News Digest 9-12-2019

Quote of the day

“Oregon’s lost-time claim frequency has generally been decreasing moderately over the past few policy years.

National Council on Compensation Insurance




Oregon workers’ comp costs fall for seventh straight year

Oregon employers on average will pay $1.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance next year, down from $1.11, under a proposal by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. This will mark the seventh year in a row employers will experience an average decrease in workers’ comp costs. Average wage replacement and medical costs for injured workers show a long-term downward trend, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. KTVZ (Bend)


New Hampshire gov vetoes workers’ comp changes for partially disabled employees

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu late last week vetoed a state senate bill on grounds doing so would prevent upward pressure on workers’ compensation premiums. Business groups supported the veto, but bill supporters say the governor’s action will prevent partially-disabled employees from being fully compensated. The state’s Business and Industry Association says the bill would have expanded benefits for partial disability to include workers who are able to work but not earn as much as they used to. New Hampshire Business Review


Wyoming Supreme Court reverses workers’ comp decision

The Wyoming Supreme Court late last week reversed and remanded a lower court’s decision and held that a claimant was entitled to workers’ compensation for a shoulder injury, even though his employer told him not to submit a claim. The justices determined the statute of limitations did not apply. Wyoming Tribune Eagle


Phoenix firefighters fight workers’ comp claim denials

A Phoenix news station interviews several firefighters who say they contracted cancer on the job but their workers’ comp claims were denied. KTAR [with video]


Tips for spotting workers’ compensation fraud in the dental practice

Dental practice employees are susceptible to many types of workplace injuries and illnesses, but there are signs of fraudulent claims dentists can watch for. Dental Economics