Self-Insured Pursues Subrogation for Comp Claims

The City of Fresno is subrogating against two California contractors for a set of workers’ comp claims it contends were caused by the contractors’ negligence. The contractors allegedly mishandled the construction of a water treatment plant, which the City says resulted in two city workers becoming sick and filing workers’ comp claims. The City is … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Costs Up for Some California Taxpayers

California’s self-insured cities, counties, special districts, and other public agencies saw an increase in workers’ comp costs during 2021 despite an overall decline in the number of newly reported workers’ comp claims. Overall, taxpayers paid $2.56 billion to provide indemnity and medical benefits to injured public employees – an increase of $81.9 million or 3.3% … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Assessments Go Sky High

The Department of Industrial Relations demands on employers (insurers) and self-insured again sets new records. The agency says it needs nearly $1.4 billion to fund 2021 operations. It expects employers … Read More »

BBSI Leaves ACE Large Deductible Program

Barrett Business Services Inc. (Nasdaq: BBSI) says it could save up to $20 million a year on a new, fully insured workers’ comp program.  It also warns that the program could end up costing it an additional $7.5 million if its experience is worse than expected. Company officials say this look back to review its … Read More »

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Private Self-Insureds’ Results

Private employers that self-insure their workers’ compensation liabilities saw an uptick in claims and workers’ comp costs last year compared to 2019. Self-insured employers saw paid indemnity benefits increase by $25 million to a five-year high of $135 million. In comparison, medical costs dropped by $10 million to $132 million, according to the latest summary … Read More »

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Market Hardening for Excess Workers’ Comp

California’s excess workers’ comp market was relatively steady last year at just over $200 million in written premium by the same 19 carrier groups that wrote business the prior year. Beyond the topline number, however, there were significant changes. Two carriers cut back sharply. Excess workers’ comp coverage is bought by self-insured employers, self-insured public … Read More »

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Self-Insured Security Program Adds Members For 2020-21

The alternative security program (ASP) run by the Self-Insurers’ Security Fund is covering $6.5 billion in security deposits for 365 self-insured private employers for the 2020/21 program year. It does so without the members posting security deposits. The total amount covered by the ASP is down roughly $100 million from last year in spite of … Read More »

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Private Self-Insureds Results

California’s private employers that self-insure their workers’ compensation obligation saw their number of claims increase for the fifth year in a row (see chart below). But not all of the increase is due to the higher employment levels during the five-year period. According to data released by the Office of Self-Insurance Plans, there were 3.7 … Read More »

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