News Digest 6-29-2022

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Flash: New Rules for the Bureau’s Regs

The Insurance Commissioner has approved the WCIRB’s technical filing amending certain classes and approving expected loss rates. Click here for the gist of the approval. Workers’ Comp Executive


Woman ignored and lied to by her lawyers wins $150K malpractice lawsuit

Reversing a lower appellate court, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman whose law firm lied to her about filing a workers’ compensation claim on her behalf for more than a year in connection with injuries sustained in a forklift accident. The high court characterized it as a legal malpractice case, not a workers’ compensation case, and stated that due to attorney negligence, the she lost her ability to prove her work-related injury led to her temporary total disability. Legal Newsline


Minnesota governor announces plans to use American Rescue Plan funds

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday announced a plan to spend just under $40 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to boost public safety, mental health and child care needs around the state. Under the plan, $1.9 million would be set aside to pay workers’ compensation claims for certain state employees who contracted COVID-19 earlier this year. Duluth News Tribune