Employers Prepare for Possible 6% PA Workers Compensation Insurance Rate Hike

PA Workers Compensation Insurance

Pennsylvania employers could face a 6 percent increase in workers compensation costs later this year. Employers may also witness a spike in claims formerly capped by Impairment Review Evaluations, as well as the possibility of past claims being reopened. This increase in the PA workers compensation insurance rate – the steepest rise recorded in the […]

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Workers Compensation – Work Related Injuries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, these are the 10 leading causes of the most disabling work-related injuries: Overexertion involving outside source Falls on same level Falls to lower level Struck by object or equipment Other exertions or bodily reactions Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle […]

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Workers Compensation Jurisdiction

In the case of the jurisdiction of a Pennsylvania Workers Compensation claim, Watt v. WCAB (Boyd Brothers Transportation), the Commonwealth Court recently addressed the question of whether a Pennsylvania resident’s claim could be processed in Pennsylvania although he was injured in a different state. The court ruled against his claim. The Commonwealth Court applied the […]

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Pennsylvania Workers Compensation loss cost rate decrease

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The Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau (PCRB) said the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved PCRB’s filing which calls for an overall average workers’ compensation loss cost decrease of 0.90% from existing loss costs.  This is not a universal reduction but rather based on class codes.  Some rates may remain constant. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller approved […]

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Workers Compensation – Start the New Year Right With Safety and Loss Control Program Planning

Taking risks with employee safety and health leads to injuries and losses exerting a negative impact on your organization’s bottom line. An effective safety and loss control program identifies and controls or eliminates hazards, so injuries and losses are prevented. The result is a more productive and profitable organization. To develop a safety and loss […]

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Risks Ahead. Prescription drug abuse leads to longer recovery periods, which can drive up Workers Compensation costs.

According to Dr. Barry Sample, of Qwest Diagnostics, the incidence of prescription drug use is lower in workplaces that test for drugs. The US consumes 71% of global oxycodone supply and 99% of global hydrocodone supply. Nearly 75% of prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers. Over 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers […]

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Workers Compensation Coverage – Opioids are a gateway drug to heroin

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While there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013, an increase of 1% from 2012, the number of deaths involving heroin increased dramatically. There were 8,257 heroin-related deaths in 2013, up 39% from 2012. Total drug overdose deaths in 2013 hit 43,982, up 6% from 2012. A California Workers’ Compensation Institute study reported that […]

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Workers Compensation Resources

State Resources Carrier Search Tools (to identify which carrier is covering a company) Delaware Maryland New Jersey – Go to “Data Searches’ on left hand side of page and click on “Policy Coverage Search” New York Pennsylvania Virginia

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