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NSAIDs Overtake Opioids as Top Workers’ Comp Drug in California
February 15, 2019
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 tha …

Texas Bill Would Protect First Responders’ Work Comp Claims from Illegal Denials
February 15, 2019
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 t …

Wyoming Avalanche Causes Damages, No Injuries
February 15, 2019
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. …

Lockheed Martin Sued for Fraud over Washington Nuclear Site
February 15, 2019
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 Wash …

Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire Texas’ Myron F. Steves & Co.
February 15, 2019
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 of …

Washington Business Owner And Mom Charged with Insurance Fraud
February 15, 2019
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 G …

Mudslides Carry Away Homes, Water Rescues Needed in California Storm
February 15, 2019
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 Fran …

Asia-Pacific SMEs Are Over-Confident About Their Cyber Preparedness: Chubb
February 15, 2019
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 Singa …

State Farm Announces 4.9% Auto Insurance Rate Decrease in Virginia
February 15, 2019
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company will cut its rates in Virginia for the second time in two years. As a result, its overall personal auto rate will drop by 4.9 percent. The total state-wide expected impact for State Farm …

N.Y. Construction Worker Injured by Steel Plate
February 15, 2019
Police in Long Island, N.Y., say a construction worker has his legs severed below the knee when a steel plate knocked him into a hole and landed on him. Officials say the unidentified 39-year-old man was working to install a …

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