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March 2013 Archives

The perfect fit? Study asks commercial fishermen to rate floatation devices

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released some very interesting information this past summer concerning the most dangerous professions in the United States. Here, the agency examined data from 2010 -- the most recent year for which such data is available -- and determined that fishing was the most deadly occupation in the country, with an altogether shocking fatality rate of 116 per 100,000 workers.

Ex-cop pleads guilty to two counts of work comp fraud, pays $70,000 in restitution

Those men and women who serve as police officers here in the state of California deserve our utmost appreciation for their hard and dangerous work. In fact, it's important to understand that due to the inherently strenuous nature of their job, many of these police officers are susceptible to a multitude of serious and altogether debilitating work injuries.

Experts offer tips on how to prevent some of the most common -- and most costly -- work injuries

The most recent version of the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, released last month, made some truly shocking revelations concerning the costs of work injuries to U.S. employers in 2010.

Yet another California father, daughter duo facing criminal charges for work comp fraud, tax evasion

Earlier this fall, our workers' compensation defense blog discussed a shocking story in which a business owner based in the San Joaquin Valley and his daughter were ordered to pay over $600,000 in restitution to the state of California after pleading guilty to a multitude of insurance fraud and tax evasion charges.

Are some employers lacking vision when it comes to eye safety?

Most employers understand and appreciate the risks facing their employees, and will always go the extra mile to protect them from serious work injuries. However, statistics show that some may be lacking the foresight needed to protect them from an otherwise obvious workplace hazard: eye injuries.

State lawmaker introduces bill closing work comp loophole for out-of-state athletes

A few weeks ago, we discussed how thousands of former professional athletes have been filing work comp claims in California since the 1980s despite having ever played only a few games here.

California restaurateurs facing serious work comp fraud charges

The state of California is very serious when it comes to employers and their legal obligation to maintain workers' compensation insurance coverage. To illustrate, those employers found to be lacking valid work comp coverage are viewed as uninsured and subject to not only a "Stop Notice and Penalty Assessment" from the California Labor Commissioner, but fines of $1,500 per employee (up to a maximum of $100,000).

Lawmakers in southwestern state block bill concerning intoxication and work comp benefits

In a very interesting workers' compensation defense story out of New Mexico, state legislators recently voted down a bill designed to grant judges the ability to deny work comp benefits to intoxicated employees.

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