News Digest 7-23-2019


West Virginia workers’ compensation expected to see another loss cost

West Virginia’s agent for workers’ compensation has filed a proposed loss cost decrease of 1.6 percent. A proposed 4.1 percent rate decrease for the assigned risk market has also been filed with the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner. MetroNews


Iowa DWC launches new online filing system

The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has introduced a new online filing system that provides web-based access and individual accounts for users, 24-hour e-filing and email notifications of agency decisions and filings. The Gazette


Pennsylvania: Former church educator settles retaliatory firing claim

A former church educator who claimed her employer wrongfully terminated her employment after she filed a workers’ compensation claim, arising out of alleged assault the parent of a school-aged student enrolled in the facility, has settled her lawsuit against the Philadelphia church. Pennsylvania Record


New Jersey law amends workers’ comp law for first responders

A new law reforms New Jersey’s workers’ compensation law to create a rebuttable presumption of coverage for public safety workers for certain illnesses. Under prior law, first responders and firefighters had the burden of proving causation for their illnesses, which often required a significant expense of time and resources. New Jersey Law Journal [may require registration]


Lawyer accused of mishandling workers’ comp claim

An attorney and his Chicago law firm are being sued for allegedly mishandling a client’s workers’ compensation claim, regarding unanswered settlement offers made to the plaintiff. Cook County Record