State to Cut Workers’ Comp Premiums

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has file with the Department of Insurance to cut workers’ compensation premiums by 9.6% next year. The department will hold a public comment session in Raleigh on the subject September 15.

Once the session has been taken into account, the Department of Insurance will either approve the cut or suggest an alternative. If approved, the proposal will save $119 million a year for businesses across the state.

If you need help with workers’ compensation, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Lump Sum Workers’ Comp Payments Allowed in NY

In New York, Governor David Patterson has signed into law a bill that allows workers who have suffered a permanant partial disability to receive workers' compensation in one lump sum if they choose.

In 2007, a court battle ended with the New York Court of Appeals ruling that all changes to the payment schedule must be approved by the legislature. The change went into effect immediately upon signing.

If you need help with workers' compensation, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Man Jailed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

In El Paso, Texas, a former US Postal worker was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for workers' compensation fraud. The man fraudulently alleged an on the job injury to his arm in order to receive payments.

In addition to the 10 month sentence, the man must also pay $54,851.30 in restitution as well as a $1,400 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. After his release he will also have to undergo 3 years of supervision.

If you need help with workers' compensation, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Workers’ Comp Suit Dismissed

A lawsuit against AIG alleging that the company underreported workers' compensation premiums has been dismissed by a federal judge. The suit claimed that AIG underpaid residual market assessments for several decades.

NCCI Holdings brought the suit against AIG, saying that it was excluded from a $300 million settlement in 2007 involving the same allegations. The judge in the case ruled that NCCI did not have the standing to sue on behalf of its members.

If you need help with a workers' compensation case, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Knowing Your Workers’ Comp

If you are injured on the job, do you know whether or not you are covered? Many people take for granted that a workplace injury will fall under workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case.

Often, people listed as contractors do not have workers’ compensation insurance unless it is through a third party. Other categories of workers may also be uninsured. If you do not know whether or not you are covered, you should find out from your company.

If you have been denied workers’ compensation, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.


$70K Awarded in Workers’ Comp Case

A New Jersey woman injured her knee while on the job at the County of Hudson Department of Corrections. Her injury required surgery to fix and she was disciplined under suspicion of faking her injuries.

The woman filed a complaint under the Law Against Discrimination and the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act. On July 2, a jury found in her favor and awarded her $70,000 for emotional and economic damages.

If you are having trouble with workers' compensation, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Montana’s High Workers’ Comp Costs

The National Council on Compensation Insurance has reported that Montana has some of the highest workers' compensation costs in the nation. The council recently presented its findings to the state's Senate Economic Affairs Interim Committee.

On average, a workers' compensation claim costs $40,000 in Montana as compared with $24,000 in other areas. This could lead the Senate panel to form new legislation addressing these costs.

If you need help with your workers' comp claim, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Continental Offers Workers’ Comp

Continental Risk Insurance Services has started offering workers' compensation coverage for hundreds of different classes that are generally not covered by their employers.

These classes include contractors, manufacturers and fitness clubs and the plans specialize in large accounts. The coverage is available in North Carolina as well as seven other states.

If you are trying to obtain workers' compensation, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Up in CA

California's workers' comp system has seen an increase in medical costs for claims. This increase came shortly after the system underwent reform in 2004.

A study showed that there was a 23% increase in the average medical payment for workers' comp claims between 2005 and 2007. Those payments went from about $2,100 to $2,582.

If you need help with workers' comp, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at 919-851-3311.


Businesses Owe $5M in Unpaid Workers’ Comp Insurance

In Onandaga County, New York, 50 businesses have been listed as owing a total of $5 million in unpaid workers' compensation insurance. These companies allegedly did not pay their premiums while retaining employees.

In some of the cases, however, businesses are saying that they did pay their premiums and are falsely accused. The Workers' Compensation Board is discussing cases with the businesses to make sure everything works out fairly.

If you are in need of workers' compensation benefits, contact the Raleigh workers' compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at  919-851-3311.