NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.
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There are many sections of the Workers’ Compensation Act that may subject employers/carriers to fines, as follows:
· 19 Del. C. §2313 – Where an employer or insurance carrier fails within 10 days after knowledge of the occurrence of an accident resulting in personal injury to file a First Report of Injury, the employer may be fined between $100.00-$250.00. Reports made under this section are not admissible in evidence against the employer.
· 19 Del. C. §2320(8) – “Costs legally incurred may be taxed against either party or apportioned between the parties at the sound discretion of the Board, as the justice of the case may require.”
· 19 Del. C. §2322E(d) – Within 14 days of the issuance of an Agreement for any period of total disability, the employer shall provide to the health care provider/physician most responsible for the treatment of the employee’s work-related injury and to the employer’s insurance carrier, if applicable, a report of modified duty jobs which may be available to the employee. The insurance carrier for an insured employer shall send to such employer the aforementioned report for completion, and shall be independently responsible for providing a completed report of modified duty jobs to the health care provider/physician. 19 Del. C. 2322F(g) provides for fines of between $1,000.00-$5,000.00.
· 19 Del. C. §2322F(h) - An employer or insurance carrier shall be required to pay a health care invoice within 30 days of receipt of the invoice as long as the claim contains substantially all the required data elements necessary to adjudicate the invoice, unless the invoice is contested in good faith. If the contested invoice pertains to an acknowledged compensable claim and the denial is based upon compliance with the health care payment system and/or health care practice guidelines, it shall be referred to utilization review. Any such referral to utilization review shall be made within 15 days of denial. Unpaid invoices shall incur interest at a rate of 1% per month payable to the provider. 19 Del. C. §2322F(g) allows for fines of between $1,000.00-$5,000.00.
· 19 Del. C. §2346 – The Board may impose a fine not to exceed $500.00 for each use of the term “independent medical examination” or “IME”.
· 19 Del. C. §2362 – Requires payment of final Board Awards and settlement agreements within 14 days, and permits fines of between $500.00-$2,500.00 for non-compliance.
· Huffman – If a Board Award or Agreement between the parties is not paid within 30 days of a final Award or Agreement, claimant can assert a Huffman demand under the Wage Payment Collections Act. If not paid within 30 days of the demand, Huffman sanctions/penalties include a liquidated damage payment of 10% per day of the outstanding balance up to 100% liquidated damages, costs of any filing (Superior Court Complaint) and a claimant’s attorney’s fee (rate of whatever is reasonable -- could be +/- $300.00 per hour). This is in addition to any other penalties otherwise available under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
· 19 Del. C. §2365 retaliation – fines of between $500.00-$3,000.00.
· 19 Del. C. §2374 – minimum of $250.00 per day or $10.00 per employee, whichever is greater, for the time period no workers’ compensation insurance policy is in effect.
· 19 Del. C. §2386 – whenever an insurance company or self-insurer violates this chapter, neglects or refuses to comply with this chapter, or willfully makes any false or fraudulent statement of its business or condition or a false or fraudulent return, it shall be fined between $100.00-$1,000.00 per offense.
Should you have any questions, please contact any attorney in our Workers’ Compensation Department.