News Digest 7-22-2019

Quote of the day

“2018 served as a record year in many ways for the Commission. January 1 marked the inauguration of the Commonwealth’s first fee schedule for medical services.”

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman R. Ferrell Newman

August Free Press



Grocery company sued over ammonia leak

A personal injury lawsuit has been filed against Brookshire Grocery Company in connection with a 2017 ammonia leak on grounds workers at the company’s facility in Tyler, Texas suffered lung damage, decreased lung and pulmonary function and risk of developing long-term debilitating lung diseases. The lawsuit sites also alleges ammonia alarms in several of the buildings were not operational and that employees became aware of the exposure by a text message from a colleague. KLTV (Tyler, Texas)


Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission releases annual report

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has released its 2018 Annual Report, which provides a summary of key initiatives, trends, and outcomes for the Commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system and other programs administered by the commission. August Free Press


Connecticut truck driver receives settlement for 2017 crash

A 63-year-old Connecticut truck driver who was injured after the tractor-trailer he was driving was forced off the road by a pickup truck with unsafe tires has received a $250,000 settlement. The worker alleged he suffered neck and back injuries that prevented him from returning to work. The Day (New London, Conn.)


Ohio budget includes $645M BWC budget

Ohio legislators last week approved a $645 million funding measure for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The budget however did not include a provision that would have covered post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders without physical injuries. Morning Journal