When a worker is injured on the job, but the injury occurs as a result of a preexisting condition or certain acts by the employee, an employer may have cause to dispute the compensability of a workers’ compensation claim filed in West Virginia (WV).
Employers in West Virginia (WV) must manage business operations and employment matters in what can feel like a funnel cloud of changing federal and state regulations. At Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, we strive to provide legal counsel and representation to alleviate some of this burden.
In 2021, the West Virginia (WV) Legislature passed Senate Bill 275, creating an Intermediate Court of Appeals in WV. The legislation also initiated changes to the WV workers’ compensation litigation procedure that became effective on July 1, 2022. With the Office of Judges eliminated and the WV Workers’ Compensation Board of Review taking on the responsibility for initial claim objections, there are some details of which insurers, third-party administrators (TPAs), and employers need to be aware as they issue decisions on workers’ compensation claims.
In July of 2022, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and West Virginia (WV) Governor Jim Justice announced that workers’ compensation rates for employers in the Mountain State would decrease for the 18th year in a row on November 1, 2022. These WV workers’ compensation rate changes reflect the work and advocacy of many committed individuals and groups in WV that have taken some of the steps necessary to rein in costs and create a more manageable system for covering employee injuries while addressing abuse and other issues that bogged the system down for many years.
With inflation reaching levels not seen in decades, the entire country feels a financial squeeze. In an effort to stabilize the economy, the federal government created the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The act has important implications that West Virginia (WV) businesses should review. More specifically, staying informed about and understanding legislation affecting coal operators, as this act does, is essential to stakeholders in WV’s energy industry.