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Light duty refused by injured worker; can she get workers’ comp benefits?

An employer offered light duty to an injured worker who had work restrictions. The employee refused to take the job, claiming it wasn’t within her doctor’s work restrictions, and she applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court say she should receive benefits?   [Read more…]

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Employee injured falling off yoga ball at her desk: Did she get workers’ comp?

This employee suffered a concussion at work without even leaving her desk.  [Read more…]

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Should injured employee receive more workers’ comp for complex regional pain syndrome?

Here’s a classic case of what happens when doctors differ on the diagnosis of an injured employee in a workers’ comp case.  [Read more…]

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Nightmare about spiders caused him to fall, break foot: Does he get workers’ comp?

This firefighter/EMT was at the firehouse when he suffered an injury. Despite that, his employer says his injury wasn’t work-related. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Truck driver falls while putting cell phone in his bunk: Does he get workers’ comp?

For traveling employees, such as truck drivers, it’s often a judgment call by a court whether the employee’s injury occurred in the course and scope of work or during leisure time. What did a court decide in this case?  [Read more…]

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Does workers’ comp have to pay for new wheelchair-accessible van?

Lawrence Turner, permanently and totally disabled from a work-related injury, requested a new van to accommodate an electric wheelchair. His former employer, Southern Alloy & Metals denied the request. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Feds sue church, allege retaliation for worker’s safety complaint on Facebook

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas church, alleging it retaliated against two employees for complaints about poor ventilation. One firing occurred after the pastor saw three Facebook posts about conditions at the church.  [Read more…]

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Trucker burns feet in crock pot of hot water: Can he get workers’ comp?

If a truck driver is injured just as he is getting ready to perform his first official duty of the day, is he covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can seasonal employee get workers’ comp for carpal tunnel?

Soon, if not already, thousands of people in the U.S. will enter the workforce or add part-time jobs during the holiday season. If seasonal employees develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), are they covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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