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Did strenuous work cause employee’s at-work, fatal heart attack?

Heart attacks can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance depending on the circumstances. Witness and expert medical testimony swayed the court in this case.  [Read more…]

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Was at-work heart attack caused by job exertion?

Doctors for a worker’s estate and his employer disagreed on whether work exertion led to his death. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 1: The issues

With a mix of brand new, evolving and old issues, here are 10 workers’ comp cases from 2016 that show the questions courts have faced in the last 12 months on who gets to participate in the system known as the grand bargain:  [Read more…]

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Worker dies from on-job heart attack: Should widow get comp?

A worker had a heart attack during a particularly stressful day at work and died a week later. His widow applied for workers’ comp benefits, and the company denied them. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s fatal heart attack caused by unusual exertion and stress?

A towing company manager suffered a heart attack and died while attempting to extricate a truck from a culvert well below the surface of a highway. His widow was denied workers’ compensation death benefits. How did a court rule on her appeal?  [Read more…]

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Court: Employee was worked to death, widow gets comp

A maintenance worker put in 14+ hours one day at work, which included using a jackhammer for hours. He died on the job of a heart attack. His widow wants workers’ comp death benefits. His employer denied her claim. Why did a court conclude his death was compensable?

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Was truck driver’s heart attack work-related? Will he get comp?

A truck driver had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One day while securing a load of steel coils on his truck, he felt chest pains. He was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack. Will he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Is company liable for worker’s fatal heart attack?

What if an employee working remotely had a heart attack and emergency crews couldn’t reach him for 35 minutes? That’s what happened in this case, and now the deceased worker’s widow has sued the company.

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Does worker’s treadmill death qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee who was working at home took some time to walk on his treadmill. He was found dead shortly thereafter. Should workers’ comp pay death benefits?

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Should widow get comp for husband’s fatal heart attack at work?

Was a widow able to show that work stress triggered her husband’s fatal heart attack? That’s what she needed to prove to get workers’ comp death benefits. [Read more…]

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