NSAIDs Overtake Opioids as Top Workers’ Comp Drug in California

Article 0 Comments Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, have supplanted opioids as the most common therapeutic drug group prescribed to injured workers in California, according to a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study. The study also finds that payment data show that both dermatological medications and anticonvulsants now rank ahead of […]

Texas Bill Would Protect First Responders’ Work Comp Claims from Illegal Denials

Article 3 Comments A bill recently filed in the Texas House of Representatives would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-of-duty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws. According to one of the authors of House Bill 1521, Rep. Oscar Longoria, the proposed […]

Wyoming Avalanche Causes Damages, No Injuries

Article 0 Comments Heavy snowfall caused an avalanche in Wyoming. Snow tumbled onto a highway in northwest Wyoming, damaging one car but not injuring anyone. The Wyoming Department of Transportation says an avalanche occurred around noon Wednesday and sent snow onto U.S. 89 just south of Jackson. Dawn Dunlap, of […]

Lockheed Martin Sued for Fraud over Washington Nuclear Site

Article 0 Comments The U.S. Justice Department is accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of using false records and making false statements to bill the Energy Department for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized profits and fees at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. The federal civil lawsuit was filed last […]

Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire Texas’ Myron F. Steves & Co.

Article 0 Comments Chicago-based Ryan Specialty Group LLC has reached an agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Myron F. Steves & Co. (Myron Steves), an independently owned wholesale insurance brokerage headquartered in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. The Myron Steves team will […]

Washington Business Owner And Mom Charged with Insurance Fraud

Article 0 Comments Two Yakima County, Wash. residents were charged in Superior Court this week in connection with separate auto insurance fraud claims. The charges followed investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit. William Gaethle Tara-Lee Tillet William Gaethle, of Yakima, was charged with first-degree theft and filing […]

Hub International Acquires Assets of Toronto-Based Firstbrook Pointon Benefits

Article 0 Comments Hub International Ltd., the Chicago-based insurance broker, announced it has acquired the assets of Firstbrook Pointon Benefits Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Toronto, Ontario in Canada, Firstbrook Pointon Benefits is a full-service employee benefits consulting firm providing a broad spectrum of benefits […]

Mudslides Carry Away Homes, Water Rescues Needed in California Storm

Article 0 Comments Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday. In Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, a mudslide carried away two homes and […]

Asia-Pacific SMEs Are Over-Confident About Their Cyber Preparedness: Chubb

Article 0 Comments A significant perception gap exists between the cyber awareness and cyber preparedness at small and medium enterprises in some Asia-Pacific countries, according to a Chubb survey titled “Too Small to Fail?” The Chubb survey of 1,000 SMEs across Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, reveals that: Most respondents […]

Insurer Lancashire to Use Lloyd’s EU Hub in Brussels After Brexit

Article 0 Comments Property and casualty insurer Lancashire Holdings Ltd will use insurance market Lloyd’s of London’s European Union hub in Brussels after Britain leaves the European Union, its top boss told Reuters. “We have negotiated with Lloyd’s and we will write businesses that are affected by Brexit through our […]