NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.
Select a state from the dropdown menu below to scroll through the state specific archives for updates and opinions on various workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Contact information for NWCDN members is also located on the state specific links in the event you have additional questions or your company is seeking a workers’ compensation lawyer in your state.
The Division entered
into a consent order with American Zurich Insurance Company fining it
$72,000.00 for multiple violations including failure to pay accrued income
benefits based on a designated doctor report, failure to timely pay impairment
income benefits, failure to timely act on a medical bill, failure to timely
initiate payment of accrued temporary income benefits, failure to timely pay
initial TIBs, failure to timely or accurately report EDI data to DWC, failure
to pay subsequent quarters of supplemental income benefits, failure to timely
pay attorney fees ordered by DWC, failure to timely comply with a final
contested case hearing decision and order, and failure to timely notify of
decision for preauthorization. Consent Order No. 2022-7361, July 6, 2022.
The Division entered into a consent order with South Texas Health System fining it $6,500.00 for improperly pursuing a private claim against an injured employee. Consent Order No. 2022-7363, July 7, 2022. The Workers’ Compensation Act prohibits health care providers from billing injured employees for treatment of their work injuries. While some hospitals may not be aware of this prohibition, others are so concerned about violating it that they bill the workers’ compensation carrier for all treatment rendered to an injured employee regardless of whether the treatment had anything to do with the work injury. This practice, done out of an abundance of caution, often creates unnecessary subclaimant disputes.
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