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VIAW Newswire 02.17.14

Posted on 17 February 2014 by admin

Painful Lessons

In Maryland, workers are eligible for weekly compensation based on which body part was injured and the severity of the injury. Minor injuries (MIN) are bumps and bruises that do not require surgery.

http://data.baltimoresun.com/workers-comp/

Labor Department Sues Ohio Bell for Suspending Injured Workers

AT&T workers who allegedly were suspended without pay for reporting workplace injuries will have their day in court. U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit –against the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., which operates as AT&T, on behalf of 13 employees who received unpaid suspensions after reporting work place injuries from 2011 to 2013.

http://ehstoday.com/osha/labor-department-sues-ohio-bell-suspending-injured-workers

The ACA’s Anticipated Effect on P/C and Workers’ Comp Lines

Though parts of the Affordable Care Act have been in place since 2010, key reforms began on January 1, 2014. According to industry experts, the ACA won’t affect the medical bill payment process; however, insurers will likely see an increase in the cost of medical care for auto accident patients, more subrogation liens from health insurers and the potential for delayed treatment in workers’ compensation claims.

http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/02/10/244246.htm

Firm involved in West Virginia Cell Tower Collapse Fined in ’09

The company that employed two of the three people killed in the collapse of a pair of cellphone towers in Clarksburg, W.Va., was sanctioned after a fatal accident in 2009 in Missouri, according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration records.

http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/02/10/244226.htm

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