Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 08:30 External News

Relentless storms from a series of atmospheric rivers have saturated the steep mountains and bald hillsides scarred from wildfires along much of California’s long coastline, causing hundreds of landslides this month.

So far the debris has mostly blocked roads and highways and has not harmed communities as in 2018 when mudslides roared through Montecito, killing 23 people and wiping out 130 homes.

Monday, January 9, 2023 - 07:45 External News

With multiple powerful storms continuing to bear down on California, state officials have warned that rural areas are the most at risk of flooding because the levees that protect them aren’t built to the same standards as others that shield more populated cities.

These rural levees – many of which are owned and maintained by private land owners – mostly protect farmland from flooding and pose minimal risk to most homes. But failures can cause major thoroughfares to flood, as happened on New Year’s Eve when a major highway in Sacramento County flooded and one person was killed.

Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 08:30 External News

At least 20 apartments were damaged by the latest earthquake to rattle the region of Northern California where a stronger quake nearly two weeks ago killed two people and knocked homes off their foundations, authorities confirmed this week.

The magnitude-5.4 aftershock struck at 10:35 a.m. on New Year’s Day about 9 miles southeast of Rio Dell in Humboldt County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kyle Knopp, Rio Dell’s city manager, said inspectors on Monday red-tagged 20 residences at a single apartment complex. Knopp said inspections were ongoing and officials expected to find additional homes rendered uninhabitable by the latest quake.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - 07:00 External News

Thousands of customers are still without power following a large earthquake in Northern California.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck northern California on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Very strong shaking was reported from the quake, which struck in Ferndale roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco in the vicinity of the Mendocino triple junction where the Pacific, North America and Juan de Fuca plates meet, according to the USGS.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 08:30 External News

California’s expansive road system was among the nation’s worst ranked, according to a report from a research firm out on Tuesday. Hawaii’s roads were ranked as the nation’s worst.

ConsumerAffairs, a non-government research firm, used its own data combined with data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Federal Highway Administration to rank the best and worst road conditions for travel by state.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 08:30 External News

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck northern California on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco in the vicinity of the Mendocino triple junction where the Pacific, North America and Juan de Fuca plates meet, according to the USGS.

Very strong shaking was reported, with some reports of shaking up to coastal Oregon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 07:15 External News

It takes seven years to close the vast majority of workers’ compensation claims in California, more than double the time in the median state.

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California released a report detailing duration drivers for California workers’ compensation claims.

The report, Drivers of California Claim Duration, describes duration drivers for California workers’ comp claims, including how claim duration differs regionally across the state.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 05:45 External News

California’s State Average Weekly Wage rose by more than 5% in the year ending March 31, 2022, which will result in an increase in California workers’ compensation temporary total disability and permanent total disability rates for 2023 work injury claims and other workers’ compensation benefits that are tied to SAWW increases, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute is reporting.

The latest wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor examined by CWCI show that California’s SAWW increased by 5.159% from $1,570 in the first quarter of 2021 to $1,651 in the first quarter of 2022.

As a result, the TTD/PTD maximum rate, which stands at $1,539.71 per week for 2022 injuries following a record increase of more than 13.5% that took effect last January, will increase by an additional $79.44 to $1,619.15 per week for claims with injury dates on or after Jan. 1, 2023.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 07:00 External News

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California released its 2022 WCIRB Geo Study, which underscores regional differences in claim characteristics across California.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 07:30 External News

Edgardo Cabrales Sr., 61, and his son, Edgar Cabrales Jr., 36, both of San Jose, California, were charged with five felony counts each of insurance fraud after a California Department of Insurance investigation found they allegedly underreported $12 million in employee wages and payroll to save on workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

The Cabrales own two commercial cleaning companies in San Jose: Pine Building Maintenance and Network Facility Management.

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