California Faces Increased Workers’ Comp Rates

Workers’ compensation rates could be increasing in California. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has advised a 23.7% increase in rates for employers.

California employers currently pay $2.25 per $100 of payroll, but that could go up to $2.78 with this increase. While this is far from the $6.45 of 2003, it could still mean shutting down for businesses that are having trouble staying afloat in this economy.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Workers Comp Victims Receive Checks

In Florida, a fraudulent workers’ compensation company “insured” companies and never paid out to injured workers. The scam started in 2001 and has since been debunked.

14 injured employees who did not receive the checks they were due over the last few years have finally received their money. Unfortunately, for some of them, it comes too late to save their houses.

If you need workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Man Killed in Barge Accident

A man working on a barge on the Mississippi was killed in an accident recently. The barge was near Buffalo, just west of Davenport when the accident occurred. He fell off the barge he was working on and was dragged under another, killing him.

A ruling by the Iowa Industrial Commission stated that the man was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, but would receive death benefits. This ruling is founded by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act even though he was killed on the job.

If you are trying to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Last Minute Bills on the Governor’s Desk

The legislative session ends at midnight tonight. Until then, there are several bills that need to be signed or vetoed by Governor Chet Culver. Among those is a workers’ compensation bill.

The bill would allow workers who were wrongfully denied compensation benefits to receive 50% more than they would have. However, there would also be an increase in the filing fee from $65 to $100.

If you or someone you know has been wrongfully denied workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Workplace Injuries

When you are injured on the job, your employer should provide you with compensation for your medical expenses as well as lost time and wages at work. However, not all employers do this.

In some cases, employers will attempt to say that the employee was not injured while performing his or her job. These arguments can range from saying that the employee was off the clock to saying he or she was not performing a function of his or her job description.

If your employer is denying you workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



2009 Annual Drug Trends Report Released

The 2009 Annual Drug Trends Report was released recently based on nearly 8 million pharmacy transactions from 2006 to 2008. The report showed that approximately 14% of all workers’ compensation spending goes toward pharmacy cost.

This is because the overall spending for prescriptions increased by 5.4% in 2008 from the year before. There was also a reduction in the availability of generic drugs on top of an increase in drug prices.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Virginia Allows Online Workers’ Comp Claims

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is now allowing injured workers to submit their claims online. This will have several benefits for the workers’ compensation system in the state.

Not only will it be easier for employers and employees to file their claims, but those claims and benefit payments will be processed more quickly and efficiently. This will also cut down on paper, making the process cheaper.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



North Carolina Workers’ Comp Payments May Be Capped

The North Carolina House is considering putting limits on workers’ compensation benefits. A current proposal would cut off payments six years after workers turn 65 unless they are approved for lifetime benefits.

The hope of the proposal is to cut down on fraudulent claims and to keep North Carolina low-cost place in the areas of living and doing business. Legislation like this could spread if it does well.

If you are attempting to receive workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Chrysler Bankruptcy V. Michigan Workers’ Compensation

Auto maker Chrysler LLC currently pays $25 million a year to Michigan’s Self Insurers Security Fund. This fund pays for workers’ compensation benefits for self insured employers in the state.

If Chrysler is sold in its bankruptcy, its debtors may not continue payments to the fund. This would mean eventual insolvency for the fund, leaving injured workers without compensation.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



$11,000 Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Maine man has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being convicted of workers’ compensation fraud. The man collected over $11,000 in total incapacity benefits.

While he was collecting his workers’ compensation benefits, the man was also working under the table for hotels in his area. He is the second person in the last two weeks to receive jail time for workers’ compensation fraud.

If you need workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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