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Court says company not shielded from wrongful death lawsuit by temp worker

A recent state court ruling upends previous assumptions about temporary employees and workers’ compensation. Companies that hire temps should take note.  [Read more…]

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Did mining company know rock burst and injuries were likely to occur?

Four injured workers sued this company, claiming it knew they were likely to be injured and that workers’ comp shouldn’t be their exclusive remedy. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Wife finds husband dead at work: Can she sue for bystander emotional distress?

A worker’s wife discovered his dead body at work. Death benefits were paid through workers’ comp. Can she also collect for “bystander emotional distress?”  [Read more…]

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Garbage truck runs over its driver; widow sues employer

Was this workplace death primarily caused by the employer’s modification of a truck’s safety device or by the employee disobeying company rules? A recent court ruling addresses the widow’s lawsuit against the company. [Read more…]

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Workers sue company for toxic mold exposure: Does court allow lawsuit?

Two workers sued their employer for mold exposure. The company asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out, arguing the employees’ sole remedy was workers’ comp. How did a court rule? [Read more…]

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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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Employee knocked over, killed in shoplifter chase: Is employer liable?

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A Wal-Mart loss prevention employee chased a shoplifter, and in the process, a co-worker was knocked over and killed. Is Wal-Mart liable for the employee’s death? How did employee training factor into this case? [Read more…]

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Worker wants to sue supervisor who sprayed her with fire extinguisher

Usually, employees can’t sue supervisors for injuries at work — it’s prohibited under state workers’ comp laws. But there are exceptions, as pointed out recently by one state court. [Read more…]

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Chimp attack won’t be covered by workers’ comp

A pet chimpanzee attacked an employee who had been summoned to her boss’ house. The worker sued her employer who countered that workers’ comp should cover this incident. Now, there appears to be a settlement in this case. [Read more…]

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Can widow sue company for husband’s death caused by pigeon droppings?

A warehouse worker died from a disease caused by exposure to pigeon droppings. Is this covered by workers’ comp, or was his widow allowed to sue the company for wrongful death? [Read more…]

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