S.D. bill aims to prevent lawsuits against comp insurers, employers

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Louise Esola

Lawmakers in South Dakota are slated Tuesday to hear about proposed legislation that would prevent injured workers from suing their employers, workers compensation insurers and third-party administrators on bad faith claims.

S.B. 145, sponsored by a total of 21 state senators and representatives, will leave bad faith claims up to the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, which oversees the state’s workers compensation program, and would ensure that an employee receives that which is due. Currently, parties involved in workers comp claims can be sued in…

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