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Mandolodis Decision and West Virginia Workers Comp Conference

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The Mandolodis Decision Part II

The Mandolodis decision was discussed heavily at  West Virginia Workers Comp Conference. On 04/08/08 I attended the West Virginia Workers Comp Conference. The Conference is a prelude to the open market for Workers Comp in WV as of 7/1/08.

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The Mandolodis decision discussion became very contentious. The one area that concerned me, as it did most of the insurers, was the Mandolodis decision. Please see my last post for a breakdown of what the suit entails for Workers Comp insurers.

While the NCCI said that Mandolodis would not affect any employers’ E-Mod, there was a great concern that there would be coverage under Part B of a Workers Comp policy. Part B of a Workers Compensation policy is known as Employers Liability. It was designed as a catch-all in case a suit was brought against an employer that would be considered a liability claim.

Most state statutes and Supreme Court cases have ruled that there is a sole remedy for Workers Comp and that employees could not choose to sue their employer under a liability claim. Such suits would wreck the Workers Comp system.

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Mandolodis seems to have punctured the employer’s veil of Workers Comp as a sole remedy. That leaves the insurers and employers of WV in an interesting situation. One of the solutions that I had heard at the conference was to have a stop-gap policy that addressed the Mandolodis claims. This would seem to work on the surface, but Mandolodis claims involve an INTENTIONAL act by the employer. Insurance never has and never will cover an intentional act. This may complicate the situation even further.

The NCCI (National Council on Compensation Insurance) is the final decision maker on whether those claims affect the E-Mod. They gave their assurance that it would not affect an employer’s Workers Comp E-Mod. My understanding is that Brickstreet (the state-mandated temporary monopolistic Workers Comp carrier) is offering a Mandolodis coverage for a certain % on top of the original policy.

I am sure there is going to be some effect from the Mandolodis decision in WV. We may have to wait until 2010 to see what the final effect was from this conundrum.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
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  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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