully covered, volunteers are only covered up to $100,000. NBC29 (Charlottesville, Va.)


Fireman injured in 2018 in Oregon may receive workers’ comp: Judge

A judge has awarded a 72-year-old fireman, who was injured in a hit-and-run crash in 2018 in Oregon, workers’ compensation after more than a year-long battle. The workers’ compensation judge found he was entitled to benefits, including payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills for the life-threatening injuries he suffered. The fireman drove a water tender from California to assist the firefighting in McKenzie Bridge and was walking across a highway after dark to get to his hotel room when the driver of a van hit him and drove off. Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)


Florida lawyer accused of stealing workers’ comp settlements

A Florida attorney failed to provide settlement funds, including much-needed workers’ compensation benefits, to at least a dozen clients, police say. Florida Bar records show the attorney voluntarily had his law license revoked in 2018 and admitted to misconduct and not giving settlement funds to a number of clients. CBS Miami [with video]