The bill allows a claimant for workers' compensation benefits to refuse an offer of modified employment if the employment requires the claimant to drive to and from work and the treating physician has restricted the claimant from driving.
The bill adds the loss of an ear to the list of other body parts for which an injured worker can receive whole person permanent impairment benefits.
Current law limits the amount of money that a claimant for workers' compensation benefits may receive dependent on the claimant's impairment rating. The bill removes these limitations and replaces them with one limit of $300,000, adjusted annually by the director of the division of workers' compensation.
The bill requires a workers' compensation insurer to pay benefits to a claimant by direct deposit upon request by the claimant.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)