Davies Group to acquire comp TPA

Davies Group Ltd. has agreed to acquire workers compensation third-party administrator Alternative Service Concepts LLC, the London-based portfolio company announced Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ASC will join Davies’ newly formed North American Claims Solutions business, acting as the TPA. All ASC employees will continue in their roles as Davies employees,

Town may have to cover injured police officer’s marijuana

A New York town may have to cover an injured police officer’s medical marijuana for chronic pain he suffers after a car accident, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday in remanding back to a lowered court an earlier decision that denied coverage.

Police officer James Kluge was deemed disabled following an on-duty car accident in 1997 while working for the Town of Tonawanda and suffered from chronic pain as a result —

Smoking caused lung problems, not 11 days on worksite: Court

A man’s 17 years of smoking caused a respiratory condition he asserted in a workers compensation claim was caused by 11 days on the job at an events management firm, handling materials that produced sawdust and debris in the air, an appeals court in Florida ruled Thursday.

Ernesto Blanco, who worked to set up events,

Opioids cost employers $96B in lost productivity: Study

U.S. employers lost $96 billion in lost productivity costs between 2015 and 2018 due to the opioid epidemic, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries.

The Schaumburg, Illinois-based association concluded that costs associated with absenteeism, reduced labor force participation, opioid-related incarceration and employer costs for workers compensation and disability benefits make up 15% of total costs of non-medical opioid use to the U.S.

Judge’s unorthodox approach has huge opioid settlement within reach

(Reuters) — From the start of the sprawling U.S. litigation seeking to hold drugmakers and distributors liable for the country’s opioid epidemic, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has made one thing clear: He never wanted a trial.

On Friday, Judge Polster will make his most dramatic bid yet to avoid a landmark trial that is scheduled to start on Monday.