News Digest 3-8-2021


California: Merced woman arraigned on workers’ comp fraud charges

A 54-year-old a former nutrition assistant at the Merced Community Action Agency was arraigned Thursday on four counts of insurance fraud at the Merced County Superior Courthouse, according to a California Department of Insurance news release, for allegedly misrepresenting the extent of prior lower back injuries in an attempt to improperly receive about $7,000 in workers’ compensation. Merced Sun-Star


California: Simi Valley contractor sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

After pleading guilty in December to multiple counts of insurance and unemployment fraud, a Simi Valley contractor was sentenced last week to 24 months of formal probation and $170,875 in restitution for workers’ compensation fraud, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office has announced. Pacific Coast Business Times


Could recreational cannabis cut New Jersey workers’ comp claims?

According to a new study co-authored by a professor of health economics at William Paterson University and director of the school’s Cannabis Research Institute, some states that legalized cannabis for recreational purposes have seen the rate of workers’ compensation received decline by about 20 percent for mid-career to older employees. NJ101.5


Attorneys discuss New Jersey workers’ compensation bill

Two Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP attorneys discuss New Jersey Senate Bill 3375, which “has alarmed many in the workers compensation insurance industry as a death knell to the respondent’s right to direct medical care, and to control costs of workers compensation litigation.” JD Supra


Mississippi workers’ comp chairman to speak to GOP women

Mark Formby, Chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, will be the guest speaker at the next Jones County Republican Women’s monthly meeting on March 10. Formby served on the Washington, D.C., staff of Sen. Trent Lott before serving 24 years in the state House of Representatives. Laurel Leader-Call