Category Archives: Features

Comp Attorney Larry Frieman Running for House Seat in District 74

Larry Frieman, an attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman known for workers’ compensation defense work, is running for the open seat in District 74 on the North Shore. The seat is open for the first time since 2007. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Frieman about his campaign and what changes he’d like to make if elected.

OWC Creates Special Arrangement with EBR DA for Comp Fraud Cases

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) announced a new arrangement with the East Baton Rouge District Attorney at the August Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council meeting. Fraud Section Manager Darrick Lee, longtime OWC attorney, is spearheading the effort, which is designed to increase criminal prosecution of workers’ comp fraud cases across the state.

Meet Clarissa Preston, NCCI’s New State Relations Executive for Louisiana

NCCI has a new State Relations Executive for Louisiana, Clarissa Preston. Preston is a Louisiana native with varied experience in the workers’ comp industry, including as a regulator with the Louisiana Department of Insurance. She is currently responsible for Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and Arizona, as well as Louisiana. Preston spoke with Louisiana Comp Blog about her role.

OWCA Responds to WCRI Study Finding Louisiana is an Outlier in Opioid Prescribing

WCRI released a new study: Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, which assesses claims data from 27 states, including Louisiana, from October 2011 to March 2018. The study finds that, in all states studied, fewer injured workers received opioids recently as compared with previous years. Injured workers continue to be treated for pain with NSAIDs, which increased modestly, and other interventions.