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Courts order companies to pay death benefits for injured workers’ opioid overdoses

Courts are forcing companies to pay workers’ comp death benefits to families of injured employees whose addiction and death resulted from opioids prescribed for work injuries.  [Read more…]

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Widow wants death benefits because husband died of drug overdose

The family of a worker who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs filed for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing that the drugs were prescribed for a work injury. Did a court grant the benefits?  [Read more…]

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Employee beheaded at work: Widower to get workers’ comp benefits

The husband of a woman beheaded at work by a former co-worker will receive survivor’s benefits under workers’ comp, following a judge’s approval.  [Read more…]

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Was work injury to blame for prescription drug death?

California’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case where a man died of a prescription drug overdose and his widow argues she should receive workers’ comp death benefits because he was taking painkillers for a work injury.

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Court rules on whether family can sue for teen’s workplace death

A teen died after being buried in a grain elevator. Can the teen’s family sue the company as an exception to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy? [Read more…]

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Was police officer on duty at time of death? Widow seeks workers’ comp

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a trial court to take another look at a case involving a police officer who died while saving a drowning child. Whether he was in the course and scope of his employment at the time will determine if his widow gets workers’ comp death benefits.
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Was pain medicine overdose work-related?

An employee was prescribed pain meds for a workplace injury. He’d also been taking a medication for depression. An accidental overdose of both meds caused his death. Can his widow get survivor’s benefits under workers’ comp? [Read more…]

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Did dust and diesel fumes lead to clot and worker’s death?

One day at work, an employee collapsed and complained about difficulty breathing. Three weeks later he was dead. Was exposure to lime dust and diesel fumes the cause, and will his widow get death benefits? [Read more…]

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Will widow get comp? Worker dies from prescription med overdose

A worker was prescribed pain meds for an on-the-job injury. He died from an overdose of the drugs. Will his widow get workers’ comp death benefits? [Read more…]

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Transgender widow sues for husband’s workers’ comp benefits

The transgender widow of a firefighter is suing the City of Wharton, TX, for workers’ comp benefits that she was denied because she was born a man. [Read more…]

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