Safety and OSHA News

Could workers’ comp be denied because employee didn’t report specific injury?

This employee reported a workplace injury on the day it happened. The next day, he felt pain in another part of his body. Was failure to mention the newer pain enough to deny some of his workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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She didn’t report injury for 5 days: Does she get workers’ comp?

Back injuries can be tricky. Pain doesn’t always show up right away. Does an employee have to report a suspected injury right away to get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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No one saw him fall, his story changes: Will he get workers’ comp?

Imagine this injury case: No one saw an employee’s fall. On top of that, some details of his story change over time. Is it worth contesting his workers’ comp claim?  [Read more…]

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Ex-Postal Service employee faces jail time for workers’ comp fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service employee was recently convicted of conducting a 15-year workers’ comp fraud scheme. The jury determined she fraudulently collected more than $429,000 in federal disability benefits since September 2001.  [Read more…]

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Did worker give enough notice of injury to qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee says he told his employer he hurt his back at work. The owner of the company says he doesn’t remember the conversation. Does the employee qualify for workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Was back problem due to age or workplace assault?

No question the employee in this case suffered a workplace back injury. But was the company on the hook for workers’ comp for all of the employee’s subsequent back problems?  [Read more…]

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Employee lied to get job: Can company deny his workers’ comp claim?

A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?

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Does employer have to pay for walk-in bathtub for injured worker?

Workers’ compensation benefits sometimes include payment for medical equipment for the injured employee. In this case, the equipment in question is a walk-in bathtub.

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Worker lied about previous injury: Can she still get workers’ comp?

If a job required lifting 25 pounds, you wouldn’t hire someone with a 20-pound lifting restriction. But let’s say a worker hid that information from you, was injured on the job and filed a workers’ comp claim. Would the worker get benefits?  [Read more…]

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Injured pulling files from overstuffed cabinet

The injury was unusual to begin with: Pulling papers from a filing cabinet caused a back injury that ultimately required surgery. But then this question came up: Was the back injury really caused by work or an existing condition?

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