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84-Year-Old Florida Doc Accused of Illegally Distributing $10M in Pain Pills
June 29, 2017
Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions. Dr. Williem Ouw was arrested June 15 and held in a Fort Lauderdale jail until his release Wednesday on a $500,000 bond. … …

Mississippi Court: Workers’ Comp Benefits Owed to Officer Injured While Speeding
June 29, 2017
Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says the city of Jackson can’t deny workers’ compensation benefits to a police officer injured in a wreck while he was speeding. The court ruled 10-0 Tuesday that the city must pay former officer Kearney Brown …

Opioids, Distracted Driving Cited in Rise of Preventable Accidents
June 29, 2017
More than 130,000 Americans are killed annually by preventable causes, and the number has been climbing at a faster rate recently because of opioid abuse and car crashes involving drivers distracted by mobile devices. The death count jumped more than …

North Carolina Passes Bill to Limit Opioid Prescriptions
June 29, 2017
Legislation designed to address North Carolina’s opioid abuse problem is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. The House gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would improve the rules on prescribing and dispensing certain drugs like Oxycotin and morp …

New Flood Insurance Product For Florida Homeowners Available from American Integrity
June 29, 2017
American Integrity Insurance Group (AI), a Florida-based insurance provider, has unveiled a private flood insurance option for homeowners. AI joins less than a handful of Florida-based insurers to offer its own flood program — and is one of only two …

Rand Report Recommends Analytics for Fraud Prevention in Workers’ Comp
June 29, 2017
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted a report from the Rand Corp. with recommendations to prevent fraud in the workers’ compensation system. The Department of Industrial Relations last year requested that the Rand assess medica …

Nearly 60% of Payments in California Comp in 2016 Were for Medical Services
June 28, 2017
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California issued report containing estimated California workers’ compensation costs for 2016 based on insured employer experience. The report also reflects payments made by the California Insuranc …

Missouri Plumbing Contractor Hit with $714K in Fines Over Trench Collapse
June 28, 2017
A month after a 33-year-old worker died while working in an unprotected trench, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in a similarly u …

Corps to Begin Repairing Holes in Arkansas Levees
June 28, 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are expected to begin repairing nine sections of a levee along the Black River in northeast Arkansas that was damaged by floods last month. Emergency workers are making plans to cover the holes in …

After Children Suffer Burns, Indiana Water Park Owners Apologize
June 28, 2017
A company that operates a northwestern Indiana water park authorities closed after 11 children suffered chemical burns says it’s “profoundly sorry” for the injuries. An advertisement Seven Peaks Resorts placed in local newspapers says the children we …

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