This Week in Comp

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Safety 

Focus on Preventing Older Worker Illnesses and Injuries
PinPoint News
The workforce is aging as more Americans delay retirement for financial reasons. There is mixed news in that trend. Older workers tend to be more experienced than younger workers. On the other hand, they are more likely to fall and injure themselves on the job. This brief article offers tips for protecting older workers and preventing the costly claims that often result from workplace injuries…MORE

Traffic Deaths Decline as Wrecks Rise in South Texas Drilling Area
Insurance Journal
Texas registered 236 traffic fatalities in 2013, a drop from 248 in 2012. But the Texas Department of Transportation says there was a 26 percent jump in crashes that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities in the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale…MORE

Stricter Texting While Driving Measure Advances in Iowa
Insurance Journal
Iowa lawmakers granted initial approval of a bill that would allow officers to pull over motorists suspected of texting while driving…MORE

Get Defensive Behind the Wheel
Texas Mutual Blog
In 2012, someone died on Texas roadways every day. One person was killed every two hours and thirty-five minutes. Texas Mutual’s John Calvert offers defensive driving habits that could save your life…MORE

Opioid Epidemic

Lethal drug Combinations Warrant Close Monitoring
Work Comp Wire
More than 38,000 Americans died from prescription drug overdoses in 2010. About 15,000 of those deaths involved opioids and alcohol. The risk of overdose increases when opioids, muscle relaxants and benzodiazepines are mixed…MORE 

Cost Control

How Employers Can Manage Workers’ Comp Costs
PinPoint News
Do you think of workers’ compensation premiums as an unfortunate, yet unavoidable, business expense? If so, this short article could change your perspective. Workers’ compensation can be a core business practice and a means for improving the bottom line. If you focus on creating a workplace safety culture, especially when workers’ comp premiums are down, you can reap long-term financial benefits…MORE

Legislative Issues Texas Likely to Become an ‘NCCI’ State for Workers’ Comp
Insurance Journal
The Texas Department of Insurance on Dec. 30, 2013, filed a petition to adopt the NCCI manual for workers’ compensation and allow NCCI to assume certain functions that traditionally have been administered by TDI’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. The proposal anticipates an effective date of June 1, 2014, for the transition to the NCCI model…MORE

CompScope Identifies Medical Cost Drivers, Trends, and Effect of Regulatory Changes in 16 State Workers’ Compensation Systems
Houston Chronicle
The cost drivers of medical care in state workers’ compensation systems; the effects of legislative and regulatory changes on medical costs; and trends in payments, prices and utilization of medical care for injured workers are examined in a new set of studies from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI)…MORE

Arizona Bill Would Ban Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies
CBS
A bill that would ban lawsuits against insurance companies for denying workers’ compensation claims in bad faith is making its way through Arizona’s House of Representatives…MORE

Resurrected Bill Expands Conn. Workers’ Comp Law
Kansas City Star
Connecticut lawmakers have resurrected a proposal to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover employees who’ve suffered an emotional or mental impairment after witnessing a traumatic death or maiming while on the job…MORE

Claims Handling Dad’s Gone; George Smith Isn’t
DePaolo’s Work Comp World
After all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, workers’ comp claims are closed and sent off to some virtual file cabinet. David DePaolo reminds us that it’s not always easy for victims and their families to shut the book on workplace injuries. Take the case of a worker who suffered severe brain damage during a routine hernia surgery…MORE

Return-to-Work Death Awaits the Poor Who Sit Alone
Work Comp Wire
Feeling lonely and isolated from others can lead to less restful, restorative sleep; increased blood pressure, stress and depression; and a decreased feeling of living a meaningful life. From Bob’s cluttered desk comes a reminder that in a culture where injured workers often find themselves feeling isolated and alone, that is a finding we should take note of…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the editorial coordinator at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. He works closely with Texas Mutual’s safety professionals to teach employers and their employees how to prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs. David holds the OSHA 10-hour general safety certification and a degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State University.

Links to and from this blog do not reflect any affiliation between Texas Mutual Insurance Company and third parties, and are not an endorsement by Texas Mutual Insurance Company of the linked sites (or their owners or operators) or of any content located there. Texas Mutual Insurance Company does not vouch for the availability or accuracy of any information contained on linked sites.

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