Workers' Compensation News - June 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 15

"Amputation Bonus"
"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21)." Martinez v Silverline 2003 WL 21305487 (N.J. Super. AD) Decided 6.9.03

NY: Workers’ comp fight resurfaces in Albany
A state politician has fired the first shot in a battle over workers’ compensation benefits that is expected to gear up in 2004--an election year.

Cell Phone Radiation - Class Action
4th Circuit Defines Insurance Coverage

Insurance Industry Poblems
Industry Insiders Admit Over and Over Again: Insurance Business Practices and Investment Cycle to Blame for Insurance Liability “Crisis”

Best Places Ratings of Atlantic Mutual Companies Under Review with Negative Implications

Best Downgrades Ratings of Kemper Insurance Companies
Best Co. has downgraded the financial strength ratings to D (Poor) from C++ (Marginal) of the participants in the Kemper Insurance Companies (Long Grove, IL) inter-company pool, eight reinsured affiliates and one domestic affiliate.

Smallpox Vaccinatins Begin Again - Phase 2
Medical experts renew call to freeze smallpox vaccinations